Tradition! Tradition! (Insert “Tevya” from “Fiddler On The Roof” voice Here)

Chocolate Orange Muffins


Back when my older kids were little, I started a tradition that still goes on today. It will probably continue when I am too old to see the stove and burn everything and there is a more than even chance that it will continue after my death. No, not because they will take over the duties but because they will dig me up, put a wooden spoon in my hand and set me in front of the stove. What is said tradition? Making so many darn Christmas cookies that we all start to gag at the thought of eating yet one more cookie. I make the same 7 or  15 8 kinds each year then add about 7 or 15 8 new ones. Add to this an assortment of home made candies, scones, muffins and such and we spend the holidays in a haze of sugar induced illness. But it’s so darn fun!! Or something. It gives me an excuse to get out my fat girl pants and loose shirts cause Lord knows nothing else will fit anyway.

So I have started looking for some new recipes for all of the above things. I have a few boards up on Pinterest with a vast assortment of things to make for the Christmas season. Were I to actually make all of the things I have pinned, every person in my family would weigh about 600 pounds. But, moving on… or back… or sideways, not sure which… one of the recipes I found was one for Chocolate Orange Muffins because something about the combo of chocolate and orange just strikes me as Christmasy. The one I found came from  but I have changed it up quite a bit. As I’ve mentioned before, I am genetically incapable of making a recipe the way it’s written. This could be why I mess up boxed mac and cheese and hamburger helper. I always want to “fix” them. But this recipe got “fixed” quite nicely if I do say so myself. They may just be on the Christmas buffet. Well, not this batch… that would be rather disgusting. 😛

These are quite good. Moist with a nice orange flavor that is complemented by soft gooey bits of chocolate. The ganache makes these almost cupcake like but yet they aren’t too sweet for breakfast or to have with a cup of coffee.

Chocolate Orange Muffins With A Chocolate Orange Ganache Drizzle

  • Zest from one large orange (about 2 to 3 tablespoons)
  • 10 ounce bag dark chocolate chips, 1/3 cup reserved
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup orange juice concentrate
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract (or about 4 drops of orange oil)
  • 1/2 cup good quality orange marmalade
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional but it goes well with both the orange and the chocolate)
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons heavy cream (for the ganache and the amount can vary, thus the range)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line 16 muffin cups with paper or foil liners.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and the sugar
  4. Beat in the eggs, vanilla extract and orange extract/oil. Add the sour cream & orange juice. Mix well.
  5. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and baking soda
  6. Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula,  gently mix the flour mixture into the wet ones. Do NOT overbeat. Then fold in the chocolate, holding back that third cup. You’ll use that for the ganache.
  7. Spoon the muffin batter into the lined cups, getting each one almost full. Make a little dent in the top of each and spoon a bit of the orange marmalade on each muffin.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown and the top no longer looks “wet”.
  9. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
  10. To make the ganache- in a small microwave safe bowl, mix together the reserved chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons of the cream. Heat on 70% power for 45 seconds, then stir well. If it looks rather curdled and not shiny and smooth, ad more cream, a LITTLE bit at a time. It should get smooth and satiny looking. If it’s still too thick to drizzle though, continue adding cream a bit at a time until it’s thin enough to drizzle.
  11. Drizzle the ganache over the cooled muffins. Inhale one…or six. I won’t tell.


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7 thoughts on “Tradition! Tradition! (Insert “Tevya” from “Fiddler On The Roof” voice Here)

    • One of my top five favorite movies! I was lucky enough to see the play with Zero Mostel when I was ten and I’ve loved all things Fiddler On The Roof since then 🙂 As for the muffins and cookies, I’ll get them right out. media mail ok? Shouldn’t take but a month or two to get to you. Hehehe

  1. Can you make these ahead, freeze and then do the ganache before serving? I always made everything from scratch and served it fresh but my hands are really limiting me. I’m hosting my annual Christmas Eve party after a hiatus of a few years while I was having all my hand surgeries. I don’t want to compromise my menu but will need to do things ahead, freeze and serve … any good suggestions on things that work well that way?

    • Mary, I would assume so. Just let them cool thoroughly then bag them up and freeze them. As for other things that freeze well, most cookie doughs freeze well. You can make many doughs on one day then when you have a free day closer to Christmas, make the actual cookies. You can also cook and freeze things like biscuit and scone dough. Yeast doughs can be frozen too. If, say, you make rolls, get them past the first rising, shape them then freeze them. When you want to bake them, take out as many as you’re wanting, put them on your baking pan, let them thaw and rise in a warm place then bake normally. You can also make some candies ahead of time and freeze. Fudge works well. make it, freeze it in the pan (those cheap 8 inch square foil pans are a godsend this time of year) then thaw when needed. You may have some condensation on the top of it but you can blot that off with a paper towel.
      As for non sweet things, many casseroles freeze well. Things with dairy products like milk or sour cream, not as well; they tend to look curdled upon reheating but other kinds do fine

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