Tuesday Treats – Chocolate Orange Muffins

Since so many of you asked for it, here is the recipe for the Chocolate Orange Muffins from the previous post.

As I mentioned in the previous post, I love the combination of chocolate and orange, and am forever looking to bake both into a cake(or muffins). I go around browsing for interesting recipes and reach all sorts of pages, and sometimes the recipes are absolutely wonderful. So when I came across this, I was delighted! I used the base recipe, and made a few modifications based on the comments at the recipe, and we loved the end result.

Chocolate Orange Muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ounce chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons margarine, softened
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • zest of 2 oranges
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup fat free yogurt
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a 12 cup muffin pan, or line with paper liners(I use paper liners – the ready made ones we get at supermarkets).
  2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, chocolate chips, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, cream together margarine and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time then stir in the orange zest, orange juice, and yogurt. Pour into the flour mixture, and mix just until evenly moist. Spoon batter into muffin cups.
  4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Let muffins cool in the pan on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes before removing from the pan.

I used the zest of 2 oranges because some of the comments said that the orange flavour was not strong with the amount mentioned in the original recipe. I had two oranges, so decided to use both. So you could probably vary the amount based on how strong an ‘orange’ flavour you want. I used yogurt instead of buttermilk, because I did not have any at home. And chocolate chips, because I was too lazy to grate chocolates as the original recipe demands.

Fresh from the oven

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Do let me know if you guys do try it at home. I want to try replacing all-purpose flour with wholemeal next, and then the margarine with oil.