I can’t seem to get enough of the orange chocolate combination this season. With “almost spring-like” weather embracing Seattle occasionally this month, i wanted to bake something fragrant and sassy last Sunday for brunch. And i am almost certain that these are my new favorite muffins. Fresh orange juice adds to the flavor of these scrumptious muffins and they taste even better the following day. You’ll have to whip up a batch to experience the flavor and elegance of these muffins. Eat this muffin while its warm or reheat for few minutes in the oven to experience its taste in full glory. This recipe from better homes and gardens is definitely a huge winner and all i can say is no one can resist this pleasant pairing of orange and bittersweet combination of white and dark chocolate chips.
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white chocolate chips (you can use dark or milk chocolate chips too)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon orange zest
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup vegetable oil
Ingredients for streusel topping
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter
1/4 cup pecans or walnuts
2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line twelve muffin cups with liners and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, stir together flour, salt, baking powder and white chocolate chips, set aside.
3. In a medium bowl combine eggs, sugar, milk, orange zest, orange juice, and oil.
4. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened.
5. To prepare the streusel topping, mix together flour and sugar in a bowl. Cut cold butter into pats, then use a pastry cutter or two knives to cut the butter into the flour until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips.
6. Spoon 1/4 cup of muffin batter into the muffin cups. Sprinkle generously with stresuel topping.
7. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
8. Cool muffins on a wire rack for 5 minutes and serve warm.