They were disappointing. The sponge was uninteresting and there was a huge pile of glurpy icing on top which tasted too much of artificial flavouring. Maybe I’m getting picky, eating so much home-made cake these days. Luckily there were only three of us in that day to eat them so for the next day (and a different set of colleagues) I decided to make some muffins.
I had found a recipe for chocolate and orange muffins that I thought would do fine for this month’s “We Should Cocoa” challenge hosted by Choclette at Chocolate Log Blog. Because of my birthday and lack of time I had the perfect reason for baking them.
(Excuse for baking number 24c!)
Muffins are quick and easy to make but usually best eaten on the day they are baked. So I got all the ingredients measured out and put on one side before going to bed. Then in the morning, in between taking Nick to the station for the 7.30am train and taking Lulu for her morning walk, I mixed them up and popped them in the oven.
As it’s Christmas time I decided to perk them up by sprinkling some crushed sugar pieces on top. I found these in a French supermarket ages ago and brought them home – I don’t know if you can get them here in the UK – I haven’t looked.
They were baked in 25 minutes and the kitchen smelled wonderful when I came back from the fields with the dog – in fact she wouldn’t eat her breakfast, nose twitching and hoping for something more interesting.
She was unlucky this time !! I packed some in a small box to drop off at my dad’s on the way to work and took the remaining ones with me for us to enjoy with morning coffee and afternoon tea……..well they’re never as good the next day !!
They were a success, nice and chocolatey and not too sweet. In fact next time I make them I would be tempted to add a little more sugar……..there’s always the possibility that I forgot to put any in at all…….but I don’t think so. But if so - it’s my age !!
125g self raising flour
125g self raising wholemeal flour
25g ground almonds
55g soft brown sugar
rind and juice of 1 orange
175g cream cheese
55g plain chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 190°C/180°fan. Put 10 muffin cases in a muffin tin.
Sift the flours into a large bowl. Add the ground almonds and sugar and mix together. Make a well in the centre.
In another bowl, beat together the orange rind, juice, cheese and eggs.
Pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients. Add the chocolate chips and mix together, avoiding over-mixing. (I found the mixture very dry and stiff so I added a splash of milk here to loosen it.)
Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases. Bake for 25-30 minutes until well risen and brown.
Cool in the tin for 5 minutes then remove to a wire rack.
Makes 10 muffins. (My mixture made 11.) Best eaten the same day !!