These muffins were a "goodbye gift" for a very good friend of mine who threw a farewell party this weekend. She will be travelling through the north of Europe for the next five months and I wanted to make sure she misses me at least a little ;-)
I couldn't decide whether to bake chocolate or vanilla muffins, so I made both sorts ;-)
Chocolate Chip Muffins:
I took the recipe from the one and only Nigella Lawson. She sure knows who to bake the decadent stuff ;-)
Find the recipe here!
1 lemon, zest and juice
180g crème fraiche
2 sachets of vanilla sugar
1 vanilla bean
80g butter, soft
1 pinch of salt
2 teaspoons of baking powder
(makes 12 muffins)
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Prepare a muffin tray and fill it with paper cases.
Mix lemon zest and juice, creme fraiche, sugar, vanilla sugar and the eggs.
Scratch the seeds out of the vanilla bean with a knife. Add to the mixture. Also add the butter and mix well. Then, add salt, flour and baking powder and mix until you have a smooth batter.
Fill the batter into the muffin cases. Bake for about 20-25 minutes. First, let them cool in the muffin tray for about 10 minutes or so. Then, let cool on a wire rack.
(Source: Annemarie Wildeisen's Kochen)