Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Better for You Chocolate-Buttermilk Muffins

All of your virtual well-wishing has brought about a shaky, cheerful recovery. I wish I could return the favor when you are feeling ill. I'd tuck you in and spoon feed you some homemade chicken noodle soup, the equivalent of what your kind comments have done for me. I feel physically better, but mostly overwhelmingly grateful for your readership. I can only promise to endeavor to deserve it in the coming year.
It's a brand new year. It comes shiny and packaged, like a Christmas present, leaving me wondering what kind of surprises lay ahead. I know that I want what I had last year, only more so. I want family dinners, with casual conversation and funny anecdotes. I want lazy Sunday breakfasts in pajamas. I want late night snacks and movies, moshed together on the couch, under a comfy quilt. I'd like Birthday cakes and everyday cakes, both with candles and wishes. I want comfort food when my family needs band aids and respites from the inevitable bumps in the road. And celebratory meals with friends crowded around makeshift tables and big laughs from little children. I want contentment, with a scoop of ice cream on the side and a cherry on top.
So here's what I resolve to do this year:
Stay healthy. No diets, just healthful foods (and treats, too) and lots of running (half-marathon or full?) and fun family exercising like tennis, ice skating, swimming, bike-riding, and hide and go seek. Maybe I should sign up for fencing with West.
Stay happy. Take a good long look at my charges when they are sleeping, every night. Listen to their stories, even if its the 179th time that West wants to tell me about a scene from Star Wars. Never skip dessert, unless it is Fruitcake. Play Trivial Pusuit with my parents, who incidentally clean my clock everytime. Take the charges to New York to see their Oma and Opa, on their turf. Tell my nieces and nephews why I love them. And I really do adore each and every one of them. Write secret notes to the Quiet Man, especially during church, since it reminds me of when we were dating and why I knew I'd be no good without him. Keep blogging and strive to be worth of my readers.
Stay sane. I need a little help with this one, since I'm starting with a deficit. Ask for help when I can't do everything. Refuse late papers from students, unless they have a really, really, really good excuse. Telephone my sisters, since they are my free psychologists. Go through the drive thru at Del Taco when dinner seems impossible. They actually have pretty good cheese quesadillas, don't they? Don't let myself get so busy that I don't have time to be spontaneously kind. Laugh in the face at perfection, and embrace imperfection.
And now, to share with my dear readers, the first recipe of 2010. Here's a scrumptious, yet better for you Chocolate Buttermilk Muffin, partially in celebration of the second year anniversary of my online Baking Club "Tuesdays with Dorie," and partly in celebration of a new year. May it bring you much peace, happiness, sanity, and chocolate. Hopefully all together.
Better for You Chocolate Buttermilk Muffins
Notes: These are fantastic warm and fresh from the oven. They are every bit as yummy as a full fat cupcake.
Estimated Cost:$1.50 for six
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg white
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup additional chocolate chips, optional
powdered sugar, optional
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium microwaveable bowl, melt chips and butter. Stir until smooth. Add buttermilk and stir well. Add sugar, egg white, and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine flours, soda, and salt. Add to chocolate mixture and stir VERY GENTLY, until just combined. Fold in additional chips, if using. Line a muffin pan with six muffin liners and divide batter between cups. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until puffed and firm to the touch. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired and serve warm.
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The Japanese Redneck said...

I'm glad you are feeling somewhat better.

Your muffins look great!

slush said...

Love your resolutions! May you keep each and every one. And the muffins look fantastic, wish I had one right now. Thanks for baking along with me all this time. Much love. xo

Seth and Julie said...

Glad to see you up and about!

Why do I always read your posts and then sit here wishing that we were neighbors. I could come over and eat your goodies, and play Trivial Pursuit (and you would totally clean my clock, I always lose TP), and now that I know you have a Del Taco, we could make a late night quesadilla run. Although, I also love the Del Classic Chicken burrito that oozes mayo all over my arms. Mmmmm!

Susan said...

What a warm and wonderful post. I will be sure to stop by more often. As for the marathon/half marathon question...challenge yourself to the full, but know a half is still a lot of training and commitment. I have done both. Now I just do half marathons.

Prudy said...

Susan, Same here. I've done both, so now I know how much a full really is and stick with halves. Thanks for the words of encouragement!

Katrina said...

I just made some chocolaty/banana muffins last week. They were really good. I love better-for-you foods! ;)
Glad you're feeling better.

Having a giveaway on my blog today.

gigi said...

These sound very light and moist and yummy. I will be using this recipe soon.

Keep feeling better :)

Patsyk said...

What a wonderful post! and, those muffins, well, anything with chocolate makes me want some - healthy or not!

dining room table said...

Stay happy for the rest of the year. the happiest persons are the richest!

Your muffins look great! They may be way to ugly for a cupcake but they are definitely more delicious.

Catherine said...

I'm so glad you're feeling better. I loved reading your new year resolutions. I wish I could play TP with you and Mom and Dad and make late night quesadilla runs. Sounds like fun. The muffins looks delicious and I can't wait for your favorite soups in the crock pot.

Katie and Mark said...

LOVE your resolutions! They are just as inspiring as your delicious recipes!

Chef Aimee said...

I am definitely going to give this a go - I so need to get on a healthier regime! These look delicious!

Blonde Dynamite said...

Chocolate Muffins! Must be capitalized since I can feel virtuous as my family stuffs these in their mouths with reckless abandon! Thank you Prudy, and I am glad to find you up and about! Don't forget the "buggy yogurt"!

Lucky said...

Those muffins look great!

I'm glad you're feeling better and Happy New Year!