Snickers and Peanut Butter Muffins

snickers muffins

I love baking muffins. As Nigella Lawson said, the process of making muffin itself is relaxing. Last weekend I re-read my cooking book collections and drooled over Nigella’s ‘How to be a Domestic Goddess’ recipes. So many recipes are waiting to be cooked, but I finally tried out recipe from “Cooking for Kids” chapter. Yes, it’s weekend and it’s time to ‘spoil’ your lil one with sweet treats!

These muffins are seriously, dangerously good. Well, the name says it all 😀 They were ready right after my son woke up from his nap. He tried one and said: “Mummy, it’s good..!” That’s the highest compliment I’ve been waiting for 😀

 

Ingredients

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

6 tablespoons sugar

1 ½ tablespoons baking powder

Pinch of salt

6 tablespoons chunky peanut butter

1/4 cup butter, melted

1 large egg, beaten

3/4 cup milk

3 1/2 full-size (50 gr) Snickers bars, chopped

 

How to Make

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Add the peanut butter and mix until you have coarse crumbs.
  4. In another bowl, mix together the melted butter, egg, and milk, then pour this mixture into flour mixture, stir gently. I will repeat my golden rule in making muffins: DO NOT OVERMIX!
  5. Mix in the chopped Snickers bars, and dollop the batter in prepared and lined muffin tins.
  6. Bake for 20-30 minutes. It’s done when the tops are risen, golden, and firm to touch.
  7. Leave them on the wire rack to cool. Enjoy wholeheartedly!

 

Date Muffins

During the fasting month, our home was flooded by dates. Actually, dates are commonly found in fasting month and Eid al-Fitr season. One of my dad’s colleague even gave us a pack of 5 kg dates. Whew! I like dates, but not that much. We’ve already given the dates to our relatives, but still there was too many to be eaten just it is. I decided to bake something using dates. And here is one of them, the easiest one actually.

I got this recipe from nigella.com. It is from Community Recipe, and not original Nigella’s recipe.

When I was looking for my baking utensils, I found these cute muffin paper cups in my drawer. I have no idea when I bought them :D. So, even though the recipe itself is a “cake” recipe, I divided the batter into those cups. The ingredients below are a half batch from the original recipe, except for the dates. I guess 100 grams of dates are not enough to make these muffins delicate and moist.

Ingredients

  • 150 ml milk
  • 200 grams dried dates
  • 100 grams butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 150 grams sugar
  • 337.5 grams cake flour
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar (or you can use vanilla extract, anyway)

How to Make

  1. Chopped the dried dates and put the dates and the milk into a casserole pan. Heat until the dates soften a bit then take off the heat.
  2. In another pan, add the butter and let it melt, then add the sugar. Stir to combine. Let the mixture cool.
  3. Pour the butter mixture into the dates mixture, then add the eggs one by one. Whisk them well.
  4. Add the dry ingredients that you’ve mixed in another bowl first. Still remember the golden rule of making the best muffins? Do not over-mix the batter! 😀
  5. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups and sprinkle some chopped dates on top. Bake at 180° C for about 20 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.

 

Basic Muffin Recipe

I’ve posted Banana Muffin recipe few days ago, and thought that some of you, maybe, ain’t really fond of the taste of banana. So this is a recipe for you! A basic muffin recipe that you can transform into any kind of muffins you like.

This recipe is inspired by Nigella Lawson’s Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Muffins. She’s my domestic goddess! 😀

Ingredients:
– 250 gr all purpose flour (Indonesians can use either “Segitiga Biru” or “Kunci Biru” flour)
– 2 teaspoons baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 
– 175 gr sugar
– 250 ml milk
– 90 ml vegetable oil
– 1 egg
– 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
(the real vanilla extract is quite expensive.. You can substitute it with cheaper vanilla essence)

Modifications:

If you are in the mood of Chocolate Muffins, please add:

–       2 tablespoons cocoa powder 
(you know, the one that comes with brand like: Van Houten, Delfi, whatever…you choose.. but please, do not use chocolate milk powder..)

–       150 gr choc-chips (plus more for sprinkling later!)

Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Muffins

Want a super-cheesy-day? Make this Cheese Muffins by adding… :

–       150 gr grated Cheddar Cheese (plus more for sprinkling later)

Your kids are crazy about Oreo? Bake this Oreo Muffins and they love you more! Simply add:

–       150 gr Crushed Oreos (plus more for sprinkling later)

Oreo Muffins

Got the point? You can easily make ANY kind of muffins you like by simply adding 150 grams of your favorite flavor into your muffin batter. Life is simple, indeed… 😀

How to make:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200′ C, and fill a muffin tray with paper cases
  2. Measure out the dry ingredients into a large bowl. They are: flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and your choice of flavor (e.g.: if you are making Chocolate Muffins, add the cocoa powder and chocolate chips)
  3. Pour all the liquid ingredients into a measuring jug and mix. They are: milk, vegetable oil, egg, and vanilla extract
  4. Pour liquid into dry ingredients, then mix both together. Remember, do not over-mix the batter!
  5. Spoon the batter into the muffin cases. Sprinkle your choice of flavor on top (chocolate-chips, or grated cheese, or crushed oreos, and so on…)
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until the muffins are risen, and springy



-makes 10-

Never-fail Banana Muffins

Cheesy Banana Muffins

Okay, firstly, don’t be alarmed about making muffin (or cake) from scratch. It’s NOT that difficult!

The golden rule of making muffins is: a LUMPY batter makes the best muffin! So, please, do not over-mix the batter. That will save your effort too… ^ ^

This recipe is originally made by Nigella Lawson as I got it from her book “Nigella Express“, but here I made some modifications. I promise this will be as easy as 1-2-3. No one will know this is your first time baking from scratch 😉

Oh, and one more reason why you should try this. As Nigella said: “Banana’s resilient squidginess makes this muffins very good travelers.” Bake today, eat tomorrow. No more fuss.

Ingredients:
– 1/2 cup vegetable oil = 118.3 ml
– 2 eggs
– 1 2/3 cups all purpose flour = 168.9 gr (Indonesians can use either “Segitiga Biru” or “Kunci Biru” flour)
– 1/2 cup sugar = 95.82 gr
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (do remember that It’s different from baking powder!)
– 1 1/4 cups mashed bananas = 286.9 grams
(Indonesian people can use “Sunpride” bananas, but I prefer “pisang Ambon”  😉 They have stronger banana taste!)

How to make:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200′ C, and line a muffin tray with paper cases
  2. Measure the oil and mix with the eggs
  3. Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda into a large bowl and mix them with liquid ingredients, then followed by the mashed bananas
  4. Spoon the batter into the muffin cases (use Ice Cream scoop to handle it easier), and bake them for 20 minutes or so

-makes 10-

(Remember that ovens vary. The cooking times I give are the ones that work with my oven. You need to get to know yours.)

Notes

So, you’ve mastered this recipe? Do make some variations by stirring some grated Cheddar Cheese into the batter, plus sprinkling the grated cheese on top of the muffins, and… et voila! You’ve got Cheesy Banana Muffins!

Got bored? Substitute the cheese with chocolate chips, and Chocolate Banana Muffins will be served right away!