Chocolate orange muffins

Chocolate orange muffins

Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes
Makes 12 Muffins

Without doubt muffins are some of the best in the cake kingdom and these chocolate orange muffins are surely some of the best there are. You bite through the sweet crunchy coating and into the soft gooey middle filled with rich chunks of chocolate. These are delicious served warm while the chocolate chunks are still a bit melted.

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Ingredients

150g (5 ½ oz) caster sugar and one extra tablespoon to sprinkle
zest of 1 orange and juice of half an orange.
125g (4 ½ oz) self raising flour
1 heaped tsp bicarbonate soda
40g (1 ½ oz) cocoa powder
1 egg
100ml vegetable oil (sunflower or general vegetable oil is perfect but I wouldn’t use olive oil)
4tbs/50ml milk
90ml warm water
100g (3 ½ oz) chocolate chopped into ½ cm square chunks

Equipment

12 hole patty tin (the one with lots of little holes in for making cupcakes) or muffin tin (similar but with deeper holes) OR muffin cases.

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C

If using a tin, well grease each hole and lightly sprinkle with a little flour, shake the tin upside down to shake off any excess flour.

In a small bowl rub together sugar and orange zest until the sugar turns pale orange.

Sift flour, bicarbonate of soda and cocoa powder. Stir this into the sugar mixture and stir to combine.

In a separate bowl lightly beat the eggs, stir in oil and milk.

Pour the egg mixture, chocolate chunks and warm water into the dry ingredients. Now gently stir the mixture just 2 to 3 times. The mixture should still look lumpy and like the wet and dry ingredients are not property combined.

Spoon this mixture into the tin with a teaspoon, sprinkle with the orange juice and an extra tbsp of sugar and bake for 20 mins until they are risen.

Remove from oven and let cool.

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