Chocolate Chip Muffin Loaf

Chocolate chips

Last Wednesday, I was having an exceedingly bad day. It was raining, my train to work was late, the Virgin Trains wi-fi connection that I paid £6 for was so slow that I seriously wondered if it was being powered by a hamster wheel, my laptop decided not to save the presentation I spent an hour working on, and  – perhaps worst of all – I ate a disappointing muffin.

In fairness, I should probably have known what I was getting myself into when I decided to buy the aforementioned ‘skinny muffin’ before heading onto the train. Skinny muffin. Was there ever a more contradictory sounding food product? This one claimed to be filled with blueberries, but instead it tasted of artificial sweeteners and sadness. While I may have eaten the whole thing in a fit of hunger and self loathing, I vowed that I would not repeat the experience. And, that when I returned home, I would create a vastly superior product that would knock the socks off all who tried it. (I may have been watching too much Breaking Bad.)

Chocolate Chip Muffin Loaf (1)

So, behold this Chocolate Chip Muffin Loaf. That’s right. Muffin loaf. Because why have just one measly muffin when you can consume an entire loaf made out of the stuff? In terms of baking, this is about as simple as it gets – one bowl, lots of butter, and a shitload of chocolate chips (although, if you wanted to gussy it up a bit, this would probably be even more delicious if you added some chopped dried apricots to it.) It takes less than ten minutes to assemble too, meaning that you can go from no muffin – ultimate muffin within the space of an hour. And while this may not be the best muffin you’ve ever tasted, I’d argue that it’s pretty damn close. But seeing as I managed to eat half a loaf of this stuff within twenty minutes of it emerging from the oven, I guess I would say that.

Chocolate Chip Muffin Loaf (2)

CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFIN LOAF

Based loosely on this recipe from Abel & Cole

You will need:

  • 100g unsalted butter, melted
  • 200g plain white flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 130g golden caster sugar
  • 2 medium sized eggs
  • 120ml milk
  • 100g dark chocolate chips

Make It!

  1. Heat your oven to 180°C/Gas 4. Oil a medium sized loaf tin and line with baking paper (this will stop it sticking.)
  2. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a bowl.
  3. Whisk the egg, milk and butter together and add to the dry ingredients until a smooth batter forms (take care not to overmix your ingredients!)
  4. Mix in the chocolate chips. Eat a few while you’re doing this.
  5. Pour into the prepared baking tin and bake for 45 mins, till golden and a wooden skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  6. Devour immediately with a cup of tea.
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