Death by Triple Chocolate Muffins

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Oh, you think it’s impossible? Death by chocolate? Everything is possible! You think the muffin looks innocent? Wrong again. That muffin hides three types of chocolate. Not one, or two, three! Death by chocolate I tell you.

How did we get this far? There is of course the love for all things chocolate. I mentioned it before, but I’ll repeat it again: we so happen to live in the land of chocolat. Temptation at every corner. Every year. Then there was a certain email asking if I would like to take part in the Stop the Traffik event. Yes, please, I would very much like to take part.

Fairtrade chocolate. How often do you buy fairtrade chocolate? Really?

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Or, how often do you ask your chocolatier where the cocoa comes from? Let me start by answering (and admitting): never! Which is why this event is not only a lot of fun (I’ll come to the death by chocolate x 3), but also very important. Raising awareness of fairtrade is something that can be sweet as well.

My own experience with fairtrade chocolate. Not a very happy one. We recently tried out a new supermarket. Our usual supermarkets are GB (well, Carrefour really) and Delhaize. Purely a question of proximity. For a change we went to Champions. Loved it. Clean, airy, great butcher etc. Back to the chocolate though. Please note, we live in the country of chocolate. Entire aisles of chocolate heaven are a regular sight.

Well, guess what? We could only fine ONE fairtrade chocolate bar. ONE. Amongst all the chocolate out there, of which notably the reference chocolate. ONE. Can you understand chocolatethe shock? Granted, I have not actually looked for fairtrade chocolate before, so I wasn’t sure what I will find. I know, I didn’t expect to find only one fairtrade chocolate . The best 74% dark chocolate.

However for a triple chocolate muffin I needed three chocolates. I settled for 2 bars dark fairtrade chocolate, and one bar white chocolate. Out of curiosity though, do you buy fairtrade chocolate? I have been paying extra attention now to fairtrade chocolate availability, and the choice seems to be incredibly limited. One fairtrade chocolate per supermarket? Too little for a conscious consumer who still wants to enjoy the joys of chocolate. Or a triple chocolate muffin that is.

 

Tripe Chocolate Muffins (adapted from Olive, October 2007)

300gr self raising flour

100gr caster sugar

250ml milk

1 egg

60gr butter, melted

1tbsp vanilla extract

100gr each of dark, milk and white (fairtrade) chocolate, broken up

 

Heat the oven to 200C/ gas 6. Line a muffin tin with paper cases. Mix the flour and sugar in a large bowl. In a second bowl whisk together the milk, egg and melted butter. Add the milk mixture and the chocolate into the flour mixture, and use a large metal spoon to gently combine. Be careful not to over mix. You want it a bit lumpy. Divide the muffin mixture between the paper cases and bake for 25min. Makes 10.

 

Now, of course, we all know written recipe is one thing, real experience another. Things that were different: of course my muffin tin was a 12 hole one (sounds almost like golf) so I had a lot of smaller muffins. I think it would have also been better to butter the paper cases. Another change I would bring to the recipe? The broken up chocolate: the pieces were too big and didn’t get the chance to really melt into the muffin. So next time it is either smaller pieces, or chocolate buttons.

 

Other than that? The muffins tasted delicious. White chocolate in a hot muffin? Simply divine. And it all felt good as well! So do you buy fairtrade chocolate? What is your favorite chocolate dessert? I am curious to know. You guessed it: I love chocolate. Do not forget to check out all the stop the traffik entries after 5 October over at R Khooks.

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  • The more chocolate the better, looks great!

  • I love flourless chocolate cake. The richer and darker, the better!

  • Corr, three types of chocolate, that sounds like heaven! I’m really surprised that you can’t get more Fairtrade chocolate easily in the land of chocolate (or was it just that supermarket)

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  • We tend to buy free trade coffee, but not really chocolate. It’s really something we should think about.

    This recipe looks amazing though…don’t tell my hubby about it though as I know he’ll be drooling over it and demanding I make it!

  • I love chocolate and I just got some new muffin pans, so I might just have make me a batch.

    I’m familiar with free trade coffee, but not so much with chocolate.

    And I haven’t found a chocolate dessert I didn’t like, so it’s hard to choose a favorite—maybe chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and fudge brownies.

  • Hey Andreea,
    Thanks for your entry, love your little supermarket reportage. It’s definetly *seriously life threatening* recipe 😉 Don’t forget to email me your entry details and to come back for the round up and voting next week.

  • Hey Andreea, The Stop the traffik chocolate competition round up is now up. Check out the entries and send me your vote.

  • Hi, Andreea ! I can say that I know a little bit about chocolate, I grow up in a chocolate-maker familly. About fairtrade chocolate, you should try to find the Artisanat SEL ones, they tastes very good, and also the SALDAC ones. Both have websites http://www.saldac.com/index.php?c_p=05 , and http://www.artisanatsel.com/boutique/liste_produits.cfm?type=271&code_lg=lg_fr&num=16 . The only point is that shipping out from France is expensive.. but if you go to France, or if you know someone there who can buy it for you, you really should try one of them.. Let me know if you liked, when you’d have tried..

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  • Mm, delicious and so simple! I love big chunks of melted chocolate in a muffin, and this is the perfect way to use some Green & Blacks or Endangered Species chocolate. Good work!