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Kallari Chocolate & Red Currant Muffins

I love, love, love dark chocolate! A few months ago I received three bars of Kallari chocolate as a "try us out" and really liked these smooth, rich, and slightly bitter bars. I ate one of the bars as is, but decided to use another one in baking. I made Kallari Chocolate & Red Currant Muffins last month for brunch with my friends and they were quite a hit! Now I finally get to share the recipe with you.

"Kallari is committed to community viability and economic growth, through knowledge sharing, the preservation of Kichwa cultural traditions and natural resource conservation.

Kallari (Kahl-ya-di) is the Kichwa verb that means "to begin" or "to commence". Kallari also refers to the beginning times, or how our ancestors used to live. Our effort is a new beginning to empower future generations, meanwhile remembering the traditions of our Nation."

Kallari Chocolate & Red Currant Muffins
Makes 12
Slightly adapted from Nick Malgieri's Bake! 

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled 
1 large egg
1 cup milk
2.46 ounce bar Kallari chocolate, roughly chopped {I used 75% cacao}
1/2 cup red currants
sugar in the raw for sprinkling

1. Set a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 375F.
2. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
3. In a different mixing bowl whisk the butter, egg and milk.
4. In several batches, incorporate the dry mixture into the wet mixture and then carefully fold in chocolate and red currants.

5. Divide the batter into a 12-muffin lined pan and sprinkle with sugar in the raw. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the muffin comes out dry.

Aren't these gorgeous? I loved the combination of sugary top with the slightly bitter chocolate and tart red currants. These also freeze great.

What's your favorite chocolate? Milk? Semisweet? Dark?


discojing said...

Dark of course! All others are too sweet for me

Megan said...

Definitely dark! I always see red currants at the farmers' market and always want to buy them, but I never know what to do with them. Now I do. These muffins look awesome!

Olga @ MangoTomato said...

you can make a quick 5 minute jam from currants (I have one for black ones on the blog, but any color would work).

Megan said...

I'd rather have muffins than jam! :)