Several years ago, I mentioned to my sister Janet that I wanted a mini muffin pan, because I could cook muffins for our mother Jean that she could handle with a fork & her Parkinson’s. I would no longer have to slice a muffin beyond recognition.
I am convinced that a major part of the joy of eating really lovely things is visual. Presentation in food preparation, as in anything, is essential.
Not long after that, Janet & her husband David’s brother in law Dave died. Dave was preceded in death by David’s sister Linda & their only child, Katie. Janet found a mini muffin pan at the estate sale & bought it for me.
Since then, I have struggled with this kitchen implement. I wanted to be able to take my favorite muffin recipes & make mini muffins. I googled, I researched, I looked in vain for a formula to convert 12 muffins to 24 mini muffins.
I even bought mini muffin liners. Adorable liners. Every recipe I tried was a disaster.
The results were always the same. Never 24 yummy, moist, mini muffins, just 24 inedible rocks.
Then last week, as I was getting Jean positioned for lunch, Daphne Oz of ABC’s The Chew was preparing a recipe for Sweet Potato Brownie Bites without all the calories.
Right up my alley. So I pulled out the mini muffin tin that belonged to Linda & tried Daphne's recipe.
And my friends, although I made two small changes to the recipe, using dark chocolate chips instead of mini milk chocolate chips & substituting dark cocoa powder for cocoa powder, the results were amazing.
Moist dark brownie bites that melt in your mouth.
I did not douse my Brownie Bites with confectioner’s sugar but I may do that for Jean’s dessert bites today.
So, look out culinary world. Now that I have conquered using a mini muffin tin, I have no limits. No boundaries. Be prepared.
To all brownie fans, mini muffin tin fans & brownie bite fans, here is the link to this yummy recipe without all the calories: