Tuesdays with Dorie: Chocolate-Mint Marbled Muffins

5/3/11



Happy May! I think part of my brain, the part that refuses to acknowledge how fast time has gone by, is convinced that it's still March, the rest of it is elated that it's not true. :D I love May. Everything is starting to bloom and the air feels light and lush all at the same time. Speaking of light and lush, these muffins just conveniently happened to fall into that very same category (nice segway, huh?)

This week's Tuesdays with Dorie was chosen by Carol, of the yummily adorable blog, The Bake More. The recipe is actually for a loaf cake, but for some reason my loaf pan has been stubborn lately...stubborn and sticky. It refuses to relinquish it's hold on anything that's baked in it, and the defenseless breads are held captive unless I use some unsavory methods to pry them free (I don't think anyone wants to see photos of a loaf that has been maimed by a butter knife.) So I halved the recipe to make 6 muffins instead. Despite their close living quarters, the muffin tin has not picked up any bad habits from the loaf pan, but I've got my eye on the pie plates.

The muffins were fabulous. They were soft, moist, and humble. I added a very teeny-tiny amount of peppermint extract to the melted chocolate, just to add some pizazz. Dorie recommends using the peppermint with white chocolate, but I'm not quite ready to join the white chocolate fan club, yet. However, some of the other TWD bakers loved this version, so I may have to give it a chance. For the recipe, please visit Carol's blog, The Bake More. Thanks for a great pick, Carol! Just a friendly reminder (because I almost forgot), if you decide to make 6 muffins, be sure to fill the empty tins with water before you put the pan in the oven. ;-)


24 comments:

cindy said...

I love reading your blog. You have such a delightful writing style. I imagine all your pans picking up bad habits from each other!
Muffins are a great idea, yours are beautiful. I really want to like white chocolate, I buy it, I use it. But I really just like chocolate!
Have a great day--watch those pans!

Jeannie said...

I have pried enough loaves from stubborn pans to know how they looked like lol! These muffins looks delicious! I have some chocolates in my pantry so I could try this! Thanks for sharing!

Jeannie said...

Hi Valerie, I think your marbled muffins just beg to be eaten! Love the chocolate mint flavors:)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

they look so delicious!

Cheers,

Rosa

sliceofmylyfe said...

lovely looking muffins... Great work.

Beth said...

These muffins look great. And I love the idea of adding a little peppermint extract. My mint-chocolate-adoring daughters will thank you once they've tried that variation!

Pamela said...

Cute post! Definitely keep an eye on those pie plates! ;-) The muffins look yummy.

Cakelaw said...

Your marbled mufffins are so pretty.

Lauryn said...

your muffins look AMAZING!!! YUM!!

Nicole said...

I love the muffins! What a great idea.

Jessica of My Baking Heart said...

Adorable! :)

Peggy the Baker said...

I enjoyed my loaf cake, but your muffins make me want to make more batter, just to play around with marbling muffins!

Jessica said...

I love the idea of making this cake into muffins...especially with pizzazz (there's a word we don't use enough these days)!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

These are adorable. Great choice with the muffins, everything's better when it's mini. Lovely swirling, sure wish I had a few :)

TeaLady said...

What a great idea to make muffins. And still easy to marble.

The Bake More said...

Ohh, they are so adorable. The first muffin version I have seen so far. Thanks for baking with me this week. --- Carol

Peggy said...

I knew you would have something creative over here today. Love the muffins! Or is it really cupcakes? Whatever they look delicious.

Flourchild said...

Perfect muffins! I love them!

Katrina said...

Good stuff these little cuppies. ;) Nice job!

natalia said...

Cara Valerie I love your muffins, I used white chocolate and I assure you it wasn't so recogniseble ! (did you see my magic swirl ?)

briarrose said...

Beautifully marbled.

spike. said...

Wish I had done a few muffins...ended up skipping because I had so many other sweets around this week. I like that you added peppermint to the regular chocolate- sounds great

Mary said...

Mmm, chocolate and peppermint. Great looking muffins, Valerie, and I'm happy that the muffin tin hasn't picked up any bad habits. Marble cake was the first thing I ever baked myself as a child, so it always makes me smile. I didn't get home in time for this, and, besides, I need the extra time to steel myself for the next cornmeal battle!
:)

TeaLady said...

UUMMMmmm!! Peppermint!!

 

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