Tuesday, April 07, 2009

what's cooking wednesday - chocolate chip muffins

When I was a kid muffins were huge.Which is to say they were popular. Everyone was making muffins in the early 80's. I can still remember flipping through my Mom's muffin cookbooks and those Mmmmmuffins places that were at the mall. And was it just me or was everyone making zucchini muffins? Cooking, much like fashion, goes through trends and I don't think muffins are as popular today as they were twenty-five or thirty years ago, but my kids still enjoy them.

I have mentioned here that I have been baking more of my kids lunch time snacks. I feel better knowing if they are eating cookies at least they are made at home and I know exactly what's in them. Not to mention it's cheaper and takes very little time. For some reason though, when it came to muffins I always made them from a mix and really if I'm going to do that I may as well buy the pre-made stuff. I don't have many cookbooks, since I prefer the internet for recipe searching (as do a lot of other people -- recipe searches are what bring people here the most), but I do love my Big Red Cookbook from Betty Crocker. That's where I found this quick and easy chocolate chip muffin (Maya's favourite) recipe.

--imagine a picture of chocolate chip muffins here and I'll see what I can do for you tomorrow--

Chocolate Chip Muffins

3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 lrg egg
1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 1/1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease the bottoms only of a 12 medium sized muffin pan or use paper liners.

Beat milk, butter and egg in a large bowl with a fork or whisk. Stir in remaining ingredients until flour is just moistened. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.

Bake 18 - 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Recipe Notes: Well if you've been reading here for any length of time you know I skipped the nuts all together and switched the semisweet for milk choco chips because I have no room in my life for nuts in my baking or semisweet chips. No other changes were made. I will definitely be making these again. They didn't take much longer to make than the mix you add egg and water to and I almost always have all those ingredients on hand.

What is What's Cooking Wednesday and how can I play?

What's cooking Wednesday was born out of a desire to get out of that what's for dinner rut. Playing is easy, on Wednesday post a recipe that has been tried and tested by you and then pop over here and add your name to the Mr. Linky. When entering your name also add the name of the recipe in brackets and make sure you link to your What's Cooking Wednesday post and not just your blog's front page. And don't forget to link back here, the home of What's Cooking Wednesday.

So for example I would write Shan (Speedy Chicken Stir Fry) in the name section. For the URL section I would post this: http://shanrev.blogspot.com/2007/10/whats-cooking-wednesday-speedy-chicken.html

I'll let you in on a little secret, my WCW recipes are almost never made on a Wednesday. So feel free to cook and photograph whenever you have time and join us posting on Wednesday.


Eleonora Baldwin said...

Yummuffins! I live in Italy and muffins are big here NOW, talk about delay in faddism!

When I feel like cooking and baking American-style, my bible is Betty Crocker's Big Red.
My post is up, hope you enjoy my savory antipasto. Ciao

Chantal said...

Hey Shan, ohhh my first time doing WCW. I am sorry I linked twice. I forgot to include what I posted with my name.

Heather... said...

So yummy!! I *love* muffins and when I have time they get made at least once a week. I make a dozen and they are gone the same day (I have a bad habit of eating them for breakfast, lunch and dinner). Often my husband does not even get to try one after the kids and I get to them!!

Unknown said...

I remember when muffins where all in vogue and no-one ate cupcakes. Though I also remember muffins being almost cupcake-y - yours looks like a better balance :)

Unknown said...

Was I supposed to make muffins, or is it a coincidence the other three recipes are muffins or muffin-like (ie the banana bread could easily be 12 muffins).

Tessa said...

Oh, sheer deliciousity, Shan!

JillEBean said...

After looking at all the other recipes, I might be convince to break out the muffin tins!!

A Crafty Mom said...

I remember MMMMMuffins!!!

I'm laughing here b/c today I made muffins and they were chocolate chip zucchini :) It's a great way to get veggies into my kids and use up our zucchini - we eat them all the time!!

I'm a huge muffin baker - I make them at least once a week. My hubby will grab one on his way to work (otherwise he tends to skip breakfast - bad habit!) and the kids will eat one as a snack in the afternoon. Like you, I figure at least I know what's going in them and it's better than processed crap. Not that eating muffins all the time are that healthy, but I'm well known for throwing flax and other healthy ingredients into every batch I make. I will link a recipe for one of our favourite muffins, it's a few months old but the recipe is TDF!!!!

I have totally learned that my kids will eat ANYTHING with choc. chips in them!

Shan said...

Lola - I don't use it as often as I should, but I love what I've made out of it so far.

Chantal - no problem!

Heather - yeah they go pretty quick here as well.

City Girl - i guess it's true what they say - great minds think alike:)

Tessa - thanks!

Jill - enjoy!

Crafty Mom - I like to sneak stuff where I can as well.