Forever Nigella #2 : Seduced by Chocolate - Nigella's Chocolate Chip Muffins With Special Ingredient!

Just to let you know, this post was written before I started the paleo diet to help ease my psoriasis. Nowadays I eat a more allergy-friendly diet, but leave these older, non-paleo posts up in case they are useful to readers, as I know not everyone eats the same as I do. Thanks for your understanding. 

Ooh I do love a good muffin. But I am a bit picky - I don't like them too sweet (that's what a cupcake is for, isn't it?) and they need to have lots of flavour. So I decided to feature them for the second round of the Forever Nigella blogging event, hosted by Maison Cupcake.

I've made these muffins countless times - so many times that I think I'd become a bit de-sensitized by them. I remember first making them and raving to anyone who listened that these were so good and miles better than any shop-bought muffin, and they really are. But the more I made them I wished for just a little richer flavour.

I tried everything - good quality dark (plain) cocoa powder, plain choc chips - just to boost the assault on the tastebuds. And then I discovered it - and that added ingredient was..... espresso powder! Sprinkle one heaped teaspoon of espresso powder into the dry ingredients before mixing with the milk mixture and although the muffins won't taste of coffee as such, they will have a rich "roastiness" to them that will knock the chocolate flavours up a notch. Try it. I still use plain choc chips and dark cocoa powder too.

Nigella made these on TV in her Feasts programme - it's not on but the Food Network has the recipe on its website
Eat them, as Nigella suggests: "with the warm breath of the oven still on them". Yum.



  1. Sounds lovely! I am not a coffee lover put the roastiness you described sounds delicious paired with the chocolate!

  2. I am totally with you. Coffee added to chocolate brings out the chocolate and love it when there's less sugar in there! They sound YUM.

  3. I bet a little espresso does add a lovely kick to this. Not made muffins for ages and they are a Nigella staple! Thanks for joining in with Forever Nigella!

  4. I've also made these many, many times including this morning for a stall at the school rugby tournament. I'll add a sprinkle of espresso powder next time - sounds like an excellent addition. Nice pics.


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