‘Mazin Muffins

The question of the day was “Ok, how do I entertain a 1 and 5 year old before nap and lunch time!?”
We got baking, with a lack of scales, some good old guesswork and lots of cake sprinkles.
This is a good, fun, clearly family friendly way to spend some time. So my little 5 year old helper and I, made choccy muffins and they were ace.
Here’s how..


You will need:
. 2 large FR eggs
. 300 ml milk
. 175g melted butter
. 1 massive spoon of nutella
. 375g self raising flour
. 200g caster/granulated sugar
. 3 heaped tablespoons of cocoa powder
. 1 pinch of salt
. Lots of chocolate chips if you have them!

The trick in muffins, is to keep the dry ingredients separate to the wet ones until the last minute. So, firstly heat your oven up on 180c and line your muffin tray with the cases. I usually get about 16 cakes out of this, but it does of course depend on the amount of mixture you load the cases with, so don’t quote me on that!

Add all the dry ingredients together in one bowl, and sieve it if you can be bothered. If not, no biggie. We’re cooking with kids here, the less chances you give them to create mess, the better!
Also get all the wet ingredients blended nicely in a separate bowl. Once the two bowls are sufficiently mixed, add the wet to the dry and give it a super fast stir. You don’t want to spend more than 30 secs on this because as soon as you start to play with the mixture the less fluffy the muffins will be. Don’t panic if, as you’re scooping into the cases, you come across little lumps of dry ingredients, trust me they sort themselves out.

Olivia's little hand mixing flour for muffins

Stick the trays in the oven as fast as you can, and leave them in there cooking away for 25 minutes. They may feel a little soft still when you take them out, but it’s all good. Leave them to cool whilst you stick the kettle on and try to keep little fingers licking a cooking spoon rather than poking hot cakes!
Let me know how yours turn out if you try them!

Oh Ellie spooning cake mixture into cases