These gluten free vanilla muffins have a delicious sprinkling of dark chocolate and chopped hazelnuts. You know what? I love muffins. Actually, didn’t I start my last blog post saying I love meringue? Maybe. You know what though? I love lots of things. Mostly chocolate, sugar, butter, cheese, and well, yes, you get the picture.
In all honesty, there’s not a lot not to love about these gluten free vanilla muffins. They are quick and easy to make and the dark chocolate and hazelnut topping elevates them to the something special category.
I’ve made them gluten free because the store bought blend I use is brilliant (if you’re in Scandinavia, I can’t recommend Sempre’s Finmix highly enough).
I throw it in any cake and it performs as regular flour would. Gone are the days when gluten free cake was low grade quality and in some cases, downright disgusting.
The measurements below made 10 medium-sized muffins.
Gluten Free Vanilla Muffins with a Dark Chocolate and Hazelnut Topping
~ Pre-heat the oven to 200ºC (400ºF) and prepare a muffin tin. Melt the butter for the topping and set to one side for a while. Using a food processor for convenience, chop up the chocolate and hazelnuts until they are very fine. Add these to the melted butter along with the sugar. Stir to combine. Set to one side.
~ For the muffins: melt the butter and allow to cool. In the same food processor (give it a rinse round) add the butter and sugar and work for a minute or two. Add the egg, continue to work for a further minute and finally, add the milk and give it a quick whizz just to ensure everything is evenly combined.
~ Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and vanilla sugar and on the lowest speed, work until evenly combined. The batter starts off runny but as with most cakes including GF flours, it does thicken so don’t panic.
~ Pour into ten cupcake or muffin holes almost to the very top. Sprinkle over the topping and bake for around 15-17 minutes (depending on how large your muffin cases are). Remove from the oven, allow to cool for a while, then enjoy while still warm!