Is everyone recovered from St. Patrick’s Day? I am. I don’t ever party or get drunk, actually, on the 17th, especially this year. Usually just some good beer and maybe an Irish coffee after dinner. That’s against type for an Irish person, at least according to New York’s delightful Mayor Bloomberg. I’m quite aware that St. Patrick’s Day means a lot more than getting drunk, even if you’re not religious & don’t buy into the “saint” stuff. But realistically, I know it’s a day for most people (and most NON-Irish might I add) to just wear green and get plastered, so if you did I hope you all didn’t drive & acted responsibly. I however was sick so the only green liquid I was ingested was NyQuil.
I received the cutest little gift from Ornament Shop last week. A personalized chef ornament! It totally made me smile when I was feeling really sick and had so much to do I felt like my two days in bed made me a waste of life. Tell me, is this not the cutest thing EVER?
Uh, the answer to the above question is YES, by the way.
Funny thing is, it’s an incredible likeness, because I really do wield large knives & grin like that. True story. Just ask Jay. In all seriousness, though, if you know a chef or baker this is a super cute gift idea. They have TONS of themed ornaments (for everything from sports to music to pets to cars and more) and the personalization is a great idea. I’m sorry I didn’t get this in December so it could’ve gone on my tree. Oh well. It’ll have its inaugural hanging in a little over 8 months (not that I’m rushing Christmas, trust me, I can’t wait for summer & I’m awfully pissed it’s fucking SNOWING here today).
Speaking of chefs… and cooking/baking… who wants to eat a healthy muffin? Not me. Well, not all the time, anyway. There’s a time & a place for that, of course, like apple muffins. However the majority of the times I want a muffin, I want it with chocolate. Whatever else is in it, I don’t care. But I want some chocolate chips or chocolate in there, somehow. I’m not against a bran muffin, or banana nit muffin; but chocolate makes everything better.
I whipped these up at the last minute when I needed a chocolate fix. Best part of muffins: that you don’t even need a mixer- just a wooden spoon and the urge to bake.
Don’t you love my vintage jadeite bowl? And my liners that match?
CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS
First you have to get:
- ¾ packed cup brown sugar
- ½ cup melted unsalted butter
- 1 cup vanilla flavored or plain yogurt (I used whole milk, but I think you could also use low-fat)
- 1 egg
- 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 ¾ cup all purpose flour
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 – 1 ¼ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or chocolate chunks
Then you do this:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with paper muffin cups.
- Stir brown sugar and butter together in a medium size bowl. Add yogurt, egg and vanilla and stir until thoroughly blended.
- Combine flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. Add yogurt mixture to flour mixture, stirring only until blended. Fold in chocolate chips. Spoon batter into muffin tins until almost to the top and bake for 22-25 minutes.
Of course, the amount of chocolate chips is up to you. If you like a lot (I do) then put the full amount. If not, then put less. I usually like using the mini-chips because they disperse better, but I used the regular ones in these. I also used regular cocoa powder, not the dark, as you can tell. These are dense, but not hard. I ate four of them in one sitting and I didn’t feel as though they weighed me down at all. And yes, I have the appetite of a truck driver as well as the mouth of one.
The jadeite bowl was my grandmothers, I had three in different sizes but two broke because I was dumb enough to use them for baking & they slipped out of my hands/off the counter. I also have four little tiny dishes that went with tea cups, of which I have only one. Sad, but better than nothing I suppose. I also have a jadeite sugar bowl that has a top shaped like a bunny which is very cute. I think you can see it in my Easter post from last year. I’ve seen new jadeite for fairly inexpensive prices, but I prefer the vintage. And those technicolor liners are actually from a multi-pack by Wilton. Not greaseproof, obviously, but still decent. They’d probably be awesome with a light-colored cupcake or muffin, though.