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Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins

Admittedly, now I have fibromyalgia, I try to keep my cooking and baking as limited as possible these days…good days can turn into painful ones when I overdo it in the kitchen. So having a few recipes that are fast, easy and tasty, and making meals that last for more than one ‘feed’ simply makes sense.

Muffins are a fantastic ‘portable’ food, and perfect for breakfast on the run, a snack or dessert. The recipe provided below is made with yogurt, making them extra moist and delicious.

Always use muffin liners in your tin AND grease the tin. For me, it seems that no matter how much you grease the tin, without the liners, the muffins do tend to stick!

The other important thing to know about making muffins is to NEVER over-mix the batter. The mixture should always be a bit lumpy. (By over-mixing you release the gluten in the flour and the muffins will be tough.)

Getting started:

Preheat oven to 200C

Grease and place paper muffin liners into a muffin tin.

Ingredients for 12 muffins:

250g plain flour

1/2tsp salt

3tsp baking powder

100g caster sugar

In a mixing bowl, sift the above ingredients together and put to one side.

In a separate bowl, or jug, mix the following ingredients together:

1 egg, lightly beaten

120ml milk

125g plain yogurt

75g butter, melted and cooled

Zest of 1 orange – finely grated

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir slightly just to combine – do not over-mix (the mixture will be quite lumpy, but there should not be any dry flour visible) and then add: 100g orange milk chocolate bar, chopped into chunks.

Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases and bake for approximately 20 minutes or until golden and springy to the touch. Cool on a wire rack.

Comments:

I have made the muffins and they are very tasty! The mixture made 12 good sized muffins and was very easy to make. I had to use dark chocolate as I couldn't get orange milk chocolate over here in France and it worked very well, so either could be used. I found I didn't need to grease the muffin tin as I used muffin cases, which made it even easier. I also didn't grate the orange rind as the pieces were too big. I used my zester instead which was easier than grating the rind.

 I will certainly be making them again!

Vanessa Crouch

By Alyssa Savage

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