When I lived in New York, one of my favorite things to do was to go out to a long, leisurely brunch with friends. Many of the really good restaurants offer brunch and it is a great opportunity to try some of the more expensive places without spending a fortune.
In my book, an outstanding brunch typically involves two things: an awesome bread basket and a few sips of something bubbly. If you are attending or hosting a New Year’s Day brunch, these triple chocolate mini muffins are a great little treat to bring along. Don’t let the “triple chocolate” scare you in the name ~ they are not overly sweet or rich. Oh and they just happen to pair well with a little champagne or prosecco too. . . .
Triple Chocolate Mini Muffins (adapted from Cooking Light Magazine, December 2013)
What You’ll Need:
3 tbsps unsalted butter, diced
1 and 1/2 ounces 60% bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
9 ounces all-purpose flour (about 2 cups)
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 tsps baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp baking soda
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup 2% reduced fat milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup semisweet mini chocolate chips
3 tbsps powdered sugar, if desired
What You’ll Do:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine butter and bittersweet chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 45 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds. Stir until smooth. Cool to room temperature.
3. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a large bowl. Mix well with a whisk.
4. Combine granulated sugar, milk, vanilla, and eggs in a bowl. Stir with a whisk until combined.
5. Add butter and milk mixture to flour mixture, stirring until just combined. Gently mix in the chocolate chips. Fill up 2 mini muffin tins with liner and spray each liner with a little non-stick spray. Fill each lined mini muffin tin almost to the top with batter. These muffins do not rise too much, so you can be liberal with filling them. I had enough batter to fill up 3 mini muffin tins total.
6. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs clinging. The mini muffins cook very quickly, so watch carefully! If you bake them for too long, they will dry out. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.
Let’s all toast to a happy and healthy 2014!!