About this recipe:The classic chocolate chip muffin! And when I say jumbo, I mean jumbo - these guys are huge! You'll need a jumbo muffin tin and jumbo paper muffin cases to go with. Read the footnotes for secrets to the perfect muffin!
Makes: 4 jumbo muffins
250g plain flour
125g caster sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
150ml semi-skimmed milk
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon chocolate extract
100g dark or milk chocolate chips
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Pre-heat your oven to its highest setting (temperature will be reduced when muffins go in). Prepare your muffin tin by lining with paper cases and set aside.
Sift together into a bowl: flour, sugar, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda, and set aside.
In another bowl combine all your wet ingredients: oil, egg, milk, extracts, and mix well.
Straightaway sift all your dry ingredients again into the bowl with the wet ingredients. When sifted add chocolate chips and fold together the mixture 15 times ONLY.
Straightaway spoon your mixture into your muffin cases so they are each 3/4 full and place in your oven on the middle shelf, reduce temperature to 170 C / Gas 3 and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until the tops are firm to the touch.
Let the muffins sit in the tin for 1 to 2 minutes after you take them out of the oven, place them on a cooling rack for 10 minutes and then serve still warm, mmmmm!
Place a roasting tray or any ovenproof container full of water on the bottom shelf of your oven when baking your muffins; it will help keep them really moist.
Hold your sieve high above bowls when sifting dry ingredients; this will make your muffins really light.
To help your chocolate chips keep their shape in the muffins, freeze them before using.
MOST IMPORTANT! Remember to only stir your mixture 15 times; this is the key to great muffins. Don't be tempted to over-stir no matter what your mixture looks like.