I’m really rather smitten with the flavour combination of chocolate and orange, so after proudly harvesting my first decent batch of oranges from my back yard, these muffins seemed like the perfect application.
In my early teens, my folks bought a ridiculously large piece of land in the NSW southern highlands district. Most weekends my father packed us kids (6 of us!) in the car and trotted up there from our coastal idyll of Kiama. You can imagine our lack of enthusiasm…weekends hanging out at the beach were far more desirable than ploughing through dirt and planting trees.
Over the years though, my parents transformed this property into a very impressive sustainable and productive space to which my siblings and I gather (with a great deal more enthusiasm!) with families of our own. For that I am very grateful.
I haven’t been able to replicate my parents green thumbs in the slightest, whatever I plant usually ends up dying. The only two things that have flourished are my rosemary bush and my orange trees. And if I’m perfectly honest, its probably due mostly to my wonderful husbands skills rather than mine.
On to the muffins…… These muffins are brimming with the essence and goodness of orange. There are no milk or eggs in these and the moisture content is from the orange pulp (and a little butter). The absence of eggs was an oversight, but let me assure you, eggs or no eggs, it doesn’t make much difference when you are making muffins.
I’ve made these with raw almond meal, but these will work perfectly with wheat flour also. If you want to transcend them into something a little more virtuous, simply replace cane sugar for rapadura and the choc chips with cacao nibs.
- Flesh from 3 oranges
- Zest from 1 orange
- 2 cups almond meal
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 120g melted butter
- 1 cup dark choc chips
- Preheat oven to 180 deg. Line 12 muffin cases with paper.
- Place the flesh from 3 oranges into a blender - blend to a fine pulp.
- In a medium bowl, place flower and baking powder, sift well using a whisk. Add sugar, and combine well.
- To the flour mix, add the orange pulp, melted butter and choc bits. Combine gently in a figure 8 motion.
- Distribute mixture evenly amongst muffin cases and bake for approx. 20 mins.