Wasabi and Chocolate Muffins
There has been a long gap since my last post. Reason – a change in location…again! I have moved from Pondicherry to the city of Gurgaon. Gurgaon is a complete opposite of Pondicherry. Bigger roads with bigger traffic, big malls with a big crowd, bigger apartment in high rises with a higher rent. But its a change that I am enjoying so far. I guess living in a small town for past 3 years made me crave for the city life. Not that I like going to the crowded malls or being stuck in the traffic – but I like the ease of access for things. Really enjoying the benefits of speaking a common language for sure also there is a bigger and a better availability of food and fresh produce from different parts of the world.
As much as I love living in different cities and countries, it comes with its own set of adjustment. I am talking things that you have to deal with apart from the whole packing and moving bit. The first couple of weeks in the new apartment were dedicated to working out a schedule for the movers and packers to come deliver our stuff. There was a bit of an issue as they wanted to deliver our boxes at 2 AM. Then for the first 3 weeks we could not get an internet connection hooked up. Post 3 applications with 2 different internet providers we now have a connection with a decent speed. Oh the perks of being in a metro city in India.
Now that all that excitement is over – I can focus on cooking….and photoshooting. I am still in the process of finding the best spot for photography in the new apartment – but I will get there. First thing that I made in the new apartment had to be sweet and chocolaty. I have made chocolate muffins so many times before– we all have. These muffins are moist and have a subtle underlying hint of wasabi. Its definitely not a conventional flavor but worth trying. I also topped the muffins with a cocoa crumble that gave it a slightly crunchy top – a contrast to the moist muffins. I used wasabi powder for this recipe as wasabi paste is little difficult to mix in and you might get wasabi lumps in some bites – yikes! Muffins taste great with coffee or tea specially if its raining outside just like right here in Gurgaon.
Serving 8 muffins
Cooking time 15 minutes + 30 minutes baking
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup cocoa powder
1 tbsp wasabi powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp instant coffee
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup plain yogurt
For Cocoa Crumble
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp butter, cold and cut into small pieces
Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix them up with the back of a fork. Place in the refrigerator till ready to be used.
- Preheat the oven at 350 F/180 C.
- Grease and/or line the muffin tin with liners.
- In a large bowl mix together, flour, cocoa, wasabi, baking soda, baking powder and instant coffee.
- In a mixing bowl add butter and sugar and whisk till it turns pale and fluffy.
- Add eggs one by one while whisking the mixture continuously.
- Add the flour mixture and stir with a spatula till the flour is just mixed in.
- Add yogurt and mix lightly till its just mixed in.
- Distribute the batter in the muffin tin and sprinkle the tops with about a teaspoon of the cocoa crumble mixture.
- Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, cool completely and serve.