Saturday, January 27, 2007

Chocolate Bouchons

While they don't have the traditional "cork" shape, these muffins do share the dense, intensely chocolaty taste of Chocolate Bouchons. Traditionally made in small, deep timbale molds, this recipe produces dense little chocolate cakes, studded with chocolate chips. A long time family favorite, I make these indulgences in mini-muffin pans with mini chips. Even just one (two bites) is highly satisfying.

The recipe comes from one of my favorite cookbooks, Paris Boulangerie Patisserie: Recipes from Thirteen Outstanding French Bakeries. I used Scharffen Berger cocoa powder with rich results.

Chocolate Bouchons:

4 eggs
3/4 cup + 2 tbsp sugar
3/4 cup + 1 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup + 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa, sifted
1-1/2 cups flour
2/3 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 375 and grease a mini muffin pan.

Whisk together the egg and sugar until well blended. Whisk in the softened butter and cocoa until blended (the recipe says until smooth, but when I make these there's always little lumps of butter, which has never been a problem in the final result). Stir in the flour until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips. Spoon into the mini muffin pans and bake for about 10 minutes (full-sized muffins take about 15-18 minutes), until a toothpick in the center comes clean. Cool in the pan for a few minutes then place on a wire rack to cool.


Blogger Orawin said...

That looks good.

6:52 PM  
Blogger Anna Haight said...

These look fantastic!

6:30 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

is that last bite for me?


7:11 AM  
Blogger Lydia said...

Okay, everyone is baking bouchons this month! I've been able to resist...but your photo of the moist and luscious-looking inside of your bouchon has put me over the edge. I'm off to the market for those little chocolate chips right now!

9:35 AM  
Anonymous gilly said...

Oh, I absolutely adore miniature treats! These bouchons look very cute... and chocolate-y to boot!

9:53 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

Fabulous! And only 2 bites each? I can do that.

8:20 PM  

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