Just Jaffa

One of my favourite things to bake and give are muffins as my friends enjoy them so much.  I typically have four flavours that I tend to bake and this is my favourite to eat and the aroma is just heavenly!   It is a buttermilk muffin with orange zest throughout, a chocolate centre (melted when eaten warm) and a orange sugar top crust.  Now you know why they are a favourite!


This recipe bakes 12 decent sized muffins.  Decent size meaning the guys won’t complain!

Ingredients you will need are :

  • plain flour (2.5 cups)
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • eggs (2)
  • buttermilk (1/2 cup)
  • butter (60g)
  • vegetable oil (1/4 cup)
  • caster sugar (1 cup)
  • vanilla extract
  • orange for zest (half for batter and half for orange sugar topping)
  • extra caster sugar (about 1/4 cup or enough to dust 12 muffins)

Baking time ….

  • Whisk together 2.5 cups of plain flour, 2.5 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together 2 eggs, 1 cup of buttermilk, 1/4 cup of vegetable oil, 1 cup of caster sugar, vanilla, cooled melted 60g of butter and zest or half an orange.
  • Combine both mixtures together and stir until just combined.
  • Line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners/patty pans (handy if you have a 12 cupcake tin).
  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius.
  • Use a standard ice cream scooper and place 3/4 scoop full of batter in each patty pan.
  • Place some chocolate (I use 3 chocolate melts but you can use any chocolate) in the middle of each muffin.
  • Top each with half an ice cream scoop of batter.
  • Mix the extra caster sugar with the zest from the other half of the orange until the sugar is infused.
  • Sprinkle each muffin liberally with the sugar.  This gives it an amazing aroma and a yummy crunchy topping.
  • Bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes on centre rack.  However keep an eye on them as they burn because of the sugar on top.  Check with a cake tester/skewer/toothpick on the sides of the muffin (the centre is chocolate) to make sure it comes out clean.
  • Try to wait a few minutes for them to cool down before tucking in! Enjoy!



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