Baking is my stress reliever. Some people do yoga, some people meditate, some people go to spas... I bake! I also love to cook - but baking brings me peace - it makes me relax.
I don't know if it's the mixing
If it's the fact that the muffins, cupcakes or cakes I bake will make people happy...
Or it's because I remember spending so many hours when I was a kid watching my mom bake. I lost my mom when I was 18 and baking was one of the things I loved to do with her. Probably makes me feel closer to my mom :)
I ran out of blueberries... so decided to bake something with chocolate for a change!! ;) foodlibrarian shared a great recipe for Mocha Muffins - and they are real good (just had one after my weigh-in at Weight Watchers!! Don't want to know how many points I just ate!!)
Muffins with Chocolate Chips and Pecans (my changes in red)
1/4 cup hot water
1 1/2 tablespoon instant espresso powder (I used 2)
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil (I used canola oil)
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar (used a couple of tablespoons less)
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (I used almost 2 cups)
The original recipe has 1 cup pecans but I skipped.
Preheat oven to 375°F (350F in my oven). Line muffin tin with liners. The recipe says it makes 12 muffins, but I got 15 muffins (I got 12 huge muffins). Dissolve espresso powder in the hot water.
Wet ingredients: Whisk together the buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla in a medium bowl, then add the espresso mixture. Dry ingredients: Mix flour, sugar, brown sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add buttermilk mixture and stir just until combined. Mix in chocolate chips and pecans (if using). Do not overmix your muffin batter!
Pour into muffin pan. I use a scooper to dish out the batter. Bake until tester inserted into center of muffins comes out clean, about 20 minutes (recipe says 25 minutes but mine were done in 20 so check early!) Transfer muffins to rack and cool.
Guess who was looking at the muffins cooling on the bench... :)