Monday, July 25, 2011

Chocolate almond and pear muffins

I am a regular reader of thestonesoup.com, i love how she provides healthy, quick and low fuss recipes, and this is one that i followed from her blog and these muffins turned out delicious! I added canned pears into them but you could also use canned cherries, peaches, whatever you like really :D

I love how she shows us how to use baking paper as muffins cases (so simple, and you can save some money, and also for when you have run out of paper casings!)

original recipe can be found here.

makes 6

200g butter
200g dark chocolate
200g sugar
4 eggs
200g almond meal

1. Preheat oven to 180c, Grease and line 6 holes of a muffin tray with squares of baking paper

2. melt butterin medium saucepan. Remove from heat and add chocolate smashed into chunks. STand for a few minutes.

3. stir until the chocolate is melted, popping back onto the heat for a few seconds if your chocolate isnt melting easily (i find tha tthe smaller you chop up your chocolate, the easier this step is)

4. add sugar and eggs and stir, then add almond meal and stir to mix.

5. spoon into prepared muffin holes

6. bake for 20-25 minutes or until the muffins are cracked on the top and feel firm, but the middle is still squidgy like a good brownie. Cool in the tin (i found mine took more like 30-35 minutes, so check it at 20 minutes and then every 5 minutes)



23 comments:

Kari said...

This was nicely timed - someone sent me the free electronic cookbook from the stone soup this week :) I love the use of baking paper here, especially as I tend to drizzle muffin mix all over the top of my pans. Paper instead of muffin liners might be just what I need!

chocolatesuze said...

the muffin on the right almost looks like a chocolate brownie yum!

obesebaby said...

pear and chocolate is so marry together. pear is in season now so I am so gonna make your recipe .lovely! thanks! BTW thanks for dropping my blog. we doing a westie food blogger meet up like nxt month wanna join? :) DM me

Maureen said...

Nothing goes better with chocolate than pears. These looks fantastic!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

The cracked tops look delicious! Like they have a brownie texture :)

panda said...

those tops look nice and crunchy!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What lovely muffins! That combination is divine.

Cheers,

Rosa

sugarpuffi said...

perfect season for pear! mm...pear muffins...

Dolly said...

they look delish... love the pear incomparison to the chocolate! no guilt at all !

yummychunklet said...

How pretty! Love the slice of pear on top.

Gastronomy Gal said...

choc and pear is a grand old combo!

Anna @ The Littlest Anchovy said...

Ooh these look so moist! I actually thing that using baking paper as a case looks better than the normal ones. Pear and chocolate, mmmm!

Lay's said...

the muffins look really good!!! It looks so inviting. The texture looks great..oOOOo..i cant wait to eat them!! I should give this recipe a try YAY :) thanks for sharing :))

Miss Melbourne said...

Yum. So much butter!

tinytearoom said...

these look gooey delicious. just the way I like to eat baked chocolate goods.

Lay's said...

I just bought some pears today because I want to make these muffins! I will let u know how I go when I've done them :) fingers and toes crossed! yay! :D

Kelsey said...

that one muffin is lonely without a slice of pear ;) hehe. MAJOR YUM YUMS with this recipe!! <3

xoxo

A cupcake or two said...

I do love pear and chocolate. Its a great combination. Your muffins look fantastic Betty..

chopinandmysaucepan said...

Looks really delicious. Who's going to have the one without the pear? :)

Adrian (Food Rehab) said...

I could just imagine the nicely moist and decedant base underneath that craked top. Yuuuurm!

Mary said...

good job at making me drool! hahah.. they look beautifully moist!! Yum!

Heavenly Housewife said...

Oh this sounds soooooo good. I love the idea of pear with chocolate. Divine!
*kisses* HH

cherrie said...

those muffins look delicious. And the added bonus is that it's simple to make.