Tonight, on Thursday’s Culinary Adventure
starring, my little helper who loves to help Mommy “COOOOOOK!” :
So, lately I have been having a craving for chocolate.
Except that I am almost positive that it is too early for cravings, which basically just means that I want chocolate. (who doesn’t?)
I recently watched the movie “Chocolat” (which also gave me a craving for Johnny Depp…) and my mouth was watering so much that I knew something had to be done.
After eating about half a pan of brownies, I realized that they were not quite what I was after.
Then, today at swim lessons, I saw a little boy eating one of those huge and delicious chocolate-chocolate chip muffins from Costco.
My stomach growled and my fetus told me that it would probably be okay to knock the boy over and eat his muffin.
I knew I had to make some.
And the rest, dear blog readers, is history.
(I found the recipe here. I emitted the nuts since Joseph doesn’t eat them yet.)
You will need:
2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 c. white sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/4 c. milk
2 Tb. veg. oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. semisweet choco. chips
Dump all of the dry ingredients in a bowl (except the choco chips), and mix them well.
(About this time, I noticed that Joseph had a horrendous poopy diaper. Which I got to smell for the rest of the adventure…yummy!)
Oh, and if you have ever wondered what flour + unsweetened cocoa tastes like, here you go
(Mid-retch) (Wiping off his tongue)
Dig your measuring spoons out from where you toddler has buried them, and measure in all of the liquid ingredients.
Stir well, you don’t want very many lumps.
Yes, you are seeing correctly, I DID give Joseph an egg.
He wanted one so badly, and after he said “EGG!” about a trillion times, I gave in. I am trying to let him have lots of new learning experiences, even if they = a big mess for me.
Here he is trying to crack it (head to the side in concentration)
And here is the exact instant the egg broke
…and got all over my floor (please note his messy toes.)
Joseph was then excused from this culinary adventure, and he left some sticky, chocolately footprints as he ran off to find his Daddy.
Stir in your chocolate chips, and scoop the batter into muffin tins.
Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes, or until a fork inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Taste Testers Say:
-Threw first bite on the floor
-Then bonked his head on the table
-Then decided that he liked it!
-Finally, he started throwing pieces of muffin, and was sent to bed.
Caitlin (and Joseph):
Good! Not quite as good as the Costco muffins, but that is probably because I left out the gallon of lard or whatever it is they put in there, so I actually like them a bit better.
They are not very sweet, which means that I can consume…say…four without feeling sick. Convenient.
I do think that next time I will use some milk chocolate chips too.
(I love these pictures:)