Orange Chocolate Muffins

Recipe from What's For Lunch, Honey?    

Ingredients

125g all-purpose flour
125g whole wheat flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
30g almonds, ground
50g Muscovado sugar
Juice and zest of 1 organic orange
170g cream cheese
2 large eggs
60g bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

Method

Pre-heat the oven to 190 degrees C. Line a muffin pan with paper forms or pieces of baking paper.

Sieve both types of flour and baking powder in a large bowl. Incorporate the ground almonds and sugar. Make a well in the middle of the flour-sugar-almond mixture.

In a second bowl, whisk together orange juice and zest, cream cheese and eggs until smooth. Pour into the middle of the well in the bowl containing the dry ingredients. Using a rubber spatula mix the mixture gently. The mixture will be more like a dough rather that the usual fluid muffin batter.

Fold in the chocolate chunks.

Distribute the muffin dough into the molds of your muffin pan, filling each mold only a third full.

Bake the muffins for 20-25 minutes until they have risen and turned a gorgeous golden color.

Remove the pan form the oven and allow to cool. Enjoy these muffins as fresh as possible.

Tip: These taste great warm for breakfast with a hint of butter and some orange marmalade.