Tuesday, July 5, 2011

TWD: Chocolate Chunk Muffins


Josh and I celebrated Independence Day by getting up early to run a 4-mile race. There are a lot of road races on the fourth and it has become an unofficial tradition to run one before we consume copious amounts of holiday food. I have been fighting an injury for months, so I was especially happy that I am finally healed enough to run (short) races. Anyway, after the race we still had several hours before it was barbecue time and I had the chance to make this week’s Tuesdays With Dorie selection, Chocolate Chunk Muffins, as a mid-morning snack.



By not making the muffins until Monday, I benefited greatly from the Problems & Questions section. The consensus was they needed more chocolate and Leslie suggested subbing in a couple tablespoons of oil for the butter in order to prevent dryness (which seems to be pretty common with chocolate muffins), and with these two minor modifications, the muffins turned out excellent. I don’t think a “healthy” sprinkle of crunchy sugar hurt either. Yes, I know I just made a breakfast food even more sugary and decadent than it was supposed to be and I’m not sorry. I must comment that the batter seemed a little strange looking, almost sponge-like, but luckily that was not a problem once the muffins baked. Josh came into the kitchen when I was photographing the muffins and decided they would also be a good afternoon snack and he gives them a big thumb’s up.



We rated these muffins a 9 for Deliciousness and I rated them a 3 for Effort. Thanks to Bridget of The Way the Cookie Crumbles for a terrific selection. You can find the recipe here on Bridget’s site and see if the other bakers enjoyed them as much as we did by visiting the TWD site.

9 comments:

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

This looks like a great treat - classic with the chocolate and not too overdone. Thanks for sharing!

Flourchild said...

Yum looks great! Im glad you enjoyed them and had a good run too!

jillbert said...

They look great with sugar on top! That addition would have been well-received at my house!

Tracey said...

Shane ran a short race on the 4th of July too :) It was his first year doing it and it was definitely fun (for both of us)! Glad your injury has healed enough that you can run.

The sugar sprinkled on top of your muffins makes them look extra special, love that!

Kayte said...

Your addition to the tops send these over the top...really adds to them. The guys thought these were moist so I'm not sure what I did but I must have done something right, they disappeared in no time. Love the last photo...so cute.

Gloria said...

Chocolate muffins are good for anytime of the day! Love the crunchy sugar on top. Nice touch!

spike. said...

those sugar on top looks perfect. Great treat after a race

Peggy said...

Glad you enjoyed these! I am late this week commenting. We really loved these - so moist and chocolatey. I like your sugar on top idea.

Cindy said...

Love the addition of sugar on top. I read about the addition of oil after I had made the muffins. Next time I will try this. Of course there will be a next time!
Glad you are running! Keep it up. I walked 3 miles a day for 20 years. I loved it. Due to multiple back surgeries I now walk a painful and very slow mile a day. But I can walk--that's a good thing!