Friday, December 25, 2009

Vanilla and Chocolate Muffins

Merry Christmas and Happy Weekend Dear Readers...

It was one of my wish to participate in a Blog Posting Marathon. finally nearing the end of the year, its fulfilling thru Nupur's Recipe Marathon. Here I Run with Muffin's....

I wanted to Bake some Goodies for Christmas, as i was confident on muffins, went ahead with it. i made both classic Vanilla and choco-walnut muffins. both turned out extremely Good. I did the icing with the Pilsbury vanilla and chocolate icing. it gave a nice look and cream to the muffins. I enjoyed the icing decoration part very much. I just got one muffin to taste. 6 went as gifts, the kid had one, hubby had 4. the muffin i tasted was soaked in Capsicum Sambhar by my kid. ( he should have thought it as Vadai i guess:) )

Vanilla cupcakes with vanilla icing

As i did my schooling in Christian institutions, Christmas Celebrations, Crib's, Santa Claus, Prayers, Colourfull Lighted Hanging Star, Christmas Tree were all not missed every year. But after schooling, i never had a chance to enjoy the christmas spirit. Now again Christmas Spirit got me this year, after Christmas Celebration's at my Son studying School.

Now Coming to the Vanilla and Chocolate-walnut muffin story...

Ingredients: ( 12 Big Muffins)

All Purpose Flour / Maida - 275 gms
Butter - 150 gms
Sugar - 1 and half cup
Egg's 4
Vanilla Essence - 2 cap full (2 tsp's)
Baking Powder - 2 tsp
Baking Soda - 2 tsp

Dark Chocolate Bar - 75 gms / Cocoa Powder - 4 tbsp's
Walnut - 7 (chopped into small pieces)

Vanilla and Chocolate cupcakes

Method:

Pre-Heat the oven to 180c for 10 minutes. Grease the Muffin Pan's with some butter and set aside.

Mix the Flour with Baking Powder and Baking Soda. set it aside.

Powder the Sugar and keep aside.

Beat the Egg's and keep aside.

Add the powdered Sugar to the Butter and Cream it well. I use my hand whisk and whisk for atleast 3-4 minutes, till i notice a colour change of the butter from light yellow to white.

Add the flour to the creamed butter- egg mix and slowly mix it up with a wooden spatula or wooden spoon.

Now add the Egg's and mix the flour well with the other ingredients. add vanilla essence and mix well.

If your flour batter is so tight, add few spoons of warm milk and mix well. Pour the batter to the greased muffin pan's and bake them for 25 mins at 180c. check the muffins, whether its cooked, by inserting a toothpick on the muffin comes out clean. Bake it furthur for 5 - 7 mins if not cooked.

With the Remaining Batter, add the melted chocolate and chopped walnuts. mix well and spoon in on the muffin pan's and bake them for 25 mins at 180c. sprinkle some crushed walnuts over the muffin batter before baking.


cupcakes with icing

Let the Muffin's cool down and decorate it with icing. I used Pilsbury Vanilla and Chocolate Icing. had some chocolate vermicelli and decorated the muffins with that too.

Now these muffins are jingling all the way to asankhana's Jingle event.

Merry Christmas...Enjoy the Weekend!!

Check my Fellow Marathon Runners... Best Wishes to U All..


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