Submitted by : Plum’s book of tales and yummies

Duration : 40

Serve : 10

1 1/2 cups sifted flour (plus more if needed)
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup crystal sugar
20g vanilla sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1tsp baking soda
240g Nutella
2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
115g melted butter
100g chopped hazelnuts
+ 12 big whole hazelnuts (for the hearts)

Method :

  • Mix the dry ingredients together: mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and all types of sugar in a big bowl; let aside with a well inside.
  • Eggs are beaten, milk is added, Nutella is incorporated in the liquids (that was a hard one); the melted butter is added last.
  • Then the wet ingredients are poured into the dry ones, mix quicky with a wooden spoon (as we learned lumps can be left in the dough)
  • Chopped hazelnuts are added too; then the muffin cups are filled up to 2/3 of their volume with a big hazelnut inside to form the crunchy heart surprise (i like to put “hearts” in my muffins, question is… am I trying to bring them to life?)
  • Muffins are baked in preheated at 200C oven until they are done (for the big muffins takes longer up to 25mins, so keep an eye on them)

Tip :

  1. I will share with you my research on how to achieve extra fluffy muffins tricks that work :
  2. Before incorporating the wet ingredients into the dry, form a well in the flour and pour the liquid there, then mix from the walls of the bowl in within.
  3. Never allow your mixture to be truly smooth, lumps are okay, stir the dough around 5 times only.Put the oven 10C degrees hotter than the recipe suggests until the oven is heating up and when putting the muffins inside return to normal degrees.
  4. Avoid a lot of “wet” stuffings – lots of fresh fruit will keep the dough around the fruit from baking because of the juices, the muffin will not bake right and will not rise that much.
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