Muffin Mondays: Rocky Road Muffins

21 Nov

Yes, I am back at it again. I missed baking muffins for 4 whole weeks and it was terrible. My blues did not leave me. Okay, I may be exaggerating a bit here. But I did miss baking with these maniac muffin bakers who brighten up my Monday. This time, we were in for a choco – treat that sounded decadent and fun. Rocky Road Muffins sounded so much fun that I had a questionnaire ( a verbal one, ofcourse) circulated among my family and friends, asking what came into their mind when they thought of a rocky roads.

Replies ranged from,

” Rocks!” ( ofcourse, why else would you call it Rocky Road )

” Stones and boulders”, (ookay)

” Trucks and Heavy vehicles”, “Iguanas and reptiles”  ( Hey wait! I think there has been some misunderstanding here. I did not tell them we were talking muffins !)

After the questionnaire was rectified, the replies were a lot saner.

“Huge Choco chunks” ( Tick mark)

“Maltesers” ( Interesting. Tick mark, again.)

“Marshmallows “( Tick Mark)

“Cashews and Hazelnuts” ( Now we are talking . Tick Mark)

Then I had to stop them there as I feared there would be more rocks and rock -like things than flour and other stuff that constitutes a muffin.

Rocky Road Muffins were a breeze to make but somehow were a bit dry for some reason. Another  thing I should have been careful of was to remind myself that the recipe called for self raising and I should have been a little conservative in filling up all those muffin cases to the brim. They seemed like they were ready to explode and which they did ( in a very subtle way) by bubbling out into a gooey mess in the oven. It broke my heart since I almost feared that I wouldn’t have any report aka muffins to share at the end of the Survey exercise. Muffins were alright but weren’t the best that my baking days have seen.  I feel responsible somehow about how they turned out but cannot really put a finger on what  went wrong since I followed the recipe precisely.

Thank you An, for sharing this muffin recipe with us. It feels terrific baking with you guys, as always.

Recipe for Rocky Road Muffins

From Susannah Blake’s Muffin Magic

Ingredients

2 cups (300grams) self raising flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

3 tablespoons cocoa powder

75 grams milk chocolate chopped ( Handful of maltesers)

1/2 cup walnuts  ( I used cashews and hazelnuts instead)

60 grams mini marshmallows or you can just chop large ones into small pieces

2/3 cup (150 grams) soft brown sugar

3/4 cup (200 ml) milk

2 eggs

75 grams butter

Preparation

1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Grease or line a 12 hole muffin pan.

2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and marshmallows. Set aside.

3. Reserve about 1/3 of the chocolate chunks and walnuts and add the rest to the flour mixture.

4. In a separate bowl or jug; combine sugar, milk, eggs and butter.

5. Stir the egg mixture into the dry ingredients just until combined.

6. Spoon dollops into muffin cases and sprinkle chocolate and nuts on top. Press them gently into the batter

7. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

8. Cool for 5 minutes and transfer to wire rack

So on that chocolate filled note and until another wonderful Monday, wish you all a chirpy week ahead.

Muffin Monday is an initiative by Baker Street. A culinary journey of sharing a wickedly delicious muffin recipe every week. Drop in a quick line to join her on her journey to make the world smile and beat glum Monday mornings week after week.

15 Responses to “Muffin Mondays: Rocky Road Muffins”

  1. Baker Street November 21, 2011 at 8:17 am #

    So happy to have you back and baking with us Anita! I stopped at iguanas for a nice laugh and so wanted to know where that was heading. lol.

    Your muffins look lovely. Maltesers were a great addition. I took out these slightly earlier from the oven maybe you can try that the next time and they wouldn’t be so dry then. 🙂

  2. Gayathri November 21, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    They look so good..
    Wondering if I should drop by at your place to taste these rocks….:)

  3. Raji November 21, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    Rocky roads- rocks and boulders..spot on description..but Iguanas..hehe..

    These muffins look great..maltesers sound umm in these.

  4. Marie November 21, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

    My mom makes Rocky Road every Christmas. These muffins look fantastic. Do you weigh your flour? It can be easy to add too much using measuring cups, maybe that accounted for them not turning out as well as you wanted.

  5. Ameena November 21, 2011 at 7:51 pm #

    I love that cute photo! What a curious pair of little eyes glancing at these fabulous muffins…too cute.

    Love the combination! It looks delicious.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Anita!

  6. Mike's Baking (@mikesbaking) November 21, 2011 at 11:58 pm #

    They look great! Happy Muffin Monday!

  7. tanya1234 November 22, 2011 at 12:42 am #

    wooow look delicioummmmmmmm

  8. Yuri November 22, 2011 at 3:01 am #

    Lovely photos! So glad to be baking with you this week 🙂

  9. Plateful November 22, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    Hey good to see you back & baking! The very title and the check marks on the questionnaire is making me hungry. And I LOVED that photo with your baby in the background!

  10. Rosa May November 22, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

    Mmhhh, those must be divine! A lovely treat.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  11. Annapet (@thedailypalette) November 23, 2011 at 2:50 am #

    So happy to bake with you again, and welcome back! 😉 I pulled the tray out after 15 minutes since I baked half-recipe only.

    I think you know which photo is my favorite!

  12. Carrie @ poet in the pantry November 23, 2011 at 3:53 am #

    Welcome back! I thought mine were a little dry, too, so it’s not just you. It was an interesting treat, that’s for sure. Love what your respondents had to add to it! 🙂

  13. a spoonful of yumm November 26, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    oh my ! looks so delicious. wish i could reach out and just pick some up 😉

  14. audreyoka November 29, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

    I always loved rocky road ice cream growing up. How fun to put that into a muffin. Glad I stopped by today.

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