Hooray, hooray!! Just over two weeks ago our lovely little lady baby arrived into our world. Its been a great couple of weeks lazing in PJs for long mornings, visitors and girly gifts, lots of cuddling on the couch and getting to know our little Belle.
I have to admit, there hasn’t been that much cooking! Quick easy baking recipes and soups and stews that can be made early in the day and fill the house with their flavoursome aroma as they simmer away. I’m not quite ready to come completely back into blog world so this post (and probably a few after this one) will be short and sweet but still simply delicious!
One thing I did bake, a big batch of these prune, pecan and dark chocolate muffins. I am loving prunes at the moment ( you might have know from this post) and have been adding them to as many recipes as possible. The pecans add great texture to the muffins and how can you go wrong with some nice chunks of dark chocolate oozing from a warm muffin!
Here’s the recipe, I used the base recipe of a bourke street bakery favourite:
400g plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
300g caster sugar
310g unsalted butter
200g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
200g poached prunes, pitted and chopped
100g chopped pecans
icing sugar for dusting
Preheat the oven to 190°C. Line muffin tins with paper cases. This recipe will make 12 large muffins but usually do a big batch and freeze half so make 24 medium sized muffins.
Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl and add the sugar. Mix well to combine.
Melt the butter, stir in the buttermilk. Using a whisk, stir in the eggs to combine. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry and whisk to combine – don’t worry if there are still lumps of flour. Use a large spoon to gently fold through prunes and chocolate and 2/3 of the pecans.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared muffin tins. Sprinkle the tops with the remaining chopped pecans. Reduce the oven temperature to 180°C and bake for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tins for 10 minutes before removing. Dust with icing sugar and eat while warm.