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Monday, 22 September 2008

Chocolate Custard Muffins

Yep, that's right!

C H O C O L A T E

C U S T A R D

M U F F I N S ! ! !

You are about to see a batch of superlicious muffins.
Soft, dark and luxurious...

But don't take my word for it, try them yourself. The recipe comes from The Guardian Weekend magazine, 26th April 2008 issue, and is by artisan baker Dan Lepard.

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PS. If you go to the recipe here, don't bother entering the competition because it's closed, and I've already won the book. ;)

Chocolate Custard Muffins

Adapted from The Guardian Weekend by Dan Lepard

50g cornflour (or cornstarch for those in the US)
3 level tbsp cocoa
100g dark soft brown sugar
225ml cold water
75g unsalted butter, cubed
125g dark chocolate, broken small
75ml sunflower oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
125g caster sugar
125g plain flour
2½ tsp baking powder

Heat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4.

Begin by making the custard. In a large saucepan, put the cornflour, cocoa, brown sugar and cold water. Whisk together over a medium heat until boiling, very thick and smooth.

Remove from the heat and beat in the butter and dark chocolate until both have melted and been absorbed.

Add the oil, vanilla and one of the eggs - beat until combined. Add the remaining egg and the caster sugar and beat until the mixture is smooth and combined.

In a mixing bowl, measure out the flour and baking powder and stir together. Sift this onto the custard and beat again until the flour is thoroughly combined.

Spoon into 12 paper muffin cases that have been put into a muffin pan and bake for 25 minutes.

You do not need any topping on these, they are rich, dark and sinful!

(Printable Recipe)

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The photo in this post is my entry for this month's 'Click', a monthly theme-based photography contest hosted by Jugalbandi. This month’s theme is: Crusts.

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42 comments:

Passionate About Baking said...

Good morning Nic...You are quite the evil torturer...& then leaving a note that you've won the book...LOL!! Good for you! Am glad you are doing justice to the book. These are gorgeous...crust & all. Was at a loose end this morning & made a chocolate custard creme caramel. These are definitely sinful...gotto try these SOON!!

Raquel said...

Absolutely sinful! I will be making these one day quite soon! Have a great week, Nic! Much love, Raquel XO

bee said...

those are stunning muffins. thanks for your entry.

miri said...

Oh, Nic, these are absolutely gorgeous!! I'm so gonna try them :) Thanks!

Sam said...

They sound so so good!

Helen said...

I must say, those are the most perfectly risen, beautifully cracked looking muffins I have ever seen!

Patricia Scarpin said...

These are just fantastic - muffins are good, I'll say, but these are sinful! Quite a treat.
Beautiful!

Beth said...

Wow! These look fantastic. Will have to bookmark

Mike of Mike's Table said...

Those look beautiful. I'd feel guilty eating those for breakfast...lol, but it wouldn't stop me for a second.

lalaine said...

Hi. Lovely, lovely cupcakes!

I am just wondering, will I get the same results if I used commercial chocolate pudding instead of the custard? Thanks.

Leonor de Sousa Bastos said...

These muffins are beautiful! I love the picture...

They must be delicious!!

Ben said...

Oh very nice! Anything chocolate has my seal of approval :-p

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Oh good grief! These look amazing! I can't stand it! They are perfect!

Ginny said...

Delicious! May I have one?

Nina Timm said...

I thought my "crust" photo had a chance and now this!!!!!! Jokes...
These babies look delicious!!!

Jan said...

Now they really are 'superlicious' muffins!!

Margaret said...

I think that your family will love you forever making these chocolate muffins!

Robin Sue said...

Surely you will win the click constest with that photo! Perfect! The recipe for these muffins sounds wonderful. Custard! Chocolate! It can get no better.

Grace said...

if they taste as rich as i expect, i'm sure a topping of any kind would be a waste. awesome and interesting recipe, and congrats on your win! :)

Snooky doodle said...

Wow these look so so nice. I ll surely try these since I ve been searching for a good chocolate muffin recipe for a long time. Thanks

Alexa said...

These look amazing, decadent, scrumptious... And the crust looks so worthy of the "click" event.

Marysol said...

Oh my. The name of these muffins alone had my tastebuds dancing.

Maria said...

Wow Nic these Chocolate Custard Muffins look and sound so yummy!

Maria
x

LyB said...

Mmmmmmmm, why have I got to have such a chocolate craving, right now? Those muffins, wow, they look fabulous. :)

Dee said...

I. Cannot.
Groan... I really must lose those holiday pounds, and this isn't helping any. Perhaps just a taste...

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

I've had a headache all day, but I think I've found the cure. Gorgeous!

Aran said...

these must be to die for!

Divya said...

Those crusts look perfect, my first time at your blog, and I am bowled over. Nice click.

Lisa said...

Those look and sound scrumptious. I have been trying to think of what to do with a bar of dark chocolate I brought back from Switzerland. I think this could be it!

Jude said...

The crust.. Oh my the crust. Looks perfect.. Have never tried Lepard's non-yeasted recipes but that's going to change soon.

nicisme said...

Hi Deeba - ha ha, this recipe isn't actually from that book, but it is a good one!

Raquel - hope you have a good week too!

Bee - thanks for all your hard work on 'click'.

Miri, Sam, Helen, Patricia and Beth - thank you all!

Mike - I've had one for breakfast and I really didn't feel that guilty, lol!

Lalaine - hi there, thanks for popping by. I really don't know about the chocolate pudding as we don't get it here, sorry.

Leonor de Sousa Bastos - thanks so much, and they taste pretty good!

Ben - thanks!! Me too.

SGCC - thanks but not perfect - yummy all the same.

Ginny - sure - I'll send some over!

Nina - thanks, but there are tons of great photos over there.

Jan - I'm glad to see you like my new word!

Margaret, Robin Sue, Grace - thank you!

Snooky doodle - thanks for visiting and hope you give them a go.

Alexa, Marysol, Maria, LyB, Dee, [eatingclub] Vancouver, Aran - thank you all!

Divya - welcome to my blog and thanks for your comments.

Lisa - if you bought back some special chocolate, I would eat it 'neat' - almost any plain dk choc would be ok in this recipe.

Jude - Dan has a recipe every week in magazine (link above), take a look at some of them.

Megan. said...

chocolate custard muffins?! how amazing! i can only imagine what the inside looks like...YUM!

Tartelette said...

Fantastic idea! They look sinful!

Jeanne said...

I saw these on the Click gallery and had to come and take a look - sinfully delicious!! Gotta try them...

Kate / Kajal said...

chocolate is so soothing to my eyes !! these muffins look so comforting n warm, n just ready to be eaten !

Anne said...

These sounds like something from a really happy dream I once had and sound lush! Will be definately trying these soon!

Bellini Valli said...

I agree with Deeba...how can you post this chocolatey goodness for me to see at breakfast time...wink...wink....Congrats on winning the book!!!!

Rosie said...

Nic just pinching myself here - yes I am viewing gorgeous chocolate custard muffins - just heavenly mmmmm

Rosie x

Craft Fairy said...

This is a definite to try. On tomorrow's list of things to do.

Anne said...

Nic - I finally succumbed and made these last night and they were delicious! Deceivingly light yet fudgy! I have put a piccie on my blog this morning (they look identical to yours so thats a good sign!)

Cara said...

I am an American and I wanted to give these a whirl because they so yummy! I had a question though... cornflour in the US is yellow mealy product used typically to make corn bread. I was wondering if the cornflour in this recipe was actually cornstarch (US)?

Nicisme said...

Cara - cornflour is indeed cornstarch in the US, thanks for pointing this out. I have added this information to the ingredients list!