On Sunday we made the most of the sunny autumnal equinox weather. We strode out through field and forest, foraging for the last handfuls of blackberries to make these double chocolate and blackberry muffins.
Did you gasp when you saw that photo? I did! I wish I could sit down with you and share one of these warm from the oven. I would love to see your face as you bit into the soft sponge to find oozing melted dark chocolate chunks and the deep, sweet flavour of autumn’s fruitfulness. As my family taste tested them for me they made those sounds you make when something is so amazingly delicious that you have no words, you just want to keep eating and explore all the flavours; to try another bite and see if it keeps on giving. Smiles spread across their faces. I hade made the perfect cake – the best double chocolate and blackberry muffins in the history of autumnal cakes. They are a triumph!
- 285 g /10oz self raising flour
- 55 g /2oz cocoa powder
- 225 g /8oz soft , dark brown sugar
- 85 g /3oz melted butter
- 175 ml /6floz milk
- 80 ml /3floz greek yoghurt
- 125 g /5oz dark chocolate chunks
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 85 g /3oz blackberries
- Extra greek yoghurt and a handful of blackberries
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F
Line 2 muffin tins with paper cases (I used one 12 hole pan and one 6 hole pan)
Sift the flour and cocoa together into a large bowl
Stir in the sugar
Make a well in the centre
Whisk together the milk, egg, melted butter, yoghurt and vanilla extract
Pour into the well and fold in gently with as few strokes as possible
Stir in the chocolate chunks and the blackberries
Spoon the muffin mix evenly between the paper cases
Bake in the preheated oven for 20 - 25 mins until risen and a skewer inserted into a muffin comes out clean.
Serve warm as they are or cold with a blob of greek yoghurt and a blackberry on top
These muffins will keep well in a cake tin for two or three days - if they last that long!
The leaves on the beech trees on our favourite walk are just beginning to turn. We wandered through the woodland in our wellies and found puffballs pushing up through the forest floor and sweet chestnuts swelling tantalisingly overhead – the autumn foraging season is on its way!
I’m looking forward to sharing some more of our foraged finds and the things we make with them as autumn really gets into its stride but, for today, I will just leave you with another picture of the best ever chocolate and blackberry muffins to tempt you. Go on, get out there and grab the last of these delicious berries!
If you are now in the mood for baking autumnal muffins, you might also like to have a go at my Bramley Apple and Pecan Muffins!
I’m sharing my chocolate and blackberry muffins with Tin and Thyme’s We Should Cocoa (for all things chocolatey!)