Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Twelve Days of Chocolate - Chocolate Cherry Muffins


We're counting down to the Brooks Friends of the Library Death by Chocolate Bake Sale with the Twelve Days of Chocolate. Every day from now until May 12 we will be giving you a new chocolate recipe every day to tempt and inspire you. Each of these recipes came from magazines that are currently available for check out from the Brooks Public Library.

Today's marvelous muffins come from Oprah Magazine. You can check this magazine out from the Brooks Public Library or at www.oprah.com.

Chocolate Cherry Muffins
Makes 16 muffins

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 8 ounces all-purpose flour (1 1/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp.)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 ounces unsweetened cocoa powder (1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 7 ounces light brown sugar (1 1/8 cup packed)
  • 2/3 cup dried sour cherries
  • 1 large whole egg
  • 2/3 cup reduced fat milk
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp. reduced fat Greek style yogurt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350°, with a rack in the center position. Line 16 muffin tins with paper liners, and set aside.

Combine the oil and chocolate chips in a heat proof bowl, and heat over a double boiler, or in the microwave, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate has melted. Stir to combine, and set aside to cool for about 15 minutes.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cocoa powder, salt, brown sugar and dried cherries. Stir all the ingredients together to combine. In a separate mixing bowl whisk together the whole egg, milk, yogurt and vanilla extract.

Pour the cooled chocolate mixture, and the yogurt mixture into the bowl with the dried cherries. Fold the ingredients together, just until combined. Do not over mix the batter or the muffins will not rise properly.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center of one of the muffins comes out clean. Remove the muffins from the oven, and allow to cool slightly before serving. Leftovers can be stored, tightly wrapped, at room temperature for up to two days.

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And remember, the Death by Chocolate Bake Sale is happening Saturday May 12, 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Brooks Royal Canadian Legion. If you wish to donate some of your baking please give Gloria a call at 403-362-3295.