Thursday, November 19, 2009

Chocolate muffins

The days seem to be racing away lately with nothing of great interest happening. I feel like I have been doing too much "teaching" at schools and kindergartens lately, but the bank is enjoying a little more input than usual so I shouldn't complain. Of course as the temperatures drop the complaints increase a little though - especially as none of the schools I have been teaching at have had their "heating" (I use that term lightly!) on. One school told me that the temperature has to drop below 10 degrees before they can light their stove..... it must have been about 10.1 degrees the day I was there!
Yesterday I was asked for some photos of the chocolate muffins I had made with some students who came to stay, but unfortunately didn't have any so was forced to make some more... all of which I ended up taking to school to bribe the teachers to put the heating on!
If anyone wants a simple, delicious, no fail chocolate muffin recipe then this one is for you! (NB New Zealand measurements are used - 1 cup = 250ml)
  1. Sift together: 1 and 3/4 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 cup caster sugar, 1/4 cup cocoa.
  2. Melt 100 grams butter and add 1 egg, 1 cup yoghurt, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Mix well.
  3. Combine the two mixtures and combine till the flour is just dampened, not smooth.
  4. Divide into 12 greased muffin tins (or whatever size you want...) and bake for 10-12 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius or until centres spring back when pressed lightly.
    NB: you can sprinkle with chocolate chips before baking if you want... I always do!
  5. Enjoy!


  1. Heaters what are they????? Our school district doesn't use them at all!!!! I froze when I was an ALT, atleast I got to walk around the room to keep my little tootsies from snapping. I really feel for my daughter who goes off to kindy each day in the same clothes that she wore in mid summer-why is the kindy so CRUEL?

  2. Thanks for the recipe - I made these this morning, simple and delicious!