Chocolate muffins (non-Vegan)

Chocolate muffins on a sunny Spring day πŸ™‚

Not Vegan because they use eggs, but then our freely ranging chooks produce several a day…

  • 1.25 cups flour
  • 2-3 Tbs cocoa powder
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 0.5 cup sugar (at least some brown is nice)
  • 175 ml milk
  • 2 large eggs, beaten (three if they’re from our quasi-bantam πŸ˜‰
  • 100 ml vegetable oil (soya or sunflower are good)
  • 75 g plain chocolate chunks
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Set oven to 160ΒΊC (a bit more if not a fan oven, c375 in the USA).
  2. Prepare a deep muffin tin (with paper cases or if you are stuck grease) it should make a dozen
  3. Sift flour, cocoa and baking powder
  4. Add sugar mix then make a well in the centre
  5. Pour in the milk, eggs, oil, chocolate, and vanilla
  6. Gently mix
  7. SpoonΒ  into the muffin tin
  8. Bake for approximately 15 mins or until springy
  9. Cool for 10 mins then transfer to a wire rack and leave any that remain uneaten until cold before putting them away in a tin for later πŸ™‚

I made these because I needed a break after finishing the course notes, I’ve eaten three while uploading this recipe, the only changes I’d make next time, apart from making sure we had paper cups so they could stand properly tall, would be to add more vanilla (we got some proper vanilla extract and it is so much better than imitation “essence”) and to use real dark chocolate instead of Bin Inn’s best chips.

4 thoughts on “Chocolate muffins (non-Vegan)”

  1. Should repentant carnivores also only use Fair Trade chcolate? I know it’s a different ethical issue, but it’s one that I believe the Western church really needs to take seriously. Like eating too much meat, eating non-Fair Trade cocoa is a way of eating that prevents people in the Majority world from having enough to get by. I was going to write about why I believe this in this comment, but it got too long so I’ve put it on my own blog here:

    http://martinheather.blogspot.com/2011/09/political-violence-in-ivory-coast.html

    Cheers,

    –Heather πŸ™‚

  2. Oh, yes! I just assumed that people would (at least try to) use Fair Trade, if anything as you suggest the issues are bigger for chocolate than coffee. (I have trouble getting Fair Trade at the supermarket, and am waging a one man compaign on Facebook, where I am a friend of Pak and Save to nudge them into stocking it, Facebook is a great place for such activism as supermarkets want us to “like” them, but that allows us to post on their walls πŸ™‚ maybe I should post on my blog about that as I have not seen as much Facebook activism in this area as I’d expect.

  3. Wow! You must move in very different Christian circles from me! I know relatively few Christians who think that such buying decisions have anything to do with their faith (even Christians who are very aware of and concerned about the Majority World) and I’m always on the look-out to try and show people why I think they do.

    Keep harrassing your Pak N Save about the chocolate – our local Pak N Save stocks the ‘Scarborough Fair’ stuff, so yours should be able to get it through their usual supply channels. Unfortunately, Scarborough Fair chocolate isn’t tempered all that well, so it’s not very good if you want to melt it and then use it to coat things. It’s fine for everything else, though – eating, chocolate chips, fondue etc. – and has a nice smooth texture in the mouth. Also, Trade Aid has an online shop, so everyone can buy cocoa, chocolate etc. from them even if they don’t have a local shop. Their chocolate is really nice (especially the coffee flavoured one) and tempered beautifully. They do add about $6.50 for postage when you order online, but I tend to do one or two bulk orders a year anyway so it’s not too bad.

    And re. Fair Trade coffee vs. chocolate, my understanding is that coffee farmers tend to be smallholders who don’t employ anyone outside of their immediate family, whereas cocoa is farmed on larger plantations with many workers. That means that all it takes to give the people who grow our coffee a chance at a decent life is paying them enough money to really live on, whereas for cocoa a significant amount of the crop willl still be grown slaves no matter what the crop is sold for unless the plantation adheres to Fair Trade rules. For bananas (also available at our local Pak N Save) the issues are more to do with worker safety (e.g. the workers having access to protective clothing when they spray pesticides) and them not being coerced into doing things that will render them infertile etc..

    I like to think of Fair Trade as meaning ‘produced by people who were paid a minimum wage and worked in conditions that weren’t wildly detrimental to their health’. In NZ, such conditions are enforced by the State, but in these countries where the State doesn’t do that we consumers can play that role for our brothers and sisters.

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