For final day under BM#45, Cakes and Muffins with Vegetable and Fruits, I opted to make a muffin with Orange. From my previous baking with Orange in cakes, I have got a fancy to it and have been ever since then wanting to bake again with orange juice. After two days of cakes with vegetable, I wanted to try with fruit. Infact my boys are little better in their fruit intake, unlike Konda. So maybe I should come up with ideas to make her eat more fruits.
Orange is chinnu's favorite. So I was hesitating if I should use apples or oranges. I always stock Pomegranate, apples and Oranges. Though offlate we have not been getting oranges as it's not the season. Anyway I thought my choice will depend what I will find in the fridge. I found a lone orange still lying around and what better way than to make this. I will be making something with apple for the Bakeathon!
Since I loved the orange cake I made many months ago, I wanted to keep it plain without mixing in chocolate. Still I couldn't resist adding choco chip to the muffin. I felt this was much better way to get the boys attracted to the muffin. At first Chinnu said no, seeing it wasn't brown, later after lot of persuasion, he couldn't stop with one. I was taken in so much by the taste that I was raving so much about this to my buddies that they, poor souls were forced to ask the recipe soon. I was only elated to share it with them, as the measurement was something I added as I went on with the recipe.
I have a huge batch to make for Konda for her school. So I might use this recipe to make her batch. Only I was getting intimidated by the number being 100. I might end up baking it in MW. I might also simply make a muffin than a cupcake. I don't think on a week day I will have the energy to frost so many cupcakes!
Eggless Orange Choco Chip Muffin
All purpose flour/ Maida - 1 cup
Sweetened Condensed milk - 1/2 tin / 200 ml + 2 tbsp
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Orange juice - 1/2 cup
Melted unsalted butter - 1/2 cup
Choco chip - 1/2 cup
Extra Chips for topping
How to make Orange Choco Chip Muffin
Squeeze and extract the orange juice, keep it aside.
In a bowl add the flour along with other ingredients and gently mix in to combine the wet and dry ingredient.
The batter is quite loose because of the orange juice. Let the batter sit for 5 mins while the oven gets pre heated.
This resting also lets the baking powder react with orange juice and the batter becomes foamy. Don't mix after this stage
Get your cupcake liners ready, and using an icecream scooper, scoop out and fill each mold.
Fill cupcake liners to 3/4 and top with extra choco chips that you saved for topping.
Bake the muffins at 185 C for 12 - 15 mins.
Using the scooper is a good thing as you will use the same amount for each muffin.
If you want you can either use vanilla essence or orange essence as well for more orange taste. The muffins had a distinct orange taste and it was so very soft and firm still.