Muffin Monday: Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Swirl Muffins

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I heart Dorie Greenspan.

Frequent readers of this blog will know how much respect I have for Dorie, who in my humble opinion is a true culinary genius. I am still very much in love with her latest cookbook; Around My French Kitchen (click here to read the full review and recipe tests). And her Coffee Break Muffins are at the top of my list of favourite Muffin Monday recipes.

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This week’s recipe is for a truly addictive Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Swirl Muffin. Chocolate and peanut butter – a classic flavour combination that I happen to adore. The recipe involves a few more steps than our usual muffins, but rest assured it is still straightforward and the results are worth the extra effort.

Like with the Coffee Break Muffins, I opted to follow this recipe to a tee. Yes, fleeting thoughts of peanut butter and/or butterscotch chips, Reese’s Pieces, and cream cheese peanut butter icing all crossed my mind, but I really wanted to experience these muffins as Dorie had intended.

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© 2012 CookThatBook

A chocolate muffin batter consisting of dry ingredients mixed with melted chocolate and unsalted butter, are incorporated with buttermilk, egg and vanilla. Additional chocolate chips are added into the mix before the muffins are topped with a peanut butter swirl (melted peanut butter and unsalted butter, icing sugar and milk), which is then swirled into the top of each muffin.

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These muffins are incredibly moist with a slight tang from the buttermilk, and full of rich chocolatey flavour that compliments the salty peanut butter swirl on top. Despite their decadence, there is no confusing these muffins for cupcakes. The texture is more dense and the level of sweetness subtle, making it the perfect definition of a muffin.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; I heart Dorie Greenspan.

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