Monday, 5 March 2012

Lemon, White Chocolate & Black Pepper Muffins

I made these to take to Homemade by You, a bake club set-up by the lovely Fleur of Homemade by Fleur.

I've previously mentioned the heartbreak at Kchocolat going bust. Their Lemon, White Chocolate and Black Pepper bars were delicious and this flavour combination has stuck with me. Ive translated this combination into muffins. Soft lemony sponge, sweet white chocolate and the gentle heat of black pepper.
200gr golden caster sugar
340gr self raising flour
Grated zest and juice of two large unwaxed lemons
2 medium eggs
250ml milk
80ml light olive oil
100gr white chocolate chips
1/2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper

1, Preheat oven to 200o/c and line 12 muffin holes with paper cases
2, Sift the flour into a large bowl. Scoop out a heaped teaspoon of the flour and set aside. Whisk through the sugar to keep it light and airy.
3, In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, zest and juice, milk and olive oil together.
4, Make a well and pour this onto your flour and sugar. Stir gently until just combined.
5, Toss the chocolate chips in the flour you reserved earlier, shake off the excess and fold through your batter with the black pepper. You'll have quite a runny batter at this point.
6, Pour into your lined muffin cases and bake for 25 minutes until risen and golden, and an inserted skewer comes out clean.

I finished them off with a simple glaze made with icing sugar and lemon juice


  1. This is a lovely idea. Great combination of flavours.

    1. Thanks Phil, some people are scared off by it but it works just as well as salt on caramel and chilli on chocolate.

  2. I can vouch for the fact that these taste amazing! The flavours go so well and just when you think you can't taste the pepper, there it is as a gentle warming heat in your mouth. Amazing!

    1. Thanks Fleur, Jim demolished the slice of your banana and honeycomb loaf that I took back with me!

  3. Hannah these sound deliciuos, I love trying new combinations. And it's great to get Fleur's recommendation.

    1. Thank you! Its one of my favourite combinations - bar salted caramel!

  4. These muffins sound delicious - such an intriguing flavour combination! I can never resist white chocolate so I know these would be a winner.

    1. Thank you Lucy, the white chocolate does melt a little in the muffins so any future batches will have more chocolate on top!

  5. Oh the flavours here sound fantastic Hannah and what a good idea to use them in cakes. Feeling quite envious of your bake club.