Hot chocolate muffins

The small one has met Santa on quite a few occasions. When he was two, he met him in an igloo type hut, set in the midst of a little courtyard surrounded by small shops selling beautiful christmas gifts.

When he was three, I brought him along with me on a press trip to Hamley’s toy store, where he enjoyed an early breakfast of muffins and hot chocolate with Santa.

When he was four, he took a mini-train journey through a snow-covered forest to Santa’s cabin, catching a glimpse of Rudolf’s red nose along the way.

When he was five, he gave it a miss completely. Suspicious now that this wasn’t the real santa we took him to visit. “How can he be here Mammy, when he’s busy getting our present’s ready in the North pole” – Mmmh my smart child.


…last weekend my six-year-old small one, took a short train journey through a river valley where snow fell as we entered into a magic land, where Mrs Clause greeted us and little helpers handed out reindeer food to the excited little children.

The small one sipped on a mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows and munched on muffins whilst waiting to meet the big man in red. He wasn’t disappointed.

On the way home I heard a little whisper from the back of the jeep… Mammy? I think that really was Santa. Bless.

Hot chocolate muffins

Makes 12 • Baking time: 15-20 minutes

255g self-raising flour (sieved)
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
150g butter melted and cooled
150g castor sugar
3 small eggs
100ml warm milk
50ml cream
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Mini marshmallows
3 Cadbury’s chocolate flakes

1. Preheat oven 200c/Gas mark 6/180c (fan).
2. Boil the milk and stir in the cocoa powder. Leave to cool.
3. Mix all the dry ingredients together and make a well in the centre of the bowl. Add the wet ingredients into it and stir until the mixture just comes together.
4. Crumble the Cadbury’s chocolate flakes and stir in most of it to the mixture along with the marshmallows.
5. Using an ice cream scoop divide the mixture into 12 muffin cases, decorate the tops with some marshmallows and the remaining flake. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
6. Leave to stand for 5 minutes then turn out onto a wire tray.

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