Sunday, April 3, 2011

Chocolate Chip Muffins!

I recently attended a birthday party for one of Tyler’s nephew’s.
The cute little thing was turning 3, with a party including a moon bounce, a petting zoo, a build a bear stand, and a food truck!
I am not really sure what little kids are into these days, and with a birthday party like this I had no clue what to bring as a present.
I asked the mother, and she said that he really doesn’t need anything, but if I did bring something, it should be small.
I could have brought a toy truck perhaps, but I thought a greater gift would be the gift of breakfast!
Give the parents a break and bake muffins for the family to have for the week!
I decided to bake chocolate chip muffins, since they are sweet and simple, and what kid doesn’t like chocolate?

2 cups all-purpose flour 
2 teaspoons baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup sugar  
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips  

Makes 12 muffins
Preheat an oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.
In a bowl, whisk together the melted butter, buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla until smooth.
In another bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, add the buttermilk mixture, and beat until smooth and well mixed, 1-2 minutes. Using a spatula, fold in the chocolate chips just until evenly distributed. Do not overmix. 
Spoon the batter into each muffin cup, filing it level with the rim.
Bake muffins until golden, dry, and springy to touch, 20-25 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin should come out clean. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes


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