When it came to deciding what I wanted to do next in the series for Dessert for Two, the image that flashed was one o strawberries dunked in chocolate. It made sense: it’s easy and quite the perfect dessert after a mid-week dinner. The inspiration of this week’s Muffin Monday comes from there, only I took it one step further. Why not have chocolate lava muffins and berries being dunking into oozy gooey muffins.
‘Dessert For Two’ is a new series on Baker Street that caters to baked delicious dessert for two with limited ingredients and pantry supplies. I was inspired to this delicious challenge while I was moving homes and my kitchen was basically in suitcases and cardboard boxes. Unpacking after a long tiring day at work deserved gratification and this is what got me through. The first featured dessert was Chocolate Hot Pots. What I’m sharing today is yet another chocolate delight.
Changes and variations: The recipe is one of Alton Brown’s finest and I am yet to discover an Alton recipe that fails to deliver. However, you have to keep a few things in mind. Over-baking these muffins is easy and the window is small: seconds, in fact. I recommend not leaving the kitchen for those crucial 8 minutes. In fact, you want to under-bake these muffins, because even after you take them off, the heat will ensure it continues to cook in the pan. So take them out a minute or two earlier.
The original recipe recommends melting ice-cream and adding some coffee to it which is something I’ll try the next time round but in my version I dusted with some confectioners sugar and to make it a little more chocolatey, I added small chunks of milk and semi sweet chocolate chunks between the batter. The chocolate melted at just the right consistency for the strawberries to be dunked. The texture on top is cake-like but the minute you pin it with a toothpick, the chocolate gushes out. A sight everybody loves!
- 8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 stick butter
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 4 eggs
- Bunch of fresh strawberries
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. And line the tin with muffin liners.
- Place a small metal bowl over a saucepan with simmering water. Melt the chocolate and butter in the bowl. Stir in vanilla.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, flour and salt. Sift these into the chocolate and mix well with electric hand mixer. Add eggs one at time, fully incorporating each egg before adding the next. Beat at high until batter is creamy and lightens in color, approximately 4 minutes. Chill mixture.
- Coat the top and each cup of the muffin tin with butter. Dust with the cocoa powder and shake out excess. Spoon mixture into pan using a 4-ounce scoop or ladle. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Outsides should be cake-like and centers should be gooey.
53 Responses to Muffin Monday: Chocolate Lava Muffins
These look indulgent and just what I love! Looks fantastic!
Just gorgeous. I want to make these. Soon.
Absolutely delicious!!! Love the way the chocolate oozes from the centre. Yummy!!!
Another delicious muffin post here! Your recipe is very concise and to the point when it comes to preparing these, well done. The picture as well as the description makes these a winner in my book-delicious post.
OMG, you’re KILLING me! I LOVE lava cakes, and I agree that the strawberry in this one is just the perfect counter balance. Consider this bookmarked!
Wow, I can’t believe it’s a muffin and not cake. Ah, who cares…cake, muffin, it’s gorgeous either way!
Yum! This is more like a dessert then a muffin. I could totally eat this at any meal! Loks fabolous Darling! I’m going to surprise my Husband and make it for him!
Strawberries and chocolate have to be one of the best flavour combinations around!!!
I love the melted chocolate and strawberry on top. Great addition! This is definitely an award after a long day of hard work. Yum!
Oh my goodness! These are incredible…melty chocolate gets me every time :)
Oh my! Those certainly do look like lava..and so delicious too!
These look so delicious!!! That picture of those strawberries in melted chocolate teamed with a decadent muffin is simply beyond me :D
I know what I want for breakfast ;)
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*sigh* I love Alton. This muffin/mini-cakes are beautiful :)
Now this is my kind of muffin!!!! SO fabulous!!!
Oh my goodness…these lava muffins are just too gorgeous! And they’re making me hungry! What a perfect treat.
I love chocolate and when you say the words chocolate lava it makes me want to do a little happy dance. Wonderful muffins!!
Now that’s my kind of muffin! Hello chocolate lava deliciousness :D
I love any dessert that has chocolate oozing out of it. These muffins look great!
I literally just said “oh” out loud when I laid on eyes on this masterpiece of a muffin. Chocolate lava muffins can hang out in my kitchen ANY day! Great job! =]
WOW! These muffins look beautiful! My mouth is watering. Yum!
So happy your back from moving and I love this dessert for two series and these lava muffins – mmmm!
Hey you are a fountain full of muffins!! I like the oozing chocolate lava. This looks like one S would like when he is vack home for Spring break!!
Oh no! I gave up chocolate for Lent! Its funny how when you try to avoid your biggest weakness, its just jumps right out at you! lol! This looks soooo GOOD! Need!
I have tried chocolate lava muffins before, and it didn’t turn out great, like yours, mine the edge and top of the cake couldn’t set well. I should try your recipe and your method, because it’s looks much simple ingredients and good explanation
mmmm Molten Lava cakes are high on my to-do list and yours have me drooling and pushing myself to get to it faster! I also think ice cream melting on top must be fabulous! Love yours…perfect!
8 minutes to yumminess, I love this!
Ooooh, my downfall! I would kill for these :) Mmmmm.
Oh yeah…love me those dessert muffins
I love a muffin that causes one to ask *should I bite it or should I drink it*. Love these ;)
I love me a healthy overdose of lava cakes and this is the perfect portion. Or two ;)
Desserts for two is such a great idea! It would save me from over-indulging when I make a large batch of something I love!
These are magnificent! Totally decadent!
I’ve wanted to try this recipe so bad, as well as the two previous Muffin Monday recipes. :( I had too much on my sleeve plus a virus that won’t go away… So sad I wasn’t able to join for three weeks now.
Will make up to the group next week! :)
Though I am not a choc person but I can’t stop admiring this lovely lava cake. Very nice and tempting.
This is exactly the recipe that I need! My sister has been annoying me about making her moist, lava like cupcakes and cakes ;) But i didn’t really know what to make her :D
Lava cakes in muffin form! This sounds amazing!! And since there is more than 1 in a batch you’d have to roll me out of my apt afterward! Wow, looks and sounds so good. Have to try!
I love anything chocolate and lava-y.
Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh – I swear, my heart stopped beating! Stopped! Muffins that ooze out chocolate?! Oh, Mylanta!
If something have chocolate, it becomes my favorite. Even I have some kind of restriction to eat chocolate, I can’t resist to have something, and these muffins look amazing delicious.
There is no reason why this wouldn’t get a five star!:)
I have a little question,though.When you say “Chill mixture.”,do we just allow it to cool at room temperature or keep it in refrigerator for a couple of hours?
Thank you in advance,and thank you for sharing!:-)
Keep in the refridgerator for at least an hour.
Mmmm these look so decadent and delicious!! I love anything with a molten centre.
These sound and look so completely fantastic. Can’t wait to try!
These look absolutely incredible, and a slightly lighter alternative to a chocolate fondant pudding. Yum!
I definitely love the sight of chocolate gushing out. Yum!
Holy Mackerel! I do a molten chocolate cake that his highly requested around my house so I know these would be a HUGE hit. Yum!!!
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I just made brownies today but I wish I could have seen this one first. I have a lot of strawberries in my fridge too ^_^ and chocolate and berries are always the great combination….
Love it! I am a big fan of dessert disguised as breakfast – awesome recipe.
what a delicious idea!
I bet the chocolate oozing out is the best sight!
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