Apricot and Dark Chocolate FruChoc Muffins

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If, tragically, you don’t reside in the humble state of South Australia, you may never have had the joy of chomping your way through a bag of FruChocs. These little jewels are a delicious testimony to the good people of SA, and have hallmarked many a study session/lecture/movie/birthday/car drive/Wednesday night. They are simply a soft, sweet little morsel of dried apricot nestled in a blanket of smooth dark chocolate, and they definitely deserve a muffin recipe in their honour.

I went all mad scientist in my kitchen this week, and tried 3 different muffins bases to find the perfect one. The first recipe was far too dense, and I apologise to my very polite friends who made their way through that batch! The photographs below are actually from that first recipe, so don’t fear if yours look a little different. The second round of muffins was good, but a little lacking in substance. The third and winning recipe uses sour cream and vegetable oil. The batter is very thick, but the muffins are seriously crunchy on top while retaining a moist, crumbly texture inside. Packed with dried apricots and dark chocolate, you can give these seriously good-looking monsters a whirl even if FruChocs aren’t on your supermarket shelf! A word to the wise; try and find some high-sided muffin cases so that you can fill your tins to greater capacity. This will give your muffins that billowing, cafe-style quality 🙂

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Apricot and Dark Chocolate FruChoc Muffins

  • Servings: 12 large muffins
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Adapted from this basic Donna Hay muffin recipe.
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 450 g plain flour
  • 225 g caster sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 360 g sour cream
  • 120 mL vegetable/rice bran oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 150 g soft dried apricots (‘Mediterranean Apricots’)
  • 150 g dark chocolate
  • extra 250 g dark chocolate
  • 100 g FruChocs (or additional 100 g soft dried apricots), halved

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F fan-forced. Line a standard 12 piece muffin try with high sided muffin cases.
  2. Finely chop the apricots and the 200 g of dark chocolate.
  3. Sift the flour, sugar and baking powder into a medium mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sour cream, oil, eggs and vanilla until smooth. Use a rubber spatula to gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry, until just combined.
  4. Gently fold the apricots and chocolate into the batter. The batter should be thick and paste-like. Divide the batter evenly into the muffin cases, so that each case is about 2/3 full.
  5. Bake the muffins on the oven’s central rack for 25-30 minutes, until the tops are golden brown and a metal skewer comes out clean but moist. Leave to cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  6. While the muffins are baking, melt the additional 250 g of dark chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water, or in the microwave. Stir frequently and once just melted, set aside to cool slightly. Once the muffins have cooled for 10 minutes, top with a spoonful of warm melted chocolate, and a few chopped FruChocs or dried apricots!

Store the muffins at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 4 days, or freeze without the toppings for up to 1 month.

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