Ever since we started baking, finding gifts to give our friends and family has become a whole lot easier. Instead of having to go out and search for something that we cross-our-fingers-and-hope that the person likes, we can bake something that we know for sure they like! Also, we think that baking for people brings twice as much joy: first, we’re happy when we bake so that’s one dose of joy right there; second, our friends and family are happy when they eat the stuff we bake, so that’s a whole other dose of joy right there! It’s pretty true that you feel the happiest when you see people eating the stuff you bake :)
However, when you want to find muffins/cakes/cookies to bake to give people, there are alot of things you have to take into consideration, for example how well the baked goods will hold up during transportation, whether they’ll become soft quickly, whether they stick together in the box (THE HORROR o: ) etc. We always get really excited when we come across a yummy recipe that results in, for example, muffins that are ‘hardy’ and able to be transported without losing its shape/taste! And these chocolate chip nutella muffins (doesn’t the name itself sound just sooooo good) fit the bill of a perfect gift: looks delicious, tastes delicious, sturdy enough to be transported around in a box without falling apart. JACKPOT!
100g Plain Flour 70g Unsalted Butter, softened 70g Caster Sugar 2 Eggs 1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder 1/4 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips Pinch of Salt Some Nutella Spread (enough for a teaspoon of Nutella per muffin)
Grease 6 muffin cups and preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add egg one at a time and beat till no trace of egg mixture.
Add vanilla extract, flour, salt and chocolate chips and combine well.
Fill each cup with 1/4 of the batter, add in 1 teaspoon of Nutella each before covering it with batter to fill 3/4 full.
Give the mixture a quick swirl using a toothpick and bake in oven for 20 minutes or until skewer insert and comes out clean.
We had alot of fun making these muffins, as they were quick and pretty easy, and also who doesn’t love the combination of chocolate chips AND nutella? We were giving them to a friend and were glad to find that 6 of these babies fit nicely into a box without any squishing or squeezing! One thing to note, however, is that the muffins are pretty darn sweet and when you hit the nutella center of the muffins, the sweetness may be abit overwhelming! One suggestion would be to cut down the sugar slightly, or use semi-sweet chocolate chips instead of the milk chocolate chips that we used this time as the chocolate chips were really quite sweet (we couldn’t resist popping some into our mouths during baking!).
We’re looking forward to doing abit more baking since we’re having a school holiday now and we hope we have the time to (: enjoy your holidays!
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