Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and all the food blogs are full of recipes for this special day – I am no different. This is my suggestion how you could impress your loved one and show that you truly care. Even the hardened cynics, who view this day as a mere commercial Hallmark holiday, will enjoy the seductive chocolate taste. These mouthwatering muffins can be served with coffee, herbal tea, or even red wine. If you want to go for the total overkill experience, enjoy the muffins with a cup of Italian hot chocolate.
We celebrate several holidays with chocolate: Easter goes together with chocolate eggs and bunnies, and Christmas comes knocking with hollow chocolate Santas. There is even The International Chocolate Day, which is observed on September 13th.
1 dl/0.4 cup sugar
1 dl/0.4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tbsp cacao powder
1 tsp baking powder
25 gr/0.9 oz unsalted butter
50 gr/1 2/3 oz chocolate chips
50 gr/1 2/3 oz chocolate
Cream the eggs and sugar until smooth and melt the butter. Sift the dry ingredients. Combine the smooth egg and sugar mix, the dry ingredients and the chocolate chips. Add the melted butter. With the help of an eating spoon, pour the dough into muffin forms to about 3/4 full. Bake on 200C/390F for 10 minutes.
Decoration: Set a heatproof dish or a bowl over a pot that is filled with water heated near to its boiling point. You can for example set a spaghetti sieve over a pot, and place a bowl with the chocolate inside the sieve. Remove the melted chocolate immediately from the heat and pour over the cooled down muffins. Yield: 8 muffins.