Muffins with Chocolate and Marzipan

by Daniela

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Last week I visited my grandmother and I made these muffins for her and for my uncle. Because of my travels I haven’t baked or cooked anything for a long time (I don’t count the “strange” salads and soups which I used to make for myself during the long stays abroad).
I wanted the muffins to have a stuffing and at the same time to have some interesting taste – not just like a regular cake. It wasn’t difficult to find the perfect combination for the occasion.
100g milk chocolate
100g marzipan
2 eggs
60g soft unsalted butter
100g white sugar
200g plain yogurt
½ teaspoon baking soda
2 spoons lemon cornstarch
1 lemon – grated rind
¾ cups flour
2 spoons ground almonds
2 spoons brown sugar
50g sliced almonds
Orange flavor

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Whisk the butter with the white sugar. Add the eggs, the orange flavor, the lemon rind and the yogurt, mixed with the baking soda (it will start growing).
Separately combine the flour with the cornstarch and the ground almonds and then add them to the rest of the ingredients. Beat until combined.
Preheat the oven to 180º.
Line a muffin tin with paper cases. Use a spoon or an ice-cream spoon to divide the dough into the cases, Fill each case about ⅓ full and then insert in the middle 1 piece of chocolate and 1 piece of marzipan. Cover the stuffing with dough, filling about ¾ of the cup.
Sprinkle tops with the sliced almonds and brown sugar.
Bake until a toothpick inserted in the centers comes out clean, about 20 minutes.
Let them cool on a rack.

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