chocolate whole wheat muffins

these muffins are awesome. many thanks to a friend on welltellme.com who provided the initial recipe, which i then converted to a soaked whole wheat recipe. we tried several others before this and noone was impressed. i can barely keep these in the house. yum!

i haven't eaten a hostess cupcake in years (can't even remember the last time) and most of those things don't really taste good to me anymore, but when i ate one of these muffins, it triggered a memory of what i thought they used to taste like.

mix together:

1 3/4 cups fresh ground (hard red) whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups milk
2 T apple cider vinegar

soak for 7 hours (i've cheated a couple of times and only soaked for 5 with good results)

in another bowl, beat together:

2/3 cups brown sugar
2/3 cups white sugar
1 1/2 c. butter

add in order mixing after each addition:

2 eggs, one at a time, until well blended
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup (less 1 Tablespoon) cocoa powder

fold egg mixture into soaked flour mixture until well incorporated.
spoon batter into prepared muffin cups (buttered or papered) to 3/4 full.
bake at 350* for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

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