The perfect chocolate chip muffins

This recipe was originally from the Channel 4 site and I was going to post a link to it but the recipe is no longer there.

So, for the benefit of all mankind, I am reproducing it here.  I have made 3 batches of these and they’ve all turned out really well.  I think this is the perfect chocolate chip muffin recipe.


  • 250g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 75g plain chocolate chips
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250ml milk
  • 90ml vegetable oil


  1. Preheat oven to 190 deg C, fan oven 170 deg C, Gas Mark 5.  Grease 10 holes of a non-stick muffin pan, or line with 10 paper muffin cases.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cocoa powder and salt into a large bowl.  Stir in the sugar and chocolate chips.
  3. Beat together the egg, vanilla extra and milk.  Add the oil, stirring to mix.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, stirring until just combined.  Do not beat or over-mix – the batter will still be a little bit lumpy.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the muffin pan and bake for 20-25 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy!! 🙂