Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Mars Muffin Recipe - Candy Bar Muffins

What is a Mars Bar Muffin? They're commonplace in the U.K. as the Brits have some odd food fetish with Mars Bars. Almost any petrol station will be filled with Mars drinks, Mars muffins, Mars candy bars and countless other derivatives. The Mars phenomenon is something you quickly get addicted to, so the moment I landed in London this last time I made a direct exit from the plane door and into a confectionery store for my long missed Mars muffin. It's a chocolate, caramel, nuggety muffin made with all the flavors of the traditional Mars bar, and topped in milk chocolate. It's a win-win for anyone who has a fondness of either muffins, chocolate, or both together.

There's one tiny problem with baking Mars bars muffins while living in the United States: You can't actually buy Mars bars anymore here. Like Scottish haggis, apparently they've been banned. More importantly, even if you could, the once available American version of the famed candy bar was never ingredient wise, the same as the European version. So how do you make Mars Muffins? Option one involves a eight hour flight to Heathrow then back again, which of course I'd be more than happy to do except for the unfortunately large sum of money involved, or option two is to use Milky Way candy bars because it's as close as you're going to get. I've also made the same recipe with Snickers, and loved them! So until my work visa comes through, I shall share my lovely anglophile Mars muffin recipe so that you too can enjoy the joys and wonders of my favorite across the pond treat.


Mars Muffin Recipe:

Ingredients:
8 Fun Size Mars Bars (MilkyWay in the U.S.) 4.62oz
7 oz of dipping chocolate. (I used Baker's microwavable)
2½ cups of all-purpose Flour
1¼ teaspoon baking powder
2 cups sugar
¼ teaspoon of baking soda
¾ teaspoon of salt
1½ sticks softened butter
1 cup of non-fat buttermilk
2 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
non-fat cooking spray
1 cup of egg white substitute (or eggs)
1/2 cup of "Dutch" dark chocolate cocoa

Method:
1) Cut up the candy bars into chunks (about 1/8")
2) Mix with sugar, (sifted) flour, baking soda, powder, butter, vanilla, buttermilk, cocoa, eggs, and vanilla.
3) Mix with electric mixer well, then pour into cupcake pan sprayed with non-fat spray.
4) Bake for approx 25 minutes at 350F in preheated oven.
5) Allow to cool, then dip muffin-tops into melted chocolate