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Sunday, 22 March 2015

March Bake




This months bake are muffins.
I used to make these when the bigguns were little.  
When we moved to the cottage a lot of my books were boxed up and it is only recently that I unearthed them again.
With that in mind I decided my March bake should be one of their favourites 
Chocolate Hazelnut Muffins.
We are very fortunate here in Lincolnshire to have a number of working mills across the county.
The flour I use is from The Maud Foster Mill.
I made a batch of 12 and before I had a chance to take them out of the muffin tray onto the cooling rack D had snuffled one to have with his cup of tea. The hazelnut element of the recipe is a spoon of Nutella added to each muffin before being topped with the muffin mixture. Obviously during the cooking process the Nutella goes to goo, solidifying again whilst the muffins are left to cool.
 Before I could say anything D had  taken a bite only to find they were still gooy in the middle.
He then decided to leave it to cool down, whilst he went to refresh his cup someone decided to snuffle his muffin.
I say someone when in reality there is only one little sneak thief in our house.



Yes that would be Mr Romeo who apparently wasn't bothered that the Nuttella was still a bit gooy and scoffed the lot and on D's return was found to be sitting licking his lips with a look that said

YUM

They have now cooled completely and we have enjoyed another one with a cup of tea in the garden and I have to agree with him they are most definitely 

YUM



After the events of the eclipse on Friday when we had a very excited 11 year old in our house, who has done nothing but talk about the eclipse for the best part of the last year, the weather was a little less than favourable yesterday but it has been glorious sunshine this morning and the daffodils are out in the garden announcing the arrival of 

Spring 

Have a great week one and all.

Mx

17 comments:

  1. Awww Romeo! That gave me a laugh, who would of thought it when you look at that innocent little face? Those muffins look, and sound, delicious. I'd better not ask for the recipe otherwise my healthy eating will fly out of the window. Hope Number 3 managed to see the eclipse, I know it was very cloudy in some parts of the country. Daniel went in to uni and watched it through solar telescopes that they'd set up, he said he'd got a great view.

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    1. He looked like a kid that had been caught with his hand in the cookie jar very funny. Yes number 3 got to see the eclipse in all it's glory. The morning did start off a little cloudy and I did wonder whether it would be visible but by 9.30 the sky was clear and he and another class mate were allowed to go out into the playground with a TA to watch through their glasses whilst the other children got to watch it live on a big screen in the main hall. To say he was excited was an understatement and he has talked about nothing else since.

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  2. I'm sure that dog is innocent, you've only got to look at his face to see that!
    Too cloudy for the eclipse here so there were some very disappointed young lads x

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    1. Like I said to Jo above he just looked so funny with chocolate spread smeared all around his muzzle there was no getting away that he was guilty as charged. The other three are very good and never touch anything unless given to them but Mr Romeo doesn't think the same rule applies to him. It was a shame for so many who didn't get to see the eclipse. The morning did start off a little cloudy but did brighten up in time for number 3 to get a good view. He would of been beside himself if it had been cloudy he's talked of nothing else for the last year.

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  3. Dogs have that innocent look perfected for muffin-stealing moments! They sound delicious, I can't blame him! Was cloudy here for the eclipse but we still managed to see it which was very exciting X

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    1. He only needed one of those chalk boards with his name and a number underneath it he was definitely guilty as charged. The chocolate spread all around his muzzle slightly gave him away.
      We went up onto the rooftop garden at the hospital to watch it was very exciting.

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  4. Muffins with nutella - what great combination!! xx

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    1. They are rather scrumptious. I'm not sure whether you can read the recipe from the photo so will add to the bottom of the post for anyone who wants it. They are truly naughty but very nice especially if allowed to cool before you eat them.

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  5. Those muffins sound delicious and I have an unopened jar of nutella in the pantry (bought for the grandkids), so I may just find a plain muffin recipe and pop some in the middle. Thanks Mitzi for the idea and the funny story about them too. Seems like the eclipse was a big event over there from all the blog reads. Take care.

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    1. Hi Susan, not sure whether you can make out the recipe from the photo so I will add the recipe as a foot note for anyone who wants it.

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  6. They sound yummy! You had me at muffins and Nutella! Naughty Romeo :-) Apparently chocolate and raisins are both poisonous for dogs...I say apparently as my dog once stole and scoffed six homemade mince pies left in a handbag by someone's feet under the table and suffered no I'll effects! I love Romeo's innocent expression. Moi? X

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    1. He is rather partial to chocolate so we tend to keep it well out of his range I think it was a lapse on D's part when he left it on the coffee table how could a boy resist not snuffling it when his dad wasn;t looking. It was just so funny especially as we know the other three wouldn't dare touch anything not given to them. He's a little minx is Romeo. At Christmas he consumed half a bag of liquorice all sorts which didn't have any ill effects. He definitely has the 'who me' expression off to a T but on this occasion the chocolate covered snout gave him away.

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  7. Nutella is always on my shopping list. The muffins sound delicious and it's not surprising Romeo saw his chance to scoff one on the quiet. We were ready to watch the eclipse as our teacher daughter texted us to say she and her class were getting very excited, but where we were in Rome the clear skies and dazzling sun meant that the sky didn't darken and so on as we thought it would.

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    1. Myself and my colleagues went up to the hospital roof garden to watch. It was very bright (didn't go particularly dark) but we did get to see it quite clearly. Number 3 was very excited about it all and has since told me there is to be a lunar eclipse in September and he is now busy planning for that one.

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    1. They have been very nice as a treat after tea sometimes with custard. Now you know why I don't make them too often the waste line can't take it these days.

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