Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Potato Choco Chips Muffins

Inspirations come and go, but food is forever. Life without inspiration is like cappucino with no coffee, or lemon tea with no lemon, or chocolates without cocoa? W....whatt??? I guess composing profound philosophical quotes is just so not my thing.

What I was trying to say is...sometimes inspirations come from funny sources. Or at least, mine does.

There was an argument in the office...

At work, what would make us feel tinier than small potatoes?
- Job title? "Mochachocolatarita - Dung Sweeper" (Hey! That actually sounds kinda cool!)
- Salary? When it is simply not enough ( cover essential expenses, don't even think about that piece of foie gras)
- Importance? (we need everybody's opinion on this project. Oh, except you. Remove all the staples from this mountain of documents, make 100000 copies and staple them back, please)
- Workstation? (a spacious corner office with a window, or that square meter spot between the copier and the shredder?)
- The way the tea lady treats you? (instead of calling you "Sir/Mam", washing your cup and serving you tea, she calls you "junior" and asks you to do the cups for her)
- How the upper management remembers your name? (oh yeah, they don't)

Oh my! Sucks, doesn't it? What a depressing discussion!
But the good news got me thinking of a single, leftover small potato left in my spice bin at home. It's too small for a dish, but it's just perfect for baking some breakfast muffins.

Potato Choco Chips Muffins

(yields 6 muffins)
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/3 cup caster sugar (you can add more if you like it sweeter)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 small potato, peeled, diced into about 1x1x1 cm pieces, microwave on high for 5 minutes, mashed, let cool
- 2 eggs (you can reduce to just 1 egg to make it taste less eggy)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup milk (or 2/3 cup yoghurt)
- 1 tsp coconut essence (or vanilla essence)
- semisweet chocolate chips (I like lots of it, i.e. at least 10 chips in each muffin HAHA! You can reduce to just around 5-6 chips each)

Preheat oven to 180C (350F), in a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, sugar, and salt. In another bowl, beat eggs, add milk, oil, coconut essence and mix. Pour egg mixture to flour mixture, mix until just combined. Add mashed potato, mix well. You can add the chocolate chips now, but I like adding mine into individual cups after pouring the batter so that each muffin gets equal amount of chips. Pour 2 tbsp batter into each muffin mold lined with paper cup, add choco chips, pour the remaining batter and bake for 15-20 minutes of until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

The muffins taste absolutely divine. Potatoey, slightly eggy, creamy and chocolatey.

This post is dedicated to small potatoes everywhere. Cheers!
Huge goodnesses can come from a small potato.


diva@SugarBar said...

potatoes in a muffin? that's pretty exciting stuff. i like it - creative :) and it must have a lovely potato texture too.

cool foodblog! x

Lidia Sianturi said...

itu kranjang dolanan yo Rit?
jajal gawe kue lumpur kentang Rit..enak loh...

Little Corner of Mine said...

Yeah, great use of the small potato!

jesse said...

Hahaha, awww, they're so cute! Mauuuu!

Fitri said...

cute muffin ;-))

halaah.. itu obrolan lucu pisan

Rurie said...

Iki to hasil kentangmu....enak Rit :)

Heather said...

ohhh. i love potato bread, and chocolate. i'll bet the flavors in these are amazing!

Kevin said...

Chocolate chip muffins are good and I like the sound of using potatoes. They would help keep them moist and add a nice texture.

noobcook said...

I didn't know can use potatoes in muffins, what a good idea :p

_ts of [eatingclub] vancouver said...

Awwwww. Small potatoes are the best, then! =D

Jamie said...

These muffins are so adorable and look and sound so delicious! I just made brownies with potatoes and the potatoes made them so moist and light at the same time. I loved them.

FFichiban said...

Mmmm I really must try these potato muffins/brownies, and those hard boiled egg ones too

but yours look so yum I must try these first mmm

Manyaro said...

h...choco chips...I copied most of your muffins recipe (only 2 so far:) but this time, I guess I'll pass...not a big fan of chocolate!