It was October when my local Sainsburys started with their Christmas food selections – please will someone stop the madness?! The lead up to Christmas shouldn’t start until after Bonfire Night AT LEAST!
However, whilst I might complain, it does at least bring with it the promise of Christmas treats. The first Chocolate Orange of the year might have jumped into my basket when I wasn’t looking the other day. Originally I was just going to save it to nibble on during a night in watching films, however, on my wanderings up and down the aisles, I came across this:
It’s essentially the love child of a Chocolate Orange and Nutella. Not only does it come in chocolate orange flavour but they also do a chocolate spread with popping candy!
With the Chocolate Orange already in my basket, the little cogs in my head started turning as to how I could make them work together. I decided on putting them together in muffin form – chocolate orange muffins.
Here’s what you’ll need to make them:
100g self-raising flour
100g caster sugar
100g soft butter
2 large eggs
50g chopped up Chocolate Orange (or chocolate chips if you can’t lay your hands on a Chocolate Orange)
The recipe makes 6 muffins which is perfect if 12 is far too many for you to manage. Although if you fancy making 12 and scoffing the lot (or sharing them with others of course), the recipe is easily doubled.
No, you don’t need most of the Chocolate Orange for this recipe even if it looks like it’s mostly gone in the photo, some of it might have been eaten before I started baking…..
First, preheat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade. Then, add the soft butter and sugar to a bowl and beat together.
Beat the two eggs and add them to the butter and sugar. Then gently fold in the flour.
Add the chocolate chunks/chips and the rind of the orange and mix. If you want you can add a squeeze of the orange at this stage (unless you want to save the orange for something else of course). Prepare your baking tray with muffin cases.
Divide the mixture into the muffin cases and spoon a dollop of the spread on top of each one. Hint, you may need to warm the spread to make the next step easier (I put the jar of spread into warm water for a while to help it melt a bit)
Swirl the spread a bit so it mixes a little with the top bit of muffin mixture. A skewer or cocktail stick would be perfect for this, I had neither so ended up using a chopstick, which worked perfectly.
Stick them in the oven for 18-20 minutes. Remove and cool on a wire rack.
Make a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy warm from the oven while the chocolate chunks are still a bit gooey and melted.