Monday, May 20, 2013

orange chocolate chip muffins

Remember our gorgeous picnic we had in DC for the cherry blossoms?
Well, I need to give you a muffin recipe.
You could barely see them in the picture of our picnic, but they were my favorite part.

Of course they were.
They are a bread product and they have chocolate chips.

Could be considered a cupcake if you added glaze or a yummy frosting but we are calling them muffins and eating them for breakfast.
Without the glaze.

Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins
Makes 12.
From here!
2 cups all purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold, unsalted butter, grated
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest
1/2 cup whole milk
1/4 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed is best, of course!
1 egg, beaten

Heat oven to 400*. Grease bottoms only of muffin pan cups. Set aside.
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl and mix well. Grate in butter with a box grated and toss with flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and orange zest.
Combine milk, orange juice, and egg in medium bowl until well mixed. Add milk mixture to flour mixture and stir just until moistened. Fill each prepared muffin cup 2/3 full.
Bake 15-18 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes and remove from pan.

Update* I tried them with a simple glaze made from whisking powdered sugar and orange juice until thick and drizzling over the muffins.  My opinion?  Too sweet.  I know, I know.  Shocking.  But, I like them better as muffins and not cupcakes.  Try and see for yourself!

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