She is undoubtably the current Queen of baking on TV in the UK as she hosts the hugely popular Great British Bake Off.
But Mary Berry has been a firm favourite in this household for at least 18 years since I bought a cookbook called Mary Berry’s Ultimate Cake Book back in 1994.
Some of the pages are stuck together with stray raisins and the book naturally falls open on our most favourite recipes.
One of which are these. Mary Berry’s Chocolate Chip Muffins. Eat them warm from the oven and oh my goodness . . . HOWEVER, if you do eat them warm from the oven be warned they will stick to the cases!
250g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
50g soft margarine or butter
75g caster sugar
175g plain or milk chocolate chips
2 medium eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C/Gas 6. lightly grease 12 deep muffin tins or put paper cake cases in the tins if preferred.
2. Mix the flour and baking powder in a large bowl and then add the margarine in chunks, rubbing it into the flour using your fingertips until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
3. Stir in the sugar and the chocolate chips.
If you don’t have chocolate chips (as I didn’t) you can use good quality cooking chocolate and chop into ‘chips’. I use Green & Blacks because I’m posh. Ahem.
And if you worry about your chips sinking to the bottom, keep half of them out of the mixture, and once they’re in the paper cases, sprinkle the rest on top.
4. In another bowl, mix together the eggs, vanilla essence and milk, then pour into the dry mixture and combine. DO NOT overmix. The mixture should have a lumpy consistency and be slightly runny.
5. Spoon it into evenly between the prepared tins or the paper cases.
6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until well risen and firm to the touch.
Leave them to cool for a few minutes in the tray, then lift out and cool for a little longer on a wire rack.
7. Try to make them last more than 10 minutes.
And if you want to try another similar recipe to this, I can recommend Mary’s fellow judge on the Great British Bake Off’s version: Paul Hollywood’s Chocolate Chip Muffins. There’s a cheeky little surprise in the centre of each one!
Or how about lemon cupcakes with a lemon curd core?