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Saturday, 28 July 2012

Gold Medal Muffins with Elizabeth Shaw

Gold Medal Muffins
Hurrah for the Olympics!
The opening ceremony last night was outstanding and, today, I've had one eye of the telly for the road race, the swimming and the tennis.  I'm not a sports fan but somehow, this is different!

There was another celebration last week when I opened up a hamper sent to me my the lovely people at Elizabeth Shaw.  Oh my goodness so much chocolate!  As well as a couple of boxes of the well known Elizabeth Shaw, Dark Chocolate Mint Crisp, there are some new flavours to try and some different ways to enjoy Elizabeth Shaw chocolates.

Like this bar of Milk Chocolate Butterscotch Crisp.  It's a very mild chocolate at 31% Cocoa Solids, personally I prefer chocolate with higher cocoa solids, the butterscotch crisp has pleasant, if slightly burnt flavour, if you like a mild milk chocolate and cinder toffee, you will like this bar!

Despite my preferences, it didn't last long!


Also new in the Elizabeth Shaw range are a variety of 'Flutes', Orange, Amaretto, Latte and Mint.  These are ideal for nibbling and would make great stocking fillers or little hostess gifts.

Now a review is all very well, but if you are a regular reader you will know that I like to try to make something with the products I'm sent to review.

I looked at this selection of Elizabeth Shaw Butterscotch Crisp, Caramel Crisp, Cocoa Crunch and Honeycomb Crisp and thought 'Muffins'.  Finding a couple of blackening bananas in the fruit bowl and it was clear that some kind of banana and chocolate chip muffin was in order.

When I weighed out the chocolates, I thought how like medals they looked with their shiny foil covers and decided to make Gold Medal Muffins.

I found a recipe for Banana and Chocolate Chip Muffins at Muffin Heaven  I pretty much followed this recipe but, as I only had 2 bananas, I cooked up two eating apples and added those with the bananas.

I used a combination of the Elizabeth Shaw chocolates and chopped them to add to the mixture. I baked the muffins in gold muffin cases which I had picked up in a sale some time ago.


To decorate the Gold Medal Muffins, I made the little flags by scanning a Union Flag that came with Simply Homemade Magazine for the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.  Using Photoshop Elements I put the flags side by side and printed them out.  So basically, you cut out two flags side by side and then fold them round the cocktail stick using a little glue to hold them together. I love it when my crafting and baking hobbies come together.

The 'gold medal' is, of course, an Elizabeth Shaw Butterscotch Crisp. I printed out the Olympic rings and stuck that onto the 'medal', cut a ribbon and taped it to the back of the chocolate.

I melted half a dozen of the chocolates in a bowl over a pan of hot water and placed a spoonful on the top of the muffin, then stuck the 'gold medal' onto the chocolate, stuck the flag into the muffin behind the chocolate and you are done!

If you would like to win a hamper of Elizabeth Shaw chocolates then they are running a competition on their website:  Win Chocolates to Celebrate

I entering this into the Calendar Cakes challenge. As July's challenge is The Olympic Games.  Calendar Cakes is run by Laura Loves Cakes and Dolly Bakes

I'm also entering this for Sporting Snacks run by Ren at Fabulicious Food

 

 I can't wait for Team GB's first Gold Medal, good luck to all the competitors.

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11 Comments:

At 28 July 2012 at 20:21 , Blogger Cakeyboi said...

Bananas and chocolate - yummo! Glad you found a use for your ripe 'nanas :) And all that chocolate - oh my!!!

 
At 28 July 2012 at 21:39 , Blogger A Trifle Rushed said...

What a clever idea, so perfect for the Olympics, and the muffins sound very tasty too.

 
At 29 July 2012 at 08:06 , Anonymous Fiona Maclean said...

so have you left ANY gold medals for when teamGB wins one? or eaten them all already?

 
At 29 July 2012 at 09:17 , Anonymous Laura loves cakes said...

These are fab, the Elizabeth Shaw chocolates are perfect for gold medals!!! Let's hope Team GB win lots of these!! They look really tasty too. Thanks for entering Calendar Cakes :-)

 
At 29 July 2012 at 21:19 , Blogger Dom at Belleau Kitchen said...

gold medal muffins are genius!... and with that range of colours you could do silver and bronze... which we may need to do if Day 2 is anything to go by! xx

 
At 29 July 2012 at 21:49 , Blogger Janice said...

I'm aiming high, Dom! And actually, although it does look like one is silver in the photo, they are all shades of gold!

 
At 29 July 2012 at 23:23 , Anonymous Fuss Free Helen said...

Love the idea of the muffins.

I am getting my hamper of Elizabeth Shaw chocs next week

 
At 30 July 2012 at 13:18 , Anonymous Alvaro said...

They look delicious, banana and chocolate are a great combination :)

 
At 1 August 2012 at 21:57 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

What a GREAT way to use those chocolates, LOVE those wee GOLFD medal buns!

 
At 4 August 2012 at 07:40 , Blogger Chele said...

That is positively genius. Love it. Wish I had thought of it now lol

 
At 7 August 2012 at 09:13 , Blogger Fabulicious Food said...

I LOVE these Janice, inspired!!! The chocolate looks gorgeous and how clever of you to make Gold Medal Muffins - I'm quite sure these are what have spurred team GB on wo tin so many! Thanks for entering Sporting Snacks!

 

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