I absolutely love autumn but there is one downside for students - beside the fact our endless, endless ENDLESS summer is over. Home cooking is a thing of the past. As you know, I believe you can easily recreate your home's signature dish with a little perseverence and a starter herb collection, but it's the little (unnecessary) things that really make you feel at home.
My little thing is muffins. Totally unnecessary and you can grab a pack at Tesco, but filling you grimy little student kitchen with the smell of their baking deliciousness makes you really think you could find a home there. Amongst the mould.
For Student Friendly Chocolate Chip Muffins:
300g self raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
50g cold unsalted butter
80g caster sugar
200g milk chocolate
2 eggs 225ml milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
To begin with, preheat the oven to 200c
Put the flour and baking powder into a bowl.
Rub the butter and flour together to make a fine crumble.
Stir in the sugar.
In a separate bowl, beat the eggs together along with the milk and the vanilla essence.
Chop up your chocolate into chunks. I used a freebie I got at freshers fair - result. But if you can't bag a free one use a cheap bar.
Chuck in with the flour.
Combine the mixtures together. Mix. Mix like crazy. Attack the thing with a spoon!
Cupcake cases: ready.
Dollop a couple of teaspoons into each case and whack into the oven.
Have some alone time with the bowl...
Bake for 15-20 minutes and cool for a further 10.
Sniff, share and snaffle a few away for your own private stock.
Make at least 3 times a week. Compulsory.