Have You Seen A Muffinman?

Slowly but steadily I’m getting ready to celebrate the New Year’s Eve with a descent party. SuperMommy invited us all and it feels nice and comfy to spend an evening like that among the friends and loved ones. Some will be terribly missed, but as the events of the past few days show nothing can be done until the wind changes and things will be smooth and acceptable again. From that you can see that it has been a rocky time for me, I guess the end of the year brings up the issues of the passing year and make one realise that a new year means a new beginning. So I’m thrilled and looking forward to all good that should come my way. This year I started new blog, I met new friends from all over the world, got in touch with long lost friend, started new school and somehow came to terms with myself. Thanks to that I give much more thoughts to things that used to be just a hobby and now they seem to be maybe a career choice. Next year – I know will be the year of exams and challenges, possibly the year of changes as well. February I will have a tiny surprise for of you, but hush hush… don’t want to spoil it, but thank you Chef for giving me this opportunity! What else? Acid rains… and now back to cooking πŸ˜‰

With all that thoughts bugging my dearly I decided that there’s only one way to calm down my crazy heart – I got cracking with baking. Yesterday I went to Ikea (yes, I can’t deny it: I love Ikea) and decided that there’s only one way to celebrate New Year – a new muffin tray. Huzzah! The best spent 30pln ever πŸ™‚

I got cracking with mixing. Had two ideas in my head – one were the classical peanut butter/chocolate chip muffins, the other decadent chocolate/hazelnuts/dulce de leche layered muffins. The first one came easily and are as expected – nice and heavy, slightly fat but lovely, very comforting in their simple way.

Peanut butter & Chocolate Muffins

(for 12 from that particular Ikea tray)

2 eggs

50ml oil

100ml milk

175g crunchy peanut butter

4 spoons muscavado sugar

2 spoons sugar

7 spoonfuls flour

2 tea spoon baking powder

1 vanilla sugar

100g chopped good quality dark chocolate

pinch of salt

In the bowl mix together eggs, oil, sugars, peanut butter, whisk in well. Add flour, baking powder and milk, whisk again. Add chopped chocolate. Stir well. Fill the lined tray. Bake for about 20 mins on 200C or 180C (with circulation)

Now the other are the simple poetry. And I’m not saying that because it is my recipe, but because they tasted bloody damn good. Yeah, one needed to be sacrificed for the sake of fantastic blog picture, so we ate it before one could say: muffin. For those who read my blog regularly – this recipe is a reminder of Squirel Cake, but with a twist πŸ™‚ As you already know I’m fascinated with dulce de leche, it was proven not only to be a fantastic cream for decorated cakes, but as well bakes like a dream. Recently I bought a new one by Bakaland which is hazelnut dulce de leche, so I knew the new fabulous recipe was needed to celebrate it πŸ˜‰

Decadent Muffins

(for 12 – again the funny form)

2 eggs

100ml oil

5 spoons muscavado sugar

1 tb spoon vanilla sugar with cardamon (if you don’t have it use vanilla sugar and tea spoon of grounded cardamon)

2 tb spoons dark cocoa

2 tb spoons hot chocolate powder

8 spoonfulls flour

2 tea spoons baking powder

100-150ml milk

1/2 can dulce de leche

handful of roasted and chopped hazelnuts

Whisk together eggs, sugars, cocoas, oil. Add flour, baking powder and milk. Whisk well until nice and thick. With a tea spoon add first one spoon of batter per muffin hole, top it with nuts, and then fudge and batter again. Make sure that every muffin looks more than full. Bake about 20 mins in 200C or 180C (with circulation on)

Happy New Year – may it be filled with love, joy and happiness!

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About ladymorgiana

I'm a redhair girl witch to some scientist to the others... I love cooking and baking.... what else would you like to know?
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7 Responses to Have You Seen A Muffinman?

  1. Hi! From this post and reading between the lines it sounds that it’s been a bittersweet year for you and for that I’m sorry. You have so many exciting things going on I’m sure 2011 will be a banner year for you! I have so enjoyed getting to know you! You are so warm and friendly with FABULOUS food! Looking forward to more in 2011.

    Ok I’m now obsessessed about what will happen in February. My guess? A baby or a guest post….but I’ll wait! Happy New Year!

  2. ladymorgiana says:

    Happy New Year! Indeed last year has been bitter-sweet, but thanks to people like yourself I feel very much alive! Thank you for all warm words and dear complements, they mean tons to me!
    Hmmm…. it’s not a baby! πŸ˜‰

  3. davejwsbooks says:

    love the look of the peanut butter and chocolate muffins – as you know i don’t like peanut butter, but this looks sooooo good i think i may well try it. i too hope you have a great 2011…x x x

  4. Kasia says:

    LOL Big Guy! I know you don’t but I think my version you will love πŸ˜‰ If ever I make it to UK I’ll bake those for you πŸ˜€

  5. Indian Fairy says:

    If you dare to challenge the tradition… I once used the muffins baking tray to cook the mixture for “madeleine au chocolat” πŸ™‚ The result was wonderful πŸ™‚

  6. Kasia says:

    HUrray πŸ™‚ Sounds great! I once baked a minced meat muffins with cheese and corn in my muffin tray… and they were fantastic πŸ™‚

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