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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Lily Bakes #1 - Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins [Recipe]

Hi everyone, I FINALLY going to post my first post of the series (about time, right?) after MONTHS of postponing it!!

With the fall weather /*Wrote this back in October*/ now, it's just the perfect time to get baking since in the summer it gets too hot to even turn on the oven. So all in all, it works out for the best, no? *finding any excuses available to veil how beyond failure my "Summer Bakes Project" is*

To kick off this series, I present you...

Yes, it does taste as good as it sounds.

This was the first recipe I tried, because I think it was perfect as a start since it was summer (in my head: Summer = Citrus) and I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the combination of orange and dark chocolate since the first time I tried chocolate dipped orange rinds. They are just meant to be together for ever and ever.

Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins

Yields: 12

1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 tsp orange zest
1 cup of chocolate chips

1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 brown sugar //brown sugar is hard to find here, so I used palm sugar and play with the ratio a bit by adding more granulated sugar and decrease the amount of the palm sugar
1/4 cup of granulated sugar
1/4 cup of unsalted butter, cold and cut into small cubes

1)Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, line a muffin tin with liners and set aside.
2) In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, vanilla, baking powder and salt, set aside.
3) In another small bowl, toss the chocolate chips with 1/4 of the dry mixture and set aside.
4) In a large bowl, combine together the oil and sugar, add the eggs, and orange zest.
5) Add the milk and make sure it’s combined (don’t be scared if the batter splits at this point)
6) Add the dry ingredients and mix to incorporate and get a creamy mixture but don’t over mix.
7) Add the chocolate chip mixture and just fold them in for a quick minute.
8) Divide your batter evenly among the muffin liners and set aside.
9) In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients for the topping and either using a fork or your fingers, mix everything together breaking up the butter into small itty bitty pieces.
10) Scatter the topping evenly on top of the batter, pop them in the oven to bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until cooked all the way through. Insert a toothpick in the center, if it comes out clean without any wet batter on it, the muffins are done!
11) Let them cool for a bit before serving.
Source and Recipe by: Laura in the Kitchen

This particular recipe has toppings on top of the muffins that makes them extra special because of the crunch on top. It is optional, but I recommend you guys to try it!

The muffin itself is moist (mine a little bit dry because I over baked them a bit) and you can definitely taste the sweetness and "tanginess" of the orange. The chocolate chips measurement in the recipe is very generous, which some people would actually like, but I prefer it to be less than that, so suit yourself :) Modify it to your liking okay!

Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins 3


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