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Mad about Orange Dark Chocolate Muffins

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Orange Chocolate Muffins

I’ve received many requests for chocolate muffins in the last few weeks, but since I wasn’t completely satisfied with the recipe I had, I was very reluctant to make them, much less put them up for sale.

I finally found some time this week, not only to tweak my chocolate muffin recipe, but to try out the oft-recommended flavour marriage of orange and chocolate.

Orange Chocolate Muffins

These orange dark chocolate muffins contain Valrhona Manjari (64%), a generous splash of Grand Marnier and orange zest. While the domes here are not as dramatic as the blueberry muffins, I love how the crisp, chocolate chip studded tops give way to a delicate cake-like crumb. My favourite part about these little pillowy treats is the aromatic citrus overtone.

               Chocolate Muffins with Grand Marnier

I’m really pleased with the results and even more delighted that I won’t have to say “no” the next time someone asks for chocolate muffins.

Available for purchase: 12 Orange Dark Chocolate Muffins made with Valrhona Manjari @ a Price of $25. Chocolate Only Variation @ a Price of $24.

Mad about a French Strawberry Cake Order

Saturday, August 11th, 2007

French Strawberry Cake

I’ve been busy with other non-baking/cooking related matters these last couple of weeks and haven’t been baking as much as I’d have liked. This particular order had been placed several weeks in advance and I was glad to have an excuse to fire up my oven. Since I’d made this particular cake only once prior to this, I thought it would be prudent to get some practice in first.

Both cakes here have 3 layers of sponge cake (instead of 4) and were sandwiched with strawberries and cream. The one above is the trial version.

French Strawberry Cake Order

I’d toyed with the idea of using non-dairy whipped cream since it’s supposed to hold up better in our warm climate, but decided against it once I’d read the ingredient list. Dairy cream might contain fat, not give as smooth a finish and be difficult to pipe, but at least it doesn’t contain a whole list of chemicals whose names I can barely pronounce. :)

Available for Purchase: 9-inch French Strawberry Cake @ a Price of S$60. Variation with Ladyfinger Sponges around the Cake @ S$65.

Mad about Blueberry Muffins

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Blueberry Muffins

I’m on some sort of “breakfast food” roll at the moment. These were made using my favourite blueberry muffin recipe. In an attempt to make a more healthful version, I tried these with wholemeal flour once, but ended up with really dense muffins. So this time, I stuck to the original tried-and-tested version.

             Blueberry Muffins

I like these muffins best fresh out of the oven because of their crusty tops and moist insides. But the best thing about them is that they are still fluffy and moist after 3 days, even if stored in a not-so-air-tight container - that is if they make it to the 3 day mark. :D