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Friday, March 30, 2012

Blood Orange Muffins with Chocolate Chips

I bought some blood oranges at the store a few days ago.  They were on sale and we all know how much I love a good sale, so in the cart they went.  I ate one while watching Ellen and promptly decided that I did not like blood oranges -- cool name but not so cool taste.

I still had two oranges left, though, and I couldn't risk tainting Ellen with the memory of eating yet another awful orange while watching.  I did what I usually do when left with some random food item; I went food-blog-surfing.

Not surprisingly, I found the most-perfect-recipe at How Sweet It Is.

Muffins are sort of like the frittatas of the baking world.  You can pack a host of savory or sweet odds-and-ends into the batter (not all at the same time, of course, because eeww) and typically end up with something either tasty or at the least edible.

This recipe brings together blood oranges and semi-sweet chocolate.  They're dense and chocolate-y with just a hint of sweetness.  It's a delightful afternoon pick-me-up with some coffee or a light breakfast with some fruit or yogurt.  Of course, it also tastes good after a meal or at 11:00 at night when you're watching Gilmore Girls wrapped in a housecoat and blanket because you're too cheap to turn on the heat.

Yeah, that last one was totally hypothetical.

Blood Orange Muffins with Chocolate Chips


1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup milk
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 stick butter, melted
zest of 2 oranges
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven t0 350 degrees.
In a bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.  Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the milk, orange juice and egg.  Add the wet ingredients and mix to combine.  Next, add the melted butter and zest.  Fold in the chocolate chips.
Using a 1/4 cup scoop, fill the muffin tin with the batter.  Bake for 15-18 minutes.

Source: Loosely adapted from Jessica's recipe

And get to the eating.


  1. I LOVE blood oranges! Their color, their name, taste ... yum! Gorgeous cupcake liners too :)

    1. Thank you!! I thought I would like them on their own, too. Maybe mine just weren't a good batch...

  2. I have yet to buy blood oranges but really liked them when they were in a salad at a restaurant- thanks for the inspiration!

  3. I've never had a blood orange...the name sort of terrifies me!

    Hope you are having a good weekend so far Liz!

    1. Ha, I was the same but I couldn't resist them when I saw they were on sale! Hope you're enjoying your weekend, too!

  4. I love the color of blood oranges and using them in baked goods. These look perfect!