December 010 Edited Monday Muffins: Orange Chocolate

Just as I (and likely the majority of you) go pumpkin-crazy in October, my tastes shift towards mint when the holiday season rolls around. Despite the traditional candy canes and peppermint stick ice cream I enjoy, an orange-chocolate craving always hangs around during mint season. I am sure this is a carry over from the first slice of a Terry’s Chocolate Orange I ate many years ago.

December 007 Edited Monday Muffins: Orange Chocolate

The flavor in that candy is primarily chocolate with a taste of orange. These muffins do a reverse take by adding a sprinkling of chocolate chips to an orange muffin. The crumb is fairly light and cake-like with a subtle orange flavor. It works well with the chocolate, but honestly, I rate these muffins just okay. I wanted a pronounced orange flavor the muffins simply did not impart on their own. I added the glaze simply to get some more orange flavor, not necessarily to add sweetness.

December 018 Edited Monday Muffins: Orange Chocolate

Despite this slight disappointment, the orange chocolate muffins make for a nice change to the standard blueberry, banana nut and cinnamon streusel rotation. They add a bit of lightness to an otherwise cold and dreary winter day. And I suspect we all could use a bit of light right now. Peace.

 
Ingredients
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1⅔ cups milk
  • ⅓ cup oil
  • 1 large orange, juiced and zested
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • Optional Glaze
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the milk, oil, orange zest, orange juice and vanilla.
  3. Pour half of the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir until just combined, then repeat with the remaining dry ingredients.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips.*
  5. Pour the batter into the paper-lined wells of a muffin tin.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes until lightly golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  7. When the muffins are cool, dip their tops in a glaze if desired. To make the glaze, simply stir together one cup of confectioners' sugar and two tablespoons of orange juice. Adjust the ingredients as needed to create a thicker or thinner consistency.
Notes
*The regular sized chocolate chips I used sunk to the bottom of this fairly thin batter. To alleviate most of this issue, I suggest tossing the chocolate chips in flour before adding them to the batter or using mini chocolate chips.
 

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