Rich Chocolate and Orange Muffins

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Rich Chocolate and Orange Muffins
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Health Score:
6,0 / 10
Difficulty:
moderate
Difficulty
Preparation:
1 hr 20 min.
Preparation

Ingredients

for
12
For the cupcakes
2 cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup cocoa powder
1 Tbsp Baking powder
½ cup sugar
2 eggs
cup sunflower oil
1 cup milk
½ cup grated, plain Dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
1 unwaxed Orange (finely grated zest)
For the caramelised oranges
1 ⅔ cups water
1 ½ cups sugar
4 unwaxed Oranges (very thinly sliced)
To decorate
1 ½ cups cream (48% fat)
½ Vanilla bean (seeds only)
How healthy are the main ingredients?
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Preparation steps

1.
For the cupcakes: heat the oven to 200°C (180° fan) 400°F gas 6. Place paper cases in a 12 hole muffin tin.
2.
Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder and spices into a mixing bowl. Stir in the sugar.
3.
Whisk together the eggs and oil in a separate bowl until frothy, then slowly whisk in the milk.
4.
Stir into the dry ingredients until just blended. The mixture will be slightly lumpy. Gently stir in the chocolate and orange zest.
5.
Spoon into the paper cases and bake for about 20 minutes until risen and springy to the touch. Cool in the tins for 5 minutes, then place on a wire rack to cool completely.
6.
For the caramelised oranges: heat the water and sugar in a pan over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved completely. Add the orange slices and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes, until the oranges are tender. Drain and reserve 12 slices. Finely chop the remainder.
7.
Spoon the chopped oranges into the centre of each cake.
8.
Whisk the cream and vanilla seeds until thick.
9.
Spoon into a piping bag and pipe around the orange centres. Place an orange slice on each cake.