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Sunday, June 26, 2005

Malteser Muffins!


Malteser muffins Posted by Hello

These turned out FANTASTIC! And what a great product placement picture for Maltesers hey?
I had held on to this Delicious Magazine with a series on muffins for a while now, ear marking the malteser muffin recipe and their 'ultimate chocoholics' muffin recipe for a serious emergency muffin need in the near future.

The opportunity arose to make it when last week i was given a whole gift box of Maltesers at work (leftover from a delivery that had come in showcasing the 'christmas' selection, and in case i haven't mentioned it, i work for Mars, the company that gave birth to Mars, M&M's, Maltesers, Bounty, Snickers, Dove, Galaxy.... etc etc - and yes, it is tempting to be surrounded by chocolate!)

I had to deliver another batch of muffins for this weekend, and decided to 'take the risk' with this recipe, having no clue whether it would turn out well or not. I might have mentioned in earlier postings before that i had always sought after those perfect domed tops that come billowing out of their muffin cups. This recipe makes those larged domed tops. It uses 1 tablespoon of baking powder (and i use double acting baking powder which probably adds to the rise). On top of that, the tops were crispy - a much desired and loved part of for muffin lovers.

I think having to half fill 3 empty muffin cups with water contributed to the 'crispy tops'. I don't ever get crispy domed tops, and i think this might have been the trick. Because the recipe surprisingly only filled 3 cups of my jumbo sized muffin tin, i filled the remaining 3 with water (i had read somewhere before that one needs to balance the filled muffin tin when in the oven and to avoid burning the empty cups in the tin? - I'm not sure, but i think that was it)

After 20 mins, they came out huge and glorious with large LARGE domed tops. I have to confess that what you see in the picture are actually my second batch of this recipe. The first batch as i said, only made 3 large muffins. Following my policy not to deliver something i've never tried before, i of course was 'FORCED' to try one of the 3 and damn, was it good! Very sweet i must say, so make it if you're craving a dessert muffin. i tried a measly quarter, then wrapped up the remainder in foil and passed it to a girlfriend who had come to pick me up for a party that night (i had made these at 9:30pm on Sat night)

My Muffin Proposal
Now, I'm very proud of what then happened. She brought it to the party, and offered a portion to a guy friend of hers (that i had just been introduced to). He tried it, then said 'I would marry her for muffins like these' to which she said, 'well too bad, she's attached'. and we had a laugh about what a good line this would make in my blog. So there you go. The high point in my muffin career - a proposal from a near stranger.
Even if it was just hypothetical, it feels good to be able to tell the story.

So here goes the recipe!

Malteser Muffins

1 1/2 cups (225g) cups plain flour
1 cup crushed Maltesers, plus
24 whole Maltesers to decorate
1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
1 tbs baking powder
1 egg
3/4 sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup melted unsalted butter
1/4 cup (60ml) milk

Caramel Icing (this is optional of course. I opted not to use icing on mine!)
1 1/2 cups (225g) icing sugar, sifted
1 tbs milk
2 tbs golden syrup
30g unsalted butter, softened

To make the icing, beat all ingredients together with a wooden spoon.

Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease muffin tins.
Sift flour into large bowl with maltesers, sugar, baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt.
In a separate bowl beat together egg, sour cream, vanilla, butter and milk, then fold mixture into dry ingredients until just combined. Pour into muffin pans and bake for 16-20 mins, until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool slightly in the pan, then remove to cool completely.
Spread icing over muffins, then decorate with a whole Malteser.


p.s. As i was saying, what you see in the picture were my second batch (made on Sunday). I was craving them so much and had forgotten to take a pic of my first batch! for this second batch, i made them in smaller muffin tins( which meant 6 in total) - so what you see is not quite as huge as what were delivered to the cafe this morning. Having said that, i cut down on the sugar for this batch, which i have to say -resulted in a less satisfactory muffin, so my advise is follow the recipe word for word - and make them in jumbo sized muffin tins!

56 Comments:

  • How delightful these sound! I love Malteasers. Did people at the cafe buy them for breakfast or for dessert?

    By Blogger Nic, at 8:52 PM  

  • Hey Nic! I don't know if people at the cafe bought them for breakfast or dessert because i didn't stay to 'monitor' this time round, but my bet is that it would have hit the spot as 'dessert' after breakfast, or just something delightful one allows themselves anytime of day just because it's a Sunday! I'll copy down the recipe as soon as I can so hopefully when you're in the mood, you can try it too!

    By Blogger Chin Ru, at 10:34 PM  

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    By Blogger the baker, at 8:41 PM  

  • thanks a mil for the recipe! will be baking some for my friends this weekend and i can't wait! one qn though... it says there crushed maltesers, so how crushed up must they be? smashed to smithereens or just till they look like malteser chunks?

    By Blogger the baker, at 8:42 PM  

  • hey
    it doesn't have to be crushed to smeethereen's as you put it, but i crushed it with a mortar and pestle and it was broken into irregular sizes - not big chunks but fairly small bits. Ultimately, i think it depends on what you prefer. Biting into hard chunks of honey comb chocolate or having a more subtle malteser taste.
    Good luck and tell me how it goes!

    By Blogger Chin Ru, at 12:32 AM  

  • hey i baked those muffins already. and it was before i read your reply. but anyway I just smashed up the maltesers till they were mini chunks. but i forgot to freeze them. the maltesers were at room temperature... so the chocolate was quite smashed up. mine didn't have puffy tops... cos i put a malteser in the centre of the batter which in turned weighed the muffin down.... but tasted good though. but it was very oil! haha must be cos of all the sour cream too...

    By Blogger the baker, at 9:58 AM  

  • oops i meant to say it was rather 'oily'. typed too fast.

    By Blogger the baker, at 9:59 AM  

  • hey! oh yeah, that's something i forgot to mention. I didn't have sour cream when making my malteser muffins, and hence left it out altogether (always find it such a pain having to buy sour cream that I can never seem to finish before expiry). Perhaps you could try it again without sour cream next time?
    And yes, maltesers melt very easily, so i did put them in the freezer for a while before smashing them up!

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