Thursday, 18 August 2011

One of my big favorites: Melting chocolate muffins (french style)

This is one of my personal favorites, chocolate muffins with a melting heart. In french they are called "fondants au chocolat" or "moelleux au chocolat". This recipe is taken from the book "Chocolat!" by Heloise Martel.
This recipe is very easy and fast to make, especially if you melt the chocolate in the microwave as I will explain below. Some additions can be made to the basic version of the muffins. The most interesting one I found is to add a square of white chocolate in the middle of the muffin before baking it. It gives it a surprise touch!

What you need for 4 muffins is:
  • 100 g dark chocolate (64% cocoa is the best)
  • 2 eggs
  • 40 g flour (maida)
  • 80 g sugar (powder sugar is better but not essential)
  • 60 g butter (it should be non-salted butter or margarine. In alternative you can use sunflower oil. Be careful to add some more flour to get the right consistency, it should not be too liquid).

Break the chocolate into small pieces in a vessel, mix it with the butter and add 1 tbsp of water. Then put it in the microwave for 1 minute , till it melts. (You can also do the melting in a pan, but the microwaving is much simpler and quicker).

In a bowl beat the eggs with the sugar, until the mix becomes white and bubbly, then add the melted chocolate and the flour.

Prepare 4 muffin molds as instructed by the manufacturer (here I use paper ones, but there are also silicone or metal ones) and fill them with the muffin mix. If you want to add some white chocolate in the middle, fill half of the mold, add the white chocolate and then fill up the rest.

Put the muffins in the refrigerator  for 1 hour. This makes them firm and their shape will be nicer. Then bake them in the OTG oven for 8-10 minutes at 210°C. Place them at middle height and use upper and lower heat.

You can eat them when they are warm with some vanilla ice cream, or let them cool down and experience the full taste of the chocolate.

Bon app├ętit!

the pictures will be added the next time I make them :)

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