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  • Writer's pictureLisa Nell

Summer Bake Series: Raspberry and Chocolate Muffins

A couple of weeks' ago on my Instagram page, I asked my followers about their views on muffins versus cupcakes. I feel like muffins are the underrated step-sister of cupcakes - they can be just as lovely looking and delicious but it feels like they are not popular insta-worthy bakes. However, the consensus was that everyone loves a muffin. So in the last of my Summer Bake Series, hello to delicious summer muffins! I took inspiration from Jane's Patisserie for this bake.

For this recipe you will need a 12-hole muffin tin and 12 muffin cases.


Ingredients:

160ml Sunflower Oil

150ml Whole Milk

1 Large Egg

1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

300g Self Raising Flour

200g Caster Sugar

150g Chocolate Pieces (you can use white, milk, dark or ruby - I used the latter; see note below)

150g Raspberries (fresh or frozen - if frozen, do not defrost first)

For Decoration

Some melted chocolate

Freeze-dried raspberries


How I made my Raspberry and Ruby Chocolate Muffins:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 160ºC Fan and line your muffin tin with the muffin cases.

  2. Mix together the wet ingredients: oil, milk, egg and vanilla in a bowl.

  3. Then add the flour and sugar, and fold in gently with a spoon or spatula until just combined.

  4. Add in the chocolate and raspberries and fold in.

  5. Divide the mixture evenly between you 12 muffin cases. I use an ice cream scoop for this, but you could just use a spoon.

  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes. If using frozen raspberries, you may need a few minutes longer. The muffins are done when a spatula comes out clean.

  7. Leave to cool fully before drizzling with some melted chocolate and topping with the freeze-dried raspberries.

Notes:

  1. If using frozen raspberries, treat them like fresh raspberries - just simply add to the mixture. The only difference is that you may need to cook the muffins longer.

  2. Ruby chocolate is an alternative here. It has a sweet, berry-like flavour with a slightly tart after-note. I personally think this works well with the raspberries. You can buy this chocolate online from any good cake supplier.

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