Friday, November 7, 2014

Jaffa Cake Muffins

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I have never liked the combination of orange and chocolate. But when I saw this muffin recipe, I was intrigued by the unusual method of preparation, and the rave reviews that I read. And I just had to make them!
And hey - they're really good! The thing I liked the most is the fresh orange hit that you get from this muffin. I HATE fake orange flavoured stuff. Orange candy. Orange soda snd orange flavoured anything actually. But fresh oranges are awesome in my book. And when you read this recipe, you'll see that this is as fresh as it gets! 

Jaffa Cake Muffins
Adapted from this recipe 
1 whole orange, quartered and deseeded 
1/2 cup fresh orange juice 
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature 
1 large egg
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar 
1 tsp baking powder 
3/4 tsp baking soda 
A pinch of salt
3oz or 85g of mini dark chocolate chips 

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F and prepare a 12 cup muffin tray by greasing the cups or lining with paper muffin cups. 
2. In a blender jar, purée the quartered orange - peel and all, and the orange juice until completely smooth. 
3. Add the butter and the egg and blitz for about 20 seconds until smooth. Transfer this mixture into a medium sized bowl. 
4. In a small bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 
5. Add this dry mixture to the purée and mix until completely combined. 
6. Gently stir in the chocolate chips. 
7. Divide the batter among the 12 muffin cups. 
8. Bake for about 18-20 minutes or until the tops of the muffins are lightly browned and spring back when touched. 
9. Remove from the oven and allow the muffins to cool in the tin for about 10 minutes before removing and serving. 

The intense orangyness is really surprisingly good. The original recipe calls for more sugar and when I tried that I found it way too sweet for us. So the next time I made it, I cut down the sugar by a third and found it a lot better. The chocolate chips also add to the sweetness. 

These muffins aren't dense. They're very cakey and light. Honestly, I prefer a dense muffin and I even had difficult referring to this as a muffin for a while. But whatever you choose to call it, I'm sure you'll enjoy it. 

If you are a fan of this orange-chocolate combination, you should totally try this recipe. And even if you're like me, and aren't a fan, you should still give it a try. You might be surprised. I was!

Until next time :) And watch out for my next Secret Recipe Club post on Monday! Cheers :)

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