Everybody deserves chocolateJanuary 16, 2010
I just realized that the virtual oven has been quiet this week, as the real oven has been in overdrive. Lots of baking has been going on, and most of it wasn’t quick bread or muffin related, so will have to wait for another month. In the midst of it all, however, I took an evening to make three dozen Chocolate Breakfast Muffins from one of my favorite recipe sources, mail order catalogs, and retail stores – King Arthur Flour. These muffins are incredible. Little handfuls of amazingly chocolately goodness, so compelling that you want to open up the oven and lick the piping-hot batter while they bake, because you can’t possibly wait another minute to taste them. Seriously, they’re THAT good.
What was the occasion? Good question. In November I added myself to a distribution list of bakers at my workplace. The company sponsors and serves dinner twice a month at a local homeless shelter. They’ve got the menu down pat, and have a dedicated group of volunteers who do the shopping, cooking, and serving. The baking list was created to provide desserts for this meal. Not every baker contributes every month, but with the enormous list we’ve got, we’re guaranteed to always have enough after-dinner treats for the 150 or so people served. We can bring whatever we want – it’s a wide assortment from cookies to cakes to brownies to fresh fruit, and a mix of homemade and store-bought. My personal goal is to always try to make something comforting. Not so much with the experimental flavors, trendy ingredients, or designer desserts. Also, I try to make my contribution at least as good, if not better than I would want to share with family and friends. I guess I feel that if you’re down on your luck, isn’t that when you’d most appreciate a little bit of baked chocolate love in the palm of your hand, something that says ‘home’?