Hello, hello! I’ve been a bit busy lately. I’m going to start selling some of my handmade items at a local store, so I’ve been trying to create enough inventory to get going. I’ll be sharing more about this when I get all set up; but, suffice to say, I’ve had my hands full. Today, though, my youngest and I had a lazy morning in our PJs before I had to take her to preschool. We played a few rounds of her favorite Curious George game, and we made these delicious muffins. They were a bit of an experiment, but they turned out great! And it was fun asking her opinions about what we should do as we went along.
I’ve been having fun baking with citrus lately. The Lemon Thyme Bread we made a couple of weeks ago was a hit, so this time we decided to combine orange with chocolate for some pre-Halloween treats. Here’s how:
Orange & Dark Chocolate Muffins
1/2 c. butter, softenend
2/3 c. cocoa powder
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. orange extract
3/4 c. milk
1/3 c. full fat sour cream
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. flour
2 tsp. orange zest
1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350.
Grease or line a muffin tin with liners. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream the butter, cocoa powder and sugar.
Add the extracts, eggs, milk and sour cream and mix until combined.
In a smaller bowl, combine the baking powder, salt, flour and zest.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet, and mix until smooth. For me, the consistency was almost like frosting.
Divide the batter evenly among 12 muffin cups and top with chocolate chips. We also sprinkled some orange sugar on top just for fun.
Happy early Halloween!