Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Baking: Chocolate Honey Zucchini Muffins

2 cups flour
1/2 cup natural cocoa
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup honey
3 eggs
2 cups, unpeeled zucchini grated
8 ounces chocolate chips
1/3 cup raw sugar or other big crystal sugar for topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour muffin pans, 2 x 12 size muffin pans, or use liners. Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and vanilla. Slowly add the honey in a fine stream. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix well. Add the dry ingredients 1/3 at a time, beating well after each addition. Fold in the zucchini and 2/3 of the chocolate chips by hand. Pour the batter into the muffin tin so they are 3/4 full. Sprinkle with the remaining chocolate chips and bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 22 minutes until firm. After 10 minutes or so, sprinkle the sugar on top of the half-baked muffins. If you put the sugar on before baking, it will melt in, which tastes good but doesn't look as nice. Carefully remove from the pans right away, cool a bit before eating.

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