Monday, 10 February 2014

Orange and Chocolate Muffins

Yellow Daisies :)
                       No, I haven't taken leave of my senses, just thought I'd start off with a random thought cause thats what I've been doing recently :) What I am putting up today is actually a very old recipe but a super hit every time and as an added bonus, it is super healthy! :) What's better than guilt - free indulgence?

So these easy  orange and dark chocolate muffins are the perfect combo of a citrusy punch and deep warm chocolate! So lets begin,

Ingredients -
Makes 6 medium size cupcakes.
1 large cup of wheat flour
1 large cup of granulated sugar
1/2 cup of cocoa powder
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
1 cup of vegetable oil (preferably canola, but any other will do)
1/2 cup of milk
1/4 cup of water
1 teaspoon of white vinegar
2 medium oranges - peeled and juiced
keep the juice separately

  • Pre heat your oven to 180 degrees.
  • First sieve the flour and mix in all the dry ingredients.
  • Grate the orange rind (you should have about half a cup) (and grate only till the orange part is off the skin - not the white part because that is bitter) 
  • Add 2 tablespoons of sugar and two tablespoons of water in a heavy pan and bring to a boil - add the orange rind to it and simmer until sticky. 
  • Remove immediately and add to the dry ingredients bowl
  • Add the orange juice.
  • Add all the wet ingredients one by one. Add the vinegar last.
  • The consistency should be thick and heavy. Not very runny.
  • Fill the cupcake moulds 3/4th its capacity and put them in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes - until the top is firm to touch 

Presentation suggestion - Candy a few orange sections like you candied the rind and place on top of the cupcake - dust with cocoa powder! :)
Variations - You can add melted Dark chocolate to give them that moistness (A not so healthy version). For the Vegan version, just skip the milk and replace with equal quantity of warm water. You also try this with different fruit juices like pineapple, apple and cranberry :)

Until next time then,


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