Happy Birthday, dear hubby. On your specail day, thanks for making me feel so blessed and special. You are indeed the best thing that has ever happened to me. On this day, I wish you all that you wish for yourself.
This one is for my sailor. As he celebrates his birthday today, I celebrate my extreme good luck to have him in my life. A man, who loves showering me with gifts on his birthday. Yeah! That’s him. He derives his simple joys of life like this. Apart from the the gifts I get him on this day, I also present him some baked goodies, made exclusively for him, by me. Last year it was the Vanilla Cake (by the way, this one is his favourite) and this year I baked these delicious and warm Vanilla Choco Chips Muffins.
Talking about muffins, I enjoy baking these more than baking cakes. Somehow, whipping up a batch of tempting muffins catches my interest a little extra.
These moist and buttery, vanilla scented chocolate chips muffins are so good for breakfast. Muffins are anyway also known as ‘quick’ breads and they differ from cupcakes a bit. (The reason why I am mentioning this, is, someone asked me the difference the other day and I thought I might as well write this here. Just in case). Coming back to the difference between the two, cupcakes are supposed to be sweeter with icing and all, and softer too.
One very important thing to remember while making the batter, is, not to over mix it. Or else you will end up with really tough muffins. That’s what happened with me when I finished the first batch. So, be a little careful with this.
- All Purpose Flour, 2 cups
- Unsalted Butter, 120 gms, melted and cooled
- Vanilla Essence, 2 tsp.
- Baking Powder, 2 tsp.
- Brown Sugar, 1/3 cup
- Powdered Sugar, 1/3 cup
- Eggs, 2 nos, large, light beaten
- Buttermilk, 160 ml (you can also substitute it with same quantity of beaten yogurt)
- Chocolate Chips, 50 gm
- Preheat oven to 190°C. In a large mixing bowl, mix flour and baking powder together. Then add brown sugar and powdered sugar. Mix well.
- In another bowl, take the lightly beaten eggs. Stir in melted butter, buttermilk or yogurt (whichever one you are using) and vanilla essence. Blend well.
- Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Pour the liquid mixture and combine everthing, stirring gently. Be careful not to over mix. Mix the chocolate chips.
- Spoon batter into muffin cups, either greased or lined with paper liners. Bake in your preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes or till a toothpick comes out clean. Remove muffins from cups and serve either warm or at room temperature.
Though these muffins taste great when you serve them at room temperature, I personally like to warm them a little before serving. They become softer which I find even more tempting. Just a suggestion.