Saturday, November 13, 2010

Choco-Chip Jaffa Muffins & A New Blogger Design!


A new blogger design. LIKE, FINALLY.

Do you know how much i lurveeeee my new blogger design??
I can't stop staring at it like a weirdo!

It's all thanks to Jessica @ The Frilly Coconut! She's just so talented!
I wish i could give her all the muffins above as a token of appreciation. :D

If you wanna get a new pretty blogger/wordpress/twitter design at an affordable price, i HIGHLY RECOMMEND her service!!


Okay, back to the muffins.

These muffins turned out to be quite crusty on the outside (not sure whether it's supposed to be crusty originally. If not, YIKES!), and light and moist on the inside. They're surprisingly not too sweet either, which is good news for the diabetics, and bad news for people with sweet-tooth (i.e. yours truly). Boo.

I was also quite disappointed that the orange flavour wasn't strong enough. Fortunately the chocolate chips made the muffins taste a whole lot better. I wish i'd put the whole bag of choco-chips into the batter. Tsk.

The next time i make this, I'm gonna pour some orange juice into the batter. And add a little bit more sugar.

What i really love about buttermilk is that it can make your cake to be really moist!

Grating the orange zest was the best part of the process. The sweet and sour citric scent that filled the kitchen was the best natural air-freshener of all!

The batter must be lumpy. Or else you're fired.

The domes of the muffins were slightly higher than the ones shown in the recipe book. Yours truly over-filled the muffin pan holes.

My ratings: 5.5/10

However, all my family members commented that the muffins were scrumptious and that i should bake these more often. Their ratings are: 7/10

Until now i'm still wondering whether i've raised a very fussy tongue. Hmm.

(Taken From The Australian Women's Weekly Easy Baking Book)

2 1/2 Cups (375g) Self-raising flour
100g Cold butter, chopped finely
1 Cup (220g) Caster Sugar
1 1/4 Cups (310ml) Buttermilk
1 Egg
3/4 Cup (135g) Dark Choc Bits
2 Teaspoons finely grated orange zest


Preheat oven to 200c/180c fan-forced. Grease 12-hole (1/3 cup/80ml) muffin pan.

Sift flour into large bowl; rub in butter. Stir in sugar, buttermilk and egg. Do not overmix; mixture should be lumpy. Stir in Choc Bits and zest.

Divide mixture into pan holes; bake about 20 minutes. Stand muffins in pan 5 minutes before turning, top-side up, onto wire rack to cool.