Orange Chocolate Muffins

by Laura on March 20, 2011

My Honey Girl loves a good muffin.  Not an oil-oozing, oversized piece of pound cake in a muffin paper.  A true muffin.  Dainty.  Well flavored.   Muffin in nature with little relationship to cake.  She made these the day she arrived from college for spring break, from a recipe I improvised when she asked for one for an orange muffin with lots of heady orange flavor and some dark chocolate.   When she was a wee one she insisted that we call cupcakes muffin cakes, since they were cake baked in a muffin tin and not, as she pointed out correctly, in cups.  In fact, she wrote to an editor of the Merriam Webster dictionary to ask that the lexicon be appropriately changed to note this and other important distinctions.  Muffins are muffins.  Cake is cake. Cupcakes are cake baked in a muffin tin.  Muffins should never be cupcakes.  And never should they be confused in language or substance.   Yup.  She had lots of questions and lots of pronouncements when she was four.  Well, she always had lots of questions.  And we were so happy, tracking down answers (and more questions) at the library and over muffins and a glass of cold milk.  Now that she’s almost grown up, it’s muffins and a cup of  black tea with milk, and more questions, of course.  She’s a curious pickle.  And we love her for it.

Before you have a stroke at the yield of this recipe, bear with me.  I have a recipe, which I’ll post tomorrow, for your leftover muffins, which is pretty heavenly, this one for our Sweet Boy.


{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 sweet road March 20, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Your photos are beautiful, and these muffins look great for a cozy morning!

2 Laura March 20, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Oh, thank you. I’ll be posting a bread pudding made with the leftover muffins tomorrow morning.

3 Jun March 20, 2011 at 11:26 pm

I’ll eat this with black tea, it sounds so comforting!

4 aishahias March 21, 2011 at 12:08 am

The muffins look wonderful! :D Do you think I could substitute the applesauce with something else?

5 Laura March 21, 2011 at 6:57 am

Absolutely. Substitute any fat–more shortening or butter–or another fruit puree.

6 deana@lostpastremembered March 21, 2011 at 7:14 am

Just love that coffee pot… great photos and charming blog… nice to find you!

7 Laura March 21, 2011 at 8:13 am

Thank you! So sweet of you.

8 sucre en poudre March 21, 2011 at 9:07 am

it looks delicious!

9 Kris Jacobson March 21, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Fun to read all the comments!

10 Kulsum at JourneyKitchen March 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I have recently found your blog and so in love with it. With each post, your pictures make me drool more than ever. How sweet and perfect are this muffins? yum!

11 Laura March 21, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Oh, you’re so kind. Thank you!

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