Blogging Marathon #23
Theme : Eggless Chocolate Cupcakes & Muffins
Coming up with unique muffins for this week’s BM category has been challenging as many took on this category. With all the participants reading each other’s posts, variety is important otherwise the poor reader will become quite bored.
I decided to do a steamed muffin. You might ask how I even thought of this. Well, several months ago I tried Puto for the first time. It is a popular breakfast item in the Phillipines, made of rice flour and coconut milk and then steamed. See my original post for Coconut Puto here. They are already eggless so it was quite simple to add some chocolate to it so that it would make a good entry for this week’s BM category.
|Smooth melted chocolate|
Some people who may be new to cooking with melted chocolate, instead of using cocoa powder, may wonder why I always melt the chocolate using the double boiler method. I am not doing this just to create extra work, but there is a scientific reason why not to use quicker methods. Under direct heat, the fats separate which create a grainy, lumpy chocolate melt. This often creates a grainy end product. By utilizing a slow melt, you get a smooth chocolate melt, ensuring a moist end product.
(click here for printable recipe)
2 1/4 cups rice flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 3/4 cup. coconut milk
2 oz. semi sweet baking chocolate, melted in a double boiler
1/2 cup water
1 cup sugar
7 pandan/ screwpine leaves/ bai toey (if you cannot locate these, add a little vanilla to the steaming water)
In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder and sugar. Add coconut milk, water and chocolate and mix thoroughly until you have a smooth batter.
Fill a wok 1/2 way with water. Add the leaves to the water. Place a metal rack in the water and then a bamboo steamer on top.
Spray silicone muffin cups with non stick spray and fill the cups about 3/4 full with puto batter.
Cook on medium flame for 35-40 minutes. Remove bottom steamer rack and cook an additional 5 minutes for each rack, depending if you have a double or a triple steamer.
Enjoy soft and fluffy muffins! These type of muffins must be refrigerated and can be easily warmed up for 30 seconds in the microwave.