Chocolate-Chocolate Chunk Muffins

As ever, I am on the quest for the perfect chocolate muffin. These muffins certainly have an extra chocolate OOMF that a lot of so-called chocolate muffins lack.

They are moist too and have a brilliant muffin-top. Which of course is the best bit.

Please excuse me while I nom nom nom nom nom….

Chocolate-Chocolate Chunk Muffins

(From Dorie Greenspan ‘Baking: From My Home To Yours)

Yield: 12 muffins

Ingredients:
– ¾ stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter
– 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
– 2 cups all-purpose flour
– 2/3 cup granulated sugar
– 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
– 1 tablespoon baking powder
– ½ teaspoon baking soda
– ½ teaspoon salt
– 1¼ cups buttermilk
– 1 large egg
– 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Equipment:
– 12-cup muffin pan

Directions:
1. Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter or spray the 12 molds in a regular-size muffin pan or fit with paper muffin cups. Place the muffin pan on a baking sheet.

2. Melt the butter and half the chopped chocolate together in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Remove from the heat.

3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large glass measuring cup or another bowl, whisk the buttermilk, egg and vanilla extract together until well combined. Pour the liquid ingredients and the melted butter and chocolate over the dry ingredients and, with the whisk or a rubber spatula, gently but quickly stir to blend. Do not overmix the batter. Stir in the remaining chopped chocolate. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups.

4. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a thin knife inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a rack and cool for 5 minutes before carefully removing each muffin from its mold.

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