Monday, 11 February 2008

Moreish Muffins.... Goodness Galore!

I made these earlier and tomorrow I will photograph them again when it's light. I just hope that I will be able to take a photograph that portrays how expletively delicious they are! They are the best muffins I have ever made. This isn't saying a lot really as muffins are a fairly new concept to me. I always made cupcakes until I started blogging and then I discovered that muffins are often easier to make than cupcakes. Inspired by a recipe from The Australian Women's Weekly book - food for fit and healthy kids. A great book with lots of lovely things in it, and for £6.99, it's only double the price of a magazine.

Yogurt, Berry & White Chocolate Muffins
225g self raising flour
110g caster sugar
2 tablespoons of sunflower oil
2 eggs
280g fruit yogurt (they suggested low fat, we only had full fat)
150g frozen mixed berries (we had Autumn berries which included some cherries)
125g white chocolate, coarsely chopped

Pre-heat oven to 180C, less if fan assisted (you know your oven). Line a 12 hole muffin tin with papers.
In a bowl mix the sugar and flour.
In a separate bowl, lightly beat the eggs, add oil, yogurt and berries and mix well. The berries will start to leak colour and it should start to turn a beautiful purple colour (see above).
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
Remember the rule not to over mix muffin batter or it ruins them!
Put a spoonful of mixture in each muffin case, Using half the chocolate sprinkle a little on each. Top with another spoonful of mixture until it's all used up. Sprinkle with the rest of the chocolate.
Bake in the pre-heated oven for approximately 30 minutes. Ours didn't look ready after this time so I turned the oven down to 100C and continued to bake them for a further 8 minutes.
Take out and leave for 5-10 minutes and then place them on a rack to cool completely.
When cool you could sprinkle with a little icing sugar.

Note: The book suggested wholemeal self raising flour, which would have made them a bit healthier, but we didn't have any. It also said to mix the flour and sugar and then add all the other ingredients and mix. I don't think you'd get the beautiful purple colour if you did that as you're not supposed to over mix muffin batter. I like how we did it.


slush said...

I like it when blueberry muffins are purple, and so do the kids :)

ames said...

Ooh, those look wonderful! You don't happen to have an American measurement translator handy?


KJ said...

oooh these look great. Women's Weekly have some great recipes. There cookbooks are a household standard here in Australia.

Pig in the Kitchen said...

yummy yummy yummy! I almost prefer the look of them uncooked becoz of the colour.
I was all set to email and ask if i could tweak the recipe...then ground to a halt when I saw the yogurt... It will fester away in my head until i come up with a plan for a substitution!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Oh, Amanda!! My favorite ingredients in a muffin? Send some over, please! :)

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Hi Slush, I loved the colour of them before they went in the oven. I really loved the flavour of them when they came out.

Hi Ames, I do sometimes put the US measurements, I'll try and add them.

Hi KJ, I love the Australian Women's Weekly books. I must get me some more.. Better still move to Australia, we have family there too, in Sydney, Perth and Tasmania. Let's hope my mum and in-laws don't read that or they'll panic that I'm going to uproot their grandchildren.

Hi Pig, I often wonder when I'm cooking things how or what you would do to convert things. Such is your power! I'll have a think too. They are seriously good so we have to think of something.

Hi Patricia, I think they might be my favourite now too.

Thank you for your comments.
Amanda x

Asha said...

Delicious! Look at those muffins with berry color, bet kids will love it and have chocolate too!!:))

Deborah said...

These look delicious!! It's been way too long since I made muffins - I should put these on my list!

A. Grace said...

almost too pretty to eat.
almost. :)

Caffienated Cowgirl said...

Those look great! I am a yogurt nut, so I will have to make them. And I love the Australian Women's Weekly cookbooks...I managed to buy four of them before I left the UK. They are great inspiration!

Cynthia said...

I like that combo and they look very attractive in their gold-paper cups.

Marie said...

Amanda, those look absolutely fabulous! I wish I had one now! Probably a good thing that I don't though, as I could never stop at one! I'd have to have two!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Love the purple! Fun to get the thrill of 'the best' isn't it!!

Kate / Kajal said...

never knew u could use fruit yogurt to bake. Everyday i learn something new from fellow bloggers. I'm sure these taste gr8. cant wait to try em out.

Margaret said...

I love the Australian Women's Weekly books. The muffins look wonderful and the recipe sounds good too.


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