I have officially found my new favourite muffin! Yes, I do say that quite often about way too many foods, I know. But really they were fantastic and I am already itching to make them again. Don't take my word for it, give them a try!
I am about to say a word and I don't want anybody to freak out. Christmas. Okay, maybe I am freaking out a little now. Don't worry, it really is mid October and you haven't been in some sort of time lapse and skipped ahead a few months. I have just been wondering when it's acceptable to start thinking about the whole exhausting, but fun filled, holiday season?
You see anybody that knows me well, are most likely well aware that I am not even prepared to speak the word (okay, I already failed my own test), until the 1st of December. It's my own little ritual and tradition. And I loved my rituals. December rolls around and all of sudden I feel I can break into a reindeer sweater, sing Christmas carols out loud and drink Baileys without needing an excuse.
This all brings me to my new favourite obsession which is Instagram. Yes, I am pretty much a newcomer to Instagram. Okay, I have officially had an account for just over a year now but never ever understood what all the fuss was about. I posted a food picture every few days but didn't look at one single thing. True fact. Then time evolved and I found myself scrolling through the endless pretty pictures and beautiful lives of people I didn't know and would most likely never meet. Don't worry this is getting back to Christmas. Stay with me.
Just recently I found myself checking Instagram before Facebook. What? What I have become most intrigued about with Instagram is the stories. If you use Instagram you know what I mean. If you don't or you're a newcomer like me, those are little things you can post that disappear within 24 hours. They turn up at the top of the Instagram page in a little circle. Fun right? Well, fun until you find yourself awakened at three in the morning with your glasses still on and phone in hand. I am ashamed to admit it, but this has happened to me. I swear I am not alone.
I am getting there, to my point.
I openly admit I am a BIG Jamie Oliver fan. Not a stalker, a fan. Just a fan. I have been following his stuff for years and find him highly entertaining and he can cook to boot. So, as it turns out, he does Instagram stories as well. Lots of them. Sometimes they are videos that span the time it takes him to cook dinner for his family. And you guessed it, I happily watch the entire thing.
Until just yesterday when I noticed his Instagram story was an avalanche of all things Christmas. My phone nearly flew across the room in shock. I couldn't handle it and had to put the phone down and walk away.
Yesterday was the 17th of October. Are people really thinking about Christmas already? Or maybe it's just Team Jamie Oliver. I still love him despite the early onslaught of the Christmas clutter.
As for me, I am waiting a while yet before I deck the halls.
Now, lets talk muffins.
These muffins couldn't be tastier if they tried. They were, in my little opinion, the best muffins I have had in a while. Now, I know this combination has been around forever and ever. Well, in my memory since 1989. That may as well be forever. Whenever I say "Oh, back in the 80s....." my kids cringe.
In any case, this was first time ever making this combination in a muffin although I have eaten my fair share back in........you can fill in the blank on that one.
There isn't a whole lot to say about the recipe itself as it's pretty easy and straightforward. I would say that I used a medium sized zucchini. So, if yours is quite large, just use about 1/2 or a 1/3 or it and that will be enough. Also, baking time varies from oven to oven. That is something I keep repeating myself on. Sorry to be a broken record. The key to a good baking story is a good oven!
Happy Baking and let's try to get Halloween out of the way before we start to think about Christmas!
Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins
Makes 12 / Prep time: 10 minutes / Bake time: 18 minutes
2 Cups/250 grams flour
1 Teaspoon baking powder
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1 Cup/240 ml vegetable oil
3 Large eggs
1 Zucchini, peeled, seeds taken out and grated
1 1/4 Cups/250 grams brown sugar
1 Teaspoon vanilla
1 Cup/175 grams chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease or line 12 muffin tins. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the oil, eggs, brown sugar and vanilla. Whisk until just combined, about a minute.
Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined, about a minute. Stir in Zucchini and chocolate chips.
Evenly spoon batter among 12 muffins cups. Bake between 15 - 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out with a few crumbs.
Will store in an airtight container for about 3 days.
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