Tuesday, December 18, 2012

OATMEAL MUFFINS WITH A CHOCOLATE TWIST




In honor of National Oatmeal Muffin Day, I'm sharing my favorite recipe with a chocolate twist. The holiday is tomorrow, but since I missed Chocolate Covered Anything Day I want to get in early on this one.

This recipe is from the back of a box of Molino Rolled Oats sold back in the 1980's. Any rolled oats can be used. I don't think they sell Molino products anymore.

Ingredients
1 cup rolled oats soaked in buttermilk for 1 hour
1 egg
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup melted oil or margarine ( I always use butter)

Preheat oven to 400
Add beaten egg and sugar to oat mixture. Add dry ingredients. Stir in melted butter.
Spoon into greased muffin pan - 1/2 full
Bake 20-25 minutes

Chocolate Twist
Add chocolate chips, a packet of hot chocolate powder or 1/2 tsp of 100% cocoa powder.

Friday, December 14, 2012

FAVORITE CHOCOLATE MOMENTS OF 2012






This week end ( Dec 14- Dec 16) I will be giving fun gifts- all chocolate related - to a random winner. All you have to do is leave a comment and your email address on my blog.

Today's gift is a DD destination mug from sunny Florida and of course a chocolate donut ornament.

The fun part of writing about chocolate is not only the chocolate, but the wonderful people who consider me a chocolate expert. 
Fans, friends, and family have generously shared lots of chocolate stuff with me this year: recipes, fun facts, and delicious chocolate from all over the world.





My favorite recipe came from a fan. It's an old recipe from Better Homes and Gardens.


 Cocoa Ripple Ring    I used a boxed mix and  added                                                 
2 packets of cocoa, or more.
(mix with a tbs of sugar if you like)
Layer batter in thirds, alternating with cocoa mixture, into
a well greased 12 cup bundt pan. Bake as directed on box. 



My favorite saying came from James Sweeney.
We have to save the earth, it's the only planet with chocolate.



My favorite chocolates were a gift from my son - a delicious box of mixed chocolates from Bruge Street in Belgium.




Do you have a favorite chocolate moment this year?
Tell me about it.