Easy-dessert-recipe

White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Muffins

Every now and then you’re allowed to indulge, right? These delicious muffins will have you winning friends at work or on the playground. White chocolate and macadamia nuts are two ingredients that are meant to be together. Macadamia nuts are subtle in flavor and have a rare rich and creamy texture. They pair perfectly with white chocolate, which will take care of that sweet tooth of yours. The best thing about muffins or cupcakes is portion control – they are small and individually-packaged, allowing you to treat yourself to just one at a time.

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Ingredients

1 stick butter

¾ cup raw sugar

2 eggs

½ tablespoon vanilla extract

1 cup half-and-half (sometimes called half cream)

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

½ cup cake flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

⅔ cup macadamia nuts

1 cup white chocolate chips

Method
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line muffin tins with paper liners
  2. In a medium-large bowl, combine the flours and salt. Set aside.
  3. Cream the butter using an electric mixer. Once light and fluffy, gradually add sugar to the mix while continuing to churn. Crack eggs into mixer and keep slowly blending, scraping down the sides of the bowl as required.
  4. With mixer on low speed, add half-and-half and vanilla extract. Once added, increase speed to combine well.
  5. Add flour mixture and beat just until flour is incorporated.
  6. Using a spatula, fold in white chocolate and macadamia nuts.
  7. Evenly pour batter into muffin cups and bake for approximately 25 minutes or until golden.

Image via spicysouthernkitchen.com

The Ultimate Chocolate Muffin Dessert

Despite what you might think, dark chocolate does have some health benefits, except when combined with sugar, eggs and white flour we can’t exactly say that it’s ‘healthy’.  So I’m not going to lie, this recipe is definitely NOT healthy but it’s a fabulous treat if you have friends coming over for dinner or you simply need to indulge in some chocolate.  They take less than thirty minutes to make and I can guarantee they won’t disappoint!

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Ingredients

300g of good quality dark chocolate, roughly chopped

125g butter, roughly chopped

1¾ cups self-raising flour

¼ teaspoon baking powder

¼ cup cocoa powder

¼ cup brown sugar, firmly packed

¾ cup milk

2 eggs

3 80g Mars bars, thinly sliced

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Grease a six hole jumbo muffin pan.
  3. Place half of the chocolate into a bowl with the butter and place over a gently simmering saucepan of water without letting the bowl touch the water.
  4. Stir occasionally until melted then set aside to cool.
  5. Sift flour, baking powder and cocoa into a large bowl then add sugar.
  6. In a separate bowl whisk milk and eggs together.
  7. Combine milk and egg mixture with dry ingredients and then add the melted chocolate.
  8. Stir together then divide the mixture between the six muffin pans.
  9. Bake for twenty minutes or until cooked through.
  10. Remove from muffin pans and set aside to cool.
  11. Melt remaining chocolate in a bowl over a gently simmering saucepan of water.
  12. Cool slightly then drizzle some chocolate over the Mars bar slices before piling them on top of the muffins.
  13. Drizzle muffins with the last of the chocolate and serve with a dollop of whipped cream.
  14. ENJOY!

Image via taste.com.au

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