Thursday, April 04, 2013

chocolate buttermilk & white chocolate chunk muffins




I'm almost embarrassed to bring this delightful recipe to you.  It's one of the easiest muffins I have ever created! Two bowls.  A whisk.  A spatula.  A scoop.  Standard pantry ingredients.  How's that for simplistic?  However...the lovely flavor is anything but ordinary:  smooth, rich chocolate crumb - creamy, white chocolate chunks studded throughout - a crunchy, sweet crystallized topping!









My Chocolate Buttermilk & White Chocolate Chunk Muffins are part of the April Chocolate Party!  April's secret ingredient to pair with chocolate is buttermilk.    Thank you to Roxana, of Roxana's Home Baking, our charming host for the Chocolate Party each month.  If you click on the little blue frog link at the bottom of my post, you will find other delectable recipes that have been brought to the party.






You're going to find these muffins moist and tender, (but not brownie dense,) making them perfect for breakfast or brunch, and of course, a marvelous afternoon snack!  With a beautiful rise and muffin top, they embrace a "just right" sweetness.  The buttermilk creates a complexity and wonderful depth to the chocolate crumb; and a dotting of buttery, white chocolate chunks adds a lovely, creamy texture.  I decided to complete them by sprinkling turbinado sugar (a minimally refined, light brown colored, crystalline sugar) to the tops prior to baking. The result was a deliciously crunchy, naturally sweetened top, made even more special by baking them in the 4" diameter muffin cups.

Have I persuaded you to whip up a quick batch for your family this weekend? :}  Serve warm from the oven, and you will be met with smiles and approval!  ...and, in case you're wondering - they freeze beautifully!

Until next time...mangia!  xox

Carol






Chocolate-Buttermilk White Chocolate Chunk Muffins
Yield:  approximately 18 regular size muffins or 8 large muffins (like my photos)

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup baking cocoa (I used Trader Joe's Unsweetened Cocoa Powder)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 1/3 cups buttermilk (see Carol's notes)
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups white baking chips (I used Ghirardelli Premium Baking Bars and cut into chunks)
turbinado (raw sugar) for sprinkling on tops (this is my addition, optional - but highly recommended!)

Create the muffins:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Spray or grease muffin pan(s) or line with cupcake/muffin papers.  I used 8 free standing 4" diameter baking cups from Welcome Home brands set on a cookie sheet.  You can also use a muffin tops pan.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt.  In another bowl, combine the eggs, buttermilk, butter and vanilla.  Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.  Fold in baking chips or chunks.

Fill your choice of prepared muffin pan/paper cups - three-fourths full.  If desired, sprinkle with turbinado sugar for a crunchy coated top.  Bake at 400 degrees for 14 - 17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.  Don't over bake.  Cool 5 minutes in pan before transferring to wire rack.  Best served warm, but also delicious at room temperature.

Carol's notes:

If you don't have buttermilk, make your own - which is what I always do.  For this recipe, with a 2 cup measuring cup, squeeze 1-1/3 tablespoons lemon juice in it.  Pour your milk in the measuring cup up to 1-1/3 cups.  You can use non-fat, low-fat, or whole milk.  (I used whole since I had some on hand for another recipe.)  Let it sit for about 3 minutes, and it will become acidic and curdled.  That's it!

If using the Ghirardelli Premium Baking Bars, it will take three 4 ounce bars - cut into chunks.  If you prefer to use white baking chips, I always get the best results from Ghirardelli.

Adapted, with my own touches, from Taste of Home.





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78 comments:

  1. Holy cow! Carol, those are some seriously gorgeous muffins. And who wouldn't want double chocolate muffins! Now that's a way to start off breakfast right!

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    1. You got that right, Jocelyn! ;} Thanks so much!!!

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  2. I like the size of these muffins, wide but not too deep, since I think the top is the best part of a muffin, and this way there´s more of it! The flavors are wonderful together Carol. Not too sweet, just my kind of muffin.

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    1. Thanks so much, Paula! That's exactly what I was striving for...more of the top! The sweetness come from the white chocolate chunks and the crunchy top, rather than the muffin, so it's perfect for breakfast!

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  3. Beautiful chocolate buttermilk muffins. Just love how the sugar glistens in the photos!!

    BTW we are obsessed with you ducky creamer!! So cute!

    Mr. & Mrs. P
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    1. Good evening, Mr & Mrs. P! Thank you very much! I love the little ducky too...even though he got a little carried away and started spilling milk! ;}

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  4. Love these muffins, Carol! The white chocolate chunks are so appealing and I love sprinkling turbinado sugar on muffins too :).

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    1. Thanks so much, Laura! The turbinado on top adds so much to the muffin tops! Thank you for stopping by!

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  5. Feeling embarrassed/guilty about simple recipes must be a food blogger "thing." (It almost feels like cheating, or, even worse, using a box mix!) :D

    I love these chocolate buttermilk muffins, and the bakery-style mood of your photos! Also, your little duck creamer is adorbs! xo

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    1. As always, you have me laughing, Val! Thanks for your kind words, a bakery-style feeling was exactly what I was going for. I even removed a shelf from my antique (1800's) pie safe to set the muffins on. I love the little duck creamer too, thanks!

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  6. Gorgeous!! I love the flavor combination! Perfect muffins to have with a cup of tea/coffee and a good friend!

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    1. Good evening, Jessica! Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to write your sweet comment! So appreciated!

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  7. Love those white chocolate chunks! Yum!

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    1. Thanks, Laura! They add so much to the muffins!

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  8. These look fabulous Carol and I do love a crunchy sweet topping too. Great photos :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Suzanne! The crunchy top is definitely the best part of the muffin! I love it too...maybe a little too much! ;} Have a great weekend!

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  9. Love this combination of flavors in a muffin and your muffin liners are so sweet;-) Also love your photos!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Patty! TGIF! Have a great weekend!

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  10. Jeannette JordanApril 5, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Truly a must try. With those ingredients who could go wrong. My friends that I volunteer with at Treasures will love them too. I always have my eyes open for some unique item I think you'd want.

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    1. Mom, I can't tell you enough how simple these are too make! Be sure to add the turbinado (raw) sugar topping - you can find it with the sugars in grocery stores - Sugar in the Raw is the brand name. It adds the fabulous crunch to the tops of the muffins! xox

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  11. Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best, Carol! These look delicious with all those white chocolate chunks & sugar in the raw topping! This is my type of breakfast!

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    1. Hi Meghan! It's hard to believe after we spend hours on other recipes, but you're exactly right! I took one out of the freezer each day for 8 days for breakfast, my type too! Have a great weekend!

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  12. Definitely loving the simplicity of this!

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    1. So simple I was embarrassed to post it, Chung-Ah, but it was for the #chocolateparty, and so "Damn Delicious"! ;}

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  13. I have bought a pack of those cute liners but haven't use them yet. Now I want to bake these muffins in them! Double chocolate it's definitely a winner in my books!
    Thanks for bringing them to this month chocolate party Carol!

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    1. The liners are fantastic, Roxana! The baked goods literally slide right out without any greasing or spraying. Thanks so much for your sweet comment...and most of all for hosting our #chocolateparty each month! It's so much fun deciding what to bake for it!

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  14. Your muffins sound so delicious! I love that it's a simple recipe, I'm really glad you decided to post it :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Rosie...for saying that!! It's funny how we are...as Valerie mentioned above - if it's simple, or gosh forbid, made with a box...we freak out, and don't think it's blog worthy. In all seriousness, some of us need something simple, without a lack deliciousness at times! :}

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  15. I love the shape of these muffins, Carol and of course the flavors sound so delicious, too! Simple recipes are what I live by these days!

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    1. Happy Saturday, Lisa! Thanks so much for your kind words...now get back to making your incredible homemade pasta...which I can't wait for! ;}

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  16. The muffins look delightful Carol!! I would love one with some tea or coffee right now!

    Nazneen

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    1. Happy Saturday evening, Nazneen! Hope you're having a great weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to write your sweet comment!!!

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  17. Oh, boy. How wonderful are these???? My stomach grew hungry with your gorgeous photos...then went berserk when I read the recipe! SO yummy!!!

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    1. Hi Liz! Thanks so much...you're too kind! Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your Sunday!!!

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  18. Simple, yet beautiful!!
    Chocolate... more chocolate... topped with turbinado. In a muffin. LOVE!!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Kate! Have a fabulous Sunday!!!

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  19. This muffin looks wonderful! Buttermilk makes for such moist cakes. Its the crunchy topping, however, that puts these on my bake as soon as possible list!

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    1. Hi Wendy! You are so right...buttermilk does create such moist cakes. I'm happy that it was our chocolate party's ingredient this month. I read and learned a lot more about what it does to baked goods. The crunchy topping is fantastic too! Thanks so much!!!

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  20. I love simple and easy recipes like this! Can't wait to try. And the topping of raw sugar on top for some crunch. ;)

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    1. Thanks so much Amy!!! This definitely is simple...and the crunch will make you think you purchased it at a nice bakery!! :}

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  21. Oh my word these are so pretty! Love everything about them!

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  22. These would go perfect with my morning cup of coffee.

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    1. Hi Val! Thanks so much!!! LOVE your caprese pineapple appetizers...so making those!!! :}

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  23. Please don't be embarrassed! There are a beginner baker like me who LOVES easy and delicious recipe like this! I love the buttermilk and the white chocolate chips in these.

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    1. Nami, you may be a beginner baker (not), but are a phenomenal savory chef!!! You are always so sweet, thank you! xox

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  24. You had me at simple yet delicious -,who could ask for more?

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    1. Thanks so much! Still loving those chocolate filled egg shells you created at Easter!!! :}

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  25. These are simply gorgeous Carol! I always love the crunch of coarse sugar over top - it just makes them all the more inviting! Wish I had one now!

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    1. I totally agree about the sugar, Reeni! Thanks so much for your sweet comment!!!

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  26. I love easy recipes. This is spectacular. And seriously it's got chocolate in it so it's perfection.

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    1. Thanks so much, Kim! You are so right...what's not to love about chocolate! ;}

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  27. These would be welcomed with open arms (and mouths) at my home any day!! They look seriously perfect, Carol!

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  28. Yes, yes, yes, you've persuaded me, they look and sound FANTASTIC!!

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  29. Carol your photos are wonderful, I find them very inspiring! And the muffins look great, they almost have a gingerbread coloring to them. I've always been drawn to anything chocolate with white chocolate chips!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Sue! I hadn't thought about it, but now that you've mentioned it, the tops do have a gingerbread coloring. I believe that came from the raw sugar, which has a light caramel coloring to it. It absolutely changed the chocolate color of the muffins. Have a great day!!

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  30. Oh wow yum!!!

    Jillian - http://epic-thread.blogspot.com

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  31. Really beautiful muffins, Carol! I love their sparkly sugared tops...and the fact that there's 2 kinds of chocolate in these beauties!

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    1. Thanks so much, Faith! I love the crunch the sugar adds on the tops, too! Have a great weekend!

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  32. These look amazing!! Pinned :) and I love how cute and short yours are!

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    1. Thank you, Rachel...for your sweet comment, and for pinning! So appreciated! The size makes them more like a muffin top, which enhances the delicious crunchy top! :)

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  33. Carol these look and sound wonderful! I love white chocolate and lately have become obsessed with using buttermilk in baked quickbreads,muffins,cakes,etc. because the results are just amazing!

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    1. Buttermilk does add such a great depth to baked goods...keeping them so moist! Funny, I don't use white chocolate that often, but now I want to more...loved the creaminess of it! Thanks so much, Averie!!!

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  34. There's nothing to be embarrassed about. You have excellent baking skills that is drool-worthy :)

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  35. Simple for me is so much better. I think it's fun to see the recipes with lots going on. My taste is loving a muffin like this, Carol:)

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    1. Thanks so much, Lora! Funny, it was just so simple, but so delicious, I had to share! Plus, it was for the chocolate party. :)

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  36. Now this is a great breakfast treat! You make some of the tastiest treats and your photos are always mouthwatering and beautiful!!! The food just leaps off the computer.

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  37. Yes!! I'm absolutely persuaded. LOVE those cute little muffin cups! Kind of makes "muffin tops", which is my personal favorite part of the muffin.

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    1. Good morning, Kim! Thanks! They are like crunchy muffin tops...with a little more muffin than a top. They are so quick and easy, too! Enjoy the remainder of your week, Kim!!!

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  38. Carol, I love the muffin top to muffin bottom ratio here! That sugar crusted top looks beautiful and I love those big chunks of white chocolate.This is a great, easy recipe that can be whipped up at any time (and easily eaten too! I could inhale the whole batch of 'em).

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    1. I'm right with you, Nancy! Although the muffin itself is wonderful...having each bite contain the crusty sugar top makes it!!! Thanks so much for stopping by, and for your kind words. So appreciated! Have a great weekend!

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Hi! Thank you so much for stopping by a cup of mascarpone, and taking the time to leave a comment! I read, smile, and cherish each and every one of them! xox

Carol