Lots to share with you starting with my latest book offer which is now at £2.99 for the next 18 hours before another £1.00 is added. So go and grab a bargain whilst you can. Personally, I have ordered a copy of the paperback as I really want to have a real copy of the book to show to people when I am talking about what I have done to date.  I still need to buy the paperbacks of the last three books i.e., Summer Picnics, Halloween Recipes and Christmas Recipes too. Bit behind with that at the moment.

Also, I have added the video of my Marzipan and Sweet Mincemeat Muffins recipe to my Youtube channel. I have tried to be a bit more adventurous with the style in this video, weighed out the ingredients before hand, altered the lighting, edited it a bit more and I was quite happy with the results. I still need to invest in the fancy lighting but I am quite pleased with my husband’s musical abilities so far. He may run out of tunes before I run out of videos though.

I am having a “thinking day” today, trying to work out what to change on my webshop, what to add and where I want to take the webshop idea. Lots of planning and not much sleep was had last night so I am starting to flag a bit now but I am going to have another cup of coffee to keep me awake and crack on. Trying to hit the nail on the head and get this business heading in the right direction is such hard work and I am thinking I need to head to a business adviser and seek other people’s help as I am feeling a bit swamped with everything.

A bit of research is needed as there must be help out there somewhere for me but as of yet I haven’t found it. The questions I am asking myself are:

  • what do people want to be delivered online.
  • what can I do that others haven’t
  • how do I market to the local community that I am a homebaker who can offer collection/local delivery
  • would I be better off finding a job to use my skills

This sounds so depressing but I am not feeling down in the dumps just struggling for which direction to push/steer my business. What suits me and my family and how can I do it – that’s what I need to know. Anyway, enough about the deep thinking back to the baking and recipe writing.

Today, I am sharing my Double Chocolate Chip Muffins recipe which my daughter made yesterday for breakfast (it was the weekend). This recipe is based on my standard muffin recipe but I changed it a bit.

[lt_recipe name=”Double Chocolate Chip Muffins” servings=”12″ prep_time=”10M” cook_time=”20M” total_time=”30M” difficulty=”Easy” print=”yes”summary= “Nutritionally, one muffin contains 220 calories, 8.5g total fat (11% daily total fat), 32.8g total carbohydrate (12% daily total carbohydrate), 2.3g fibre (8% daily fibre) (based on a 2000 calorie diet). image=”https://www.love-to-bake.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/doubchocchipmuffins.jpg” ingredients=”9oz self raising flour;1tsp baking powder;2oz cocoa;2oz soft margarine;3oz caster sugar;4oz chocolate chips;2 eggs;8floz milk;” ]Preheat the oven to Gas 6.;Prepare 2 x 6 holed muffin trays.;In a mixing bowl, weigh out the ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon quite roughly. (it doesn’t matter if there are still lumps of margarine or flour).;Scoop into the tins.;Bake for 20 minutes till well risen and firm to the touch.;Allow to cool before removing from the tins.; [/lt_recipe]

This muffin recipe is so versatile that I have made Berry Muffins, Cherry & White Chocolate Muffins, Nutella Muffins and so on. The sugar content is not too high and you could reduce it further by using banana in the recipe or just adding an ounce less in the original recipe.

As can be seen the calories are quite high per muffin but they are Double Chocolate Muffins and there is some fibre in the muffins too. The sugar and carbohydrate content are not too bad but there are chocolate chips as well as sugar in the recipe. The fat content is slightly high but the soft margarine and chocolate both contain fat. Unless the chocolate chips are removed to reduce these levels I am sure you could live with eating one of these muffins and not do yourself much harm. If you have the willpower to eat just one!!