Inspired from the film Chocolat, these muffins have a secret ingredient. With a hint of chilli powder these muffins will leave you with a warm taste in your mouth. Perfect as a sweet dessert or snack, the chilli flavour is extremely mild but if you like it hot, double the chilli powder for that extra spice.
Preparation time 10 minutes (Makes 6 muffins)
1 Cup plain self raising flour 1 egg 1/8 Cup cocoa powder 1/4 Cup raw sugar 50 grams Butter
1/2 Cup milk 1/2 Teaspoon of hot chilli powder (add more if you like it really hot)
Dessert or Café Style Muffin ingredients.
200ml Thick Cream
50 grams Dark chocolate
For snack style muffins follow the instructions from number 1-7 and for a dessert or café style muffin continue the instructions until number 12.
1. Preheat the oven to 180c degrees (350f degrees).
2. Use a greaseproof muffin tray or you can line a muffin tray with greaseproof paper for that professional café look (cut pieces of greaseproof paper into squares and mould them into each muffin hole).
3. Sift the flour into a bowl and add the flour, egg, milk, sugar, chilli powder and cocoa.
Please note: If you wish to increase the chilli flavour to a hotter version, gradually add a little more chilli powder in very small amounts. To ensure your desired taste test the mixture before placing into the muffin trays.
4. Stir the ingredients until the mixture is just combined.
5. Melt the butter and add to the mixture, stirring until just combined.
6. Place even spoonfuls of the muffin mixture into each muffin hole.
7. Place the muffin tray in the oven for 20 minutes or until the top of the muffin bounces back when you touch the top.
8. Grate 2 single blocks of dark chocolate for decoration (optional).
9. Fill a small saucepan half way with water and place on a medium heat.
10. Place a medium sized ceramic bowl over the top of the saucepan and put the rest of the chocolate into a saucepan. Mix with a wooden spoon until just melted.
11. Place a spoonful of whipped cream on top of the muffin.
12. Use a spoon to drip the melted chocolate over the top of the muffin and then sprinkle the grated chocolate over the top.
Wow, these sound delicious. I'm a bit nervous to try them though because of the chilli. My brother loves chilli hot chocolate and always tries to get me to try it but I chicken out!
I think I'll have to add this recipe to the 'to do' list though.
By Daniella - senior reviewer Monday, 17th of October @ 01:47 pm
I know what you mean about the chilli. I am not a huge spicy fan but if you taste the recipe mixture before it's cooked you can add a little chilli at a time so it's not to hot. thanks Sheree
By Sheree - senior reviewer Tuesday, 18th of October @ 06:17 am