Sweet Thyme and Choc Chip Muffins

March 21, 2011

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I’ve always been taught to be grateful for what you have and never take things for granted. In an unpredictable world where circumstances can change for the worse in a snap, there’s really no other motto that I ardently live by.

I’m grateful for The Captain and my dog “The Fi”, both of which, have the awesome ability to soothe and calm my frazzled soul.

For my amazing friends; the special kind who truly knows who you are and will stand by your side unconditionally and without hesitation. To have one is miracle enough but to have a handful, well I count myself extremely lucky (insert love heart here).

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I’m also thankful for the simple joy of baking and for eggs, butter, milk, flour, sugar, chocolate…

Finally, for the ritual of sipping hot tea and taking a bite out of a warm, freshly baked muffin that has been lovingly slathered with butter. These muffins ain’t fancy but the pleasure it brings is immeasurable.

For all of that, I am grateful.

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Sweet Thyme and Chocolate Chip Muffins


Makes 12 large muffins

Ingredients

200g light brown sugar
2-3 Tbls of thyme leaves (this gives a subtle flavour but feel free to adjust and ramp it up!)
2 large eggs
250ml milk
125ml of canola or vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
400g plain flour
4 tsps of baking powder
1/2 tsp of salt
150g chocolate chips (dark, milk, white, your choice!)

Method

Preheat oven to 200°C and line a 12-muffin tin with patty cases.

Whisk the sugar, thyme leaves, eggs, milk, oil and vanilla extract until combined.

Sift over the flour, baking powder and salt and lightly mix with a whisk until just combined. Fold through the chocolate chips. It’s totally fine for a muffin batter to be slightly lumpy because it’ll yield softer muffins. Overmix it until smooth and they’ll end up dry and hard (and honey, nobody likes a hard muffin!).

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Spoon out the batter into muffin cases to about 3/4 full. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until golden and the centre springs back when lightly pressed or the skewer comes out clean when inserted.

Transfer muffins to wire rack and cool slightly. Serve warm with a dusting of icing sugar and butter on the side.

Print this recipe.

Recipe adapted from Paul A. Young’s Adventures with Chocolate.

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Jen Moore December 30, 2011 at 08:54

YES-the comment about butter! Anything with butter is better- and I bet these would go great with melted butter atop! I can’t wait to make these for my family.
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citrusandcandy March 24, 2011 at 15:15

Couldn't have said it better myself! Glad to have you back in Sydney love! xxxx

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citrusandcandy March 24, 2011 at 15:14

Especially with butter. Oh gawd, how I love butter!!

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citrusandcandy March 24, 2011 at 15:14

Naw you're too sweet! :D

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citrusandcandy March 24, 2011 at 15:09

Hehehe thank you!!!! xxxx

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citrusandcandy March 24, 2011 at 15:09

Definitely something everyone must try esp if they love thyme. Naww much <3 back to you love!

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citrusandcandy March 24, 2011 at 15:09

Thank you so much! Hope you enjoy it! xx

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citrusandcandy March 24, 2011 at 15:08

Yay for darling fur-babies! xxxx

I didn't know how brilliant thyme was in desserts too. The earthiness really does complement the sweet stuff like chocolate and caramel :)

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citrusandcandy March 24, 2011 at 15:07

I'm just discovering the joys of using different herbs in desserts myself. It's so intriguing to see which herb works with what. Fun times! :D

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citrusandcandy March 24, 2011 at 15:06

Thank you so much. Means a lot to me :)

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citrusandcandy March 24, 2011 at 15:05

I've always loved thyme but this was one of my first forays into dessert territory too. It just made the muffins a bit more 'earthy' which goes nicely with chocolate chips :)

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citrusandcandy March 24, 2011 at 15:04

Aww thanks so much. It's a simple message that I must remember to incorporate more often especially in times like these xx

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Phuoc'n Delicious March 23, 2011 at 11:08

Ngawww… We do take things for granted sometimes but it is nice to be brought back to reality to allow us all to realise what truly matters in life.

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catty March 22, 2011 at 10:38

Your muffins look and sound delicious… and yes, not many things beat biting into a freshly baked muffin!

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Steph March 22, 2011 at 00:19

I wish I could take photos of dark surfaces just like you <3 Love the sound of this combination, would be so great with a cup of tea right now!

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Rhonda March 21, 2011 at 23:35

yum!! thyme and chocolatE? what an interesting combo.. really loving your photos esp that innard shot one!

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mlle délicieuse March 21, 2011 at 13:07

Nawww…so much <3!

And I don't think I've ever had thyme in any sweet dish before…and I'm sure never in a muffin. Intriguing…

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katie March 21, 2011 at 07:44

I've never though of using thyme and chocolate together but I love both flavours, so why not try them together? I'm longing to try these now, they look fab

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Ellie @ KitchenWench March 21, 2011 at 07:00

I agree, there's a lot of simple pleasures that we should never take for granted – the love of friends and family, a darling fur-baby, and always good food :) Lovely looking muffins – like Miss Piggy, I've never thought about using thyme in a sweet dish!

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Miss Piggy March 21, 2011 at 04:24

I didn't know you could use thyme in desserts – sounds lovely, espeically on a wet day like today.

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marla March 20, 2011 at 23:01

Such a delightful flavor pairing. Love the simple gratitude you share with us in this post. Happy.

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Parsley Sage March 20, 2011 at 17:34

So incredibly yummy! I didn't even know you could use thyme in a dessert. Great news!

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Dorothy March 20, 2011 at 17:14

What a great reminder to live life with the spirit of gratitude. It changes your outlook on life, even when there are hard times all around.
These muffins look like pure, simple goodness!

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