Thursday, January 3, 2013

Vanilla Chocolate Chip Muffins ~ For My Sailor

Happy Birthday, dear hubby. On your specail day, thanks for making me feel so blessed and special. You are indeed the best thing that has ever happened to me. On this day, I wish you all that you wish for yourelf.

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This one is for my sailor. As he celebrates his birthday today, I celebrate my extreme good luck to have him in my life. A man, who loves showering me with gifts on his birthday. Yeah! That's him. He derives his simple joys of life like this. Apart from the the gifts I get him on this day, I also present him some baked goodies, made exclusively for him, by me. Last year it was the Vanilla Cake (by the way, this one is his favourite) and this year I baked these delicious and warm Vanilla Choco Chips Muffins.


Talking about muffins, I enjoy baking these more than baking cakes. Somehow, whipping up a batch of tempting muffins catches my interest a little extra.

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These moist and buttery, vanilla scented chocolate chips muffins are so good for breakfast. Muffins are anyway also known as 'quick' breads and they differ from cupcakes a bit. (The reason why I am mentioning this, is, someone asked me the difference the other day and I thought I might as well write this here. Just in case). Coming back to the difference between the two, cupcakes are supposed to be sweeter with icing and all, and softer too.

One very important thing to remember while making the batter, is, not to over mix it. Or else you will end up with really tough muffins. That's what happened with me when I finished the first batch. So, be a little careful with this.


Vanilla Chocolate Chip Muffins

Ingredients

All Purpose Flour, 2 cups
Unsalted Butter, 120 gms, melted and cooled
Vanilla Essence, 2 tsp.
Baking Powder, 2 tsp.
Brown Sugar, 1/3 cup
Powdered Sugar, 1/3 cup
Eggs, 2 nos, large, light beaten
Buttermilk, 160 ml (you can also substitute it with same quantity of beaten yogurt)
Chocolate Chips, 50 gm

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 190°C. In a large mixing bowl, mix flour and baking powder together. Then add brown sugar and powdered sugar. Mix well.

  2. In another bowl, take the lightly beaten eggs. Stir in melted butter, buttermilk or yogurt (whichever one you are using) and vanilla essence. Blend well.

  3. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Pour the liquid mixture and combine everthing, stirring gently. Be careful not to over mix. Mix the chocolate chips.

  4. Spoon batter into muffin cups, either greased or lined with paper liners. Bake in your preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes or till a toothpick comes out clean. Remove muffins from cups and serve either warm or at room temperature.

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Though these muffins taste great when you serve them at room temperature, I personally like to warm them a little before serving. They become softer which I find even more tempting. Just a suggestion.

11 comments:

  1. Yummy looking muffins. Loved the presentation.Happy Birthday to your husband.
    Deepa

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  2. Who can resist to these cuties, beautiful and droolworthy Muffins.Happy birthday to him.

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  3. Looks damn tempting :) I am feeling super hungry now and these are way too tempting to stay away from. guess I need to bake a batch asap :) love the colors in the pic.

    Wish you hubby a very happy birthday too :)

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  4. Hi!

    I just found your blog because my colleagues and I were speaking about Poha and when we googled it, your recipe came up. I just wanted to say how much I am enjoying your gorgeous photos and delicious recipes. You've got yourself a new reader!

    :o)

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    1. Thank you so much for the appreciation, Annika :-)

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  5. My fvorite muffin of all time. looks perfect! Happy Birthday to your hubby!

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