February 11, 2012

What I Love About Valentine's Day: Chocolate Muffins with Red Wine

Let's talk about the Valentine's Day. There are people who genuinely hate this holiday, and everywhere they go they try to spread the very Grinchy attitude towards all the red heart-shaped pillows and pink ribboned socks. Year by year they try to remind the world how insincere, commercialized and consumer-oriented this day has become. How meaningless and phony the love sounds in the face of the isle of plastic hearts, and how true sentiments are irreversibly being transformed into artificial vows, printed in the mass-production postcards.

These haters try to open the eyes and make the world see that behind the blurred reality this day actually used to be something more than just a reminder to love or to say I love you. It used to be real. It used to grow out and with love, not for love. It used to have an unfeigned meaning to a loving person who does not hold the feelings in the heart-shaped chocolate box. Who simply loves everyday.


This is love, she thought, isn't it? When you notice someone's absence and hate that absence more than anything? More than you love his presence?
Jonathan Safran Foer

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But then there are other people, like me, who just don't care about the Valentine's Day. At least about the love part of it. Who are resistant to all these over exaggerated redly wrapped gifts, but not in a total despite or hatred. They even might buy couple of super cute things just because they look lovely and nice. They may watch a cheesy movie. Or two. Or remember the all-time-favorite one. About the love, of course. Or to be over sentimental and too tempted to have something made out of chocolate for dinner.

That's what I like about Valentine's Day: to be able to bake too many chocolate muffins, heart-shaped cookies and to eat too many chocolate candies. And that's way I don't hate this day - it gives a perfect reason to be a little bit more frivolous. Like with these Chocolate and Red Wine Muffins that happened to be very moist, slightly bitter and nicely sweet - more than just great chocolate and vine combination. Like I said, that's what I love about Valentine's Day!

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Chocolate Muffins with Red Wine

2 (240 g) cups whole wheat flour
1/3 (40 g) cup cocao powder
1/2 cup (110 g) brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 (236 ml) cup red wine
1/4 cup (30 ml) oil (neutral flavor, such as grapeseed oil)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C).
In a large bowl, mix the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In the another bowl, whisk the eggs. Pour the wine, oil and vanilla. Carefully pour the wet mixture into the dry one and stir until well incorporated.
Pour the batter into the muffin tins and bake for 20 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean.

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  1. There are fantastic! Thanks so much for the recipe!

    1. I'm glad you liked them ;) I loved them very much too!

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