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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Guest Blog Post By My Sister!

My sister, Jennifer, has graciously agreed to do a guest post for me after JUST opening her own blog-Memoirs of a Muffin Maniac.  She is an amazing muffin baker and has started her own hobby-turned-business!  Please check out her blog and support her!  Meet my sister... 


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The orange chocolate muffin is not for everyone. Even I, the self-proclaimed muffin maniac, do not crave more than a bite or two of this powerfully vibrant flavor, but there exists a select number who appreciate the marriage of tangy citrus and sweet, smooth chocolate. 

While my sister visits us this week, she has asked me to be a guest on her blog, and I, in turn, have asked her to help me bake muffins. We chose the orange chocolate recipe, because I have long needed to experiment with it in order to improve it's shelf-life. Besides, my sister's husband is one of those people who delights in orange flavor melded with chocolate. In exchange for my newly revamped recipe, I think I'll have her cook dinner all week! Ha ha!

Here is the complimentary recipe. My only requirement is that you let us know how you enjoyed them! And if I tweak it further with success, I will be sure to inform you!

ORANGE CHOCOLATE MUFFINS

Ingredients
2 C flour
1 T baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 C sugar
1 C milk
1/4 C butter, melted
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp orange extract
2/3 C chocolate chips
orange peel from 2 oranges


Directions
Preheat oven to 375F. Combine milk, eggs, vanilla, and orange extract. Set aside. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Make a well in center. Melt butter in a small bowl. Pour DRY into WET ingredients and combine well. Stir wet ingredients into dry. Mix until JUST moistened. Fold in chocolate chips and orange peel (do not overmix). Fill cups 2/3 full*. Bake 15-20 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on rack. 

* Note: for flatter tops, fill muffin cups half full. For dome-shaped tops, fill cups 3/4 full (only 5 muffin cups) and check them at 20 minutes. If toothpick comes out like batter still, check again in 5 minute increments. :o) 



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I hope you enjoy and use this amazing recipe! If you do, please let her know on her brand new blog!
Thank you Jennifer for being a guest on my blog and I am excited to read about your muffin journey!

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