Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Muffins

Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Muffin

Kids are on winter break and the weather outside is cold, windy and at times raining… so apa lagi kerja Umi dia kalau tak baking ha ha ha. Oh… correction… Aina baked this muffin last night and half of them were gone within the hour. This is the second time we baked this muffin, it is extremely fluffy when it is still warm. The kids love them because it is soft and chocolaty. Thanks to Rima for sharing this recipe.

The buttermilk gives a soft and moist texture to the muffin

Almost gone in less than 24 hours he he he

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups dark or white chocolate chips

 

The buttermilk gives the muffin a soft and moist texture

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C/400°F – Line at least 18 muffin tin cups.
  2. Mix the flour, brown sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a large bowl using a whisk.
  3. Mix the eggs, buttermilk, melted butter and vanilla extract in another bowl. Use the same whisk to whisk them together.
  4. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet until just mixed.
  5. Fold in the white chocolate chunks.
  6. Fill the muffin cups until almost full (if you want them to achieve a proper muffin top)
  7. Bake in oven for 14-18 minutes until cake tester inserted into the muffin comes out clean.
  8. Cool for 5-10 minutes in pans before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
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Fridge Magnet London Europe Trip 2012 – Part 4

Assalamualaikum and a very good Monday to all. Hope you will have a productive week ahead. I know that it is only Monday but I’m so looking forward to Friday he he he. Gatal je kaki ni nak go window shopping this morning… but apakan daya, Sofea is on study break which means “day dreaming” if I’m not here to supervise… and my eldest daughter Aina is also on study leave. Her last paper is Thinking Skill… macamana nak study tu? She been doing lots of questions on that subject because that is the only way to prepare yourself for the exam. Want to have a peek at the question? Okay.. I’ll give you one or two just to test your thinking skill.

1. If you were alone in a deserted house at night, and there was an oil lamp, a candle and firewood and you only have one match, which would you light first?

2. You have to choose between three rooms.
The first is full of raging fires
The second is full of tigers that haven’t eaten in 3 years.
The third is full of assassins with loaded machine guns.
Which room should you choose?

3. To the nearest cubic centimetre, how much soil is there in a 3m x 2m x 2m hole?

Orait… enough with that. Let me know if you know the answers. Back to our business haha ha. Okay… Italy. The weather was so hot and humid during our visit to Rome, Venice and Florence, and we had to do a lot of walking while we were there. The temperature was about 40C and super duper humid. If you are planning to visit Italy, do not go during summer… you won’t enjoy it. We spent so much money on water and mind you, it was not cheap. A bottle of 500ml mineral water cost about 2 euros. Let me just just give you an example…  when the bus stop at the Colosseum,  we bought 5 bottles of water which cost us 10 euros and on the way back to the bus we need to buy another 5 bottles… so in total it cost is 20 euros which if you were to convert that to RM… it will be about RM 80 or in KD it will be KD7. Crazy…. duit habis memang macam air.

Anyway, I bought tons of fridge magnet in Italy… my other half said that I went “crazy” due to the heat… ha ha ha. So we decided to give away some as souvenirs. So these are all that I decided to keep for myself.

My Italia FM

Venice Slippers

Venice Stamp FM

Venice

Florance FM

St Peter’s Square FM

Colosseum FM

Italy Map  – Wooden FM

Italy Map – Metal FM

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Almost Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookies

My Almost Famous Amos Choc Chip Cookoies

This week is the kids final week of exam and I find myself more eager than them that the exam is coming to the end. Apa taknye… almost all fun activities have been put on hold just to make sure that their study time won’t be affected. Despite “no fun activities being declared”, yesterday we went shopping for boots! It felt soooo good to be able to just go out and have a look at some boots…. Everybody wanted to buy one but decided not to buy straight away after just looking at 2 shops, well… except for Jessy. She wanted hers ASAP just because the juniors are having their Mufti-Day this coming Thursday. Hai… stylo mylo betul budak ni!

Heard of this Mufti Day before? Well, honestly, I only knew about this Mufti day when my girls started schooling here in Kuwait. According to Wikipedia, Mufti Day (also known as Uniform-free Day, Casual Dress day) is a day where students go to school in casual clothing instead of school uniform. In return, students are usually required to make a small donation which goes to a chosen charity or school fundraising effort. In NES the junior students need to pay KD 0.500 each at least a week before the day. Even though they are wearing casual clothes, class will proceed as usual… this is not end of year party because they just started schooling last September but it is the last day of 1st semester.

Alright… since it has been months since my last posting, here is something sweet to start with… Almost Famous Amos Choc Chip Cookies. Recipe was taken from Rima’s blog and I have baked this cookies a couple of times this year. Love it!

Ingredients

  • 250g unsalted butter,softened
  • 200g light brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp coffee oil (this is the one that gives the cookie its distinctive fragrance, I didn’t add coz I don’t have it in my pantry)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup oats,processed to bits in a chopper (i used cornflakes)
  • 1/4 cup ground almonds
  • 1/2 cup of your favourite nuts,chopped finely (optional… I tak letak as kids do not fancy nuts in cookies)
  • 1 pack of Nestle Tollhouse semi-sweet chocolate chips OR chocolate chunks
  • 300g self-raising flour (i used plain flour with 1/2tsp of baking powder)
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Super delicious

Method

  1. If you have coffee oil, make sure you do this step at least 2 hours before,or the night before; beat the egg with the vanilla and the coffee oil to infuse or you can do this the night before,refrigerate it then bring it to room temperature before baking.
  2. Preheat oven to 160C.
  3. To the softened butter,beat in the sugar and the salt to combine. Beat in the egg and stir in the processed oats,ground almonds,optional chopped nuts and the chocolate chips / chunks. Sift the flour and fold it in,this dough will not be too stiff but not too wet either.
  4. For small cookies,place half-tsp of the dough,spaced slightly apart on the cookie sheet and bake for 9 to 10 minutes. (mine take about 12-15 minutes)
  5. For large cookies, place rounded tbsp of the dough spaced apart on the cookie sheet and bake for 20 to 22 minutes.
  6. Cool completely and let it sit overnight in an airtight container,this is for the flavour and fragrance to develop further.