Chocolate and orange mini muffins

Chocolate and orange mini muffins


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About this recipe: This recipe makes two flavours of mini muffins in one go! Chocolate and pear muffins for chocolate lovers and bitter orange and lemon muffins for those who prefer more of a tang. Both are delicious and super simple!


Makes: 24 mini muffins

  • For the basic muffins
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 60g butter
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 4 tablespoons rice flour
  • 6 tablespoons plain flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • To make chocolate and pear muffins
  • 1 small pear, peeled, cored and cubed
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon rum extract or rum flavouring
  • To make bitter orange and lemon muffins
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 2 tablespoons bitter orange marmalade, divided
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla icing sugar, for dusting

Prep:25min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:40min 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Line a 24 hole mini-muffin tin with paper baking cases.
  2. In a bowl, beat the eggs and caster sugar until light and fluffy with soft peaks.
  3. Add butter and milk to a small saucepan. Warm over low heat until butter just melts; add mix to the eggs, beating to prevent the eggs from scrambling.
  4. Sift rice flour, plain flour and baking powder into a bowl; stir into the wet cake mixture until well combined.
  5. Divide the mix equally between 2 bowls; stir in chopped pears, cocoa and rum extract into one of the bowls.
  6. Stir lemon extract and 1 tablespoon of orange marmalade into the other bowl.
  7. Fill 12 mini muffin cases with the pear and chocolate mixture.
  8. Fill the other 12 mini muffin cases with half of the orange marmalade cake batter, then add a small dollop of the remaining orange marmalade into the middle of each muffin; top with the remaining cake batter.
  9. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes or until the top of a muffin springs back when touched.
  10. Remove from oven; cool in the tin before serving.


For an extra dose of chocolate, add some milk chocolate chips into the pear mix and some dark chocolate into the orange mix.

See it on my blog (in Italian and English)

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