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Posted on Wed, Apr 3, 2013 : 8 a.m.

Tangerine chocolate chip muffins are tender and flavorful

By Mary Bilyeu


Mary Bilyeu | Contributor

A friend of mine was recently given the generous gift of a case of tangerines. He very kindly shared the wealth, and handed me a bag of beautiful, fragrant fruits.

Well, sure, I could've just eaten them; and I did enjoy some of them out of hand. But I like to bake, so it only made sense to make a batch of lovely, tender muffins. The brightness of the citrus flavor is especially wonderful with the chocolate chips. And, well, a little touch of sweetness that comes from a glaze can only enhance any treat, right?

Tangerine Chocolate Chip Muffins

1-1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1-1/2 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
3/4 cup freshly squeezed tangerine juice (from 6 tangerines)
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 15 muffin cups with paper liners.

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and chocolate chips. In a large measuring cup, stir together tangerine juice, oil, vanilla, and eggs. Pour liquid over dry ingredients and stir just to combine.

Divide batter among the paper liners, and bake muffins for 20 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Let cool completely.

1 cup confectioners' sugar
juice of 1 small tangerine

Whisk confectioners' sugar and tangerine juice together until smooth. Drizzle glaze over muffins and let set.

Makes 15 muffins.

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Sarah Rigg

Wed, Apr 3, 2013 : 12:28 p.m.

I do love tangerines - hadn't thought to pair them with chocolate...