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Orange Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Muffins

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique
Author of Ed Engoron’s Choclatique, Running Press, 2011

Orange Chocolate Chip Chocolate MuffinMuffins are the all-American quick bread that is baked in small portions usually in the shape of cupcakes. Usually they are not as sweet as cupcakes and generally are not frosted. They may be filled with sweet fillings, such as chocolate, toffee or fruit—the most common being blueberries.

MuffinsMy muffins are made with both dark and milk chocolate. They are rich and tender, high-rising, and deep chocolaty—both in color and flavor—kissed with the flavor of fresh orange zest. Serve them warm right from the oven; spread them with butter, jam or better yet one of my chocolate butters. You will soon discover they are the totally decadent way to start the day.

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Ready In: 45 minutes
Yields 12 muffins

Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/3 cup Choclatique 72% Ebony Dark Chocolate Pastilles, melted
1 tablespoon orange zest
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup Choclatique Milk Chocolate Chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400º F.
  2. Lightly spray a 12 cup muffin pan with food release, or line with paper liners.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. In a separate medium bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time along with the melted chocolate then stir in the orange zest, orange juice, vanilla extract and buttermilk.
  5. Pour into the flour mixture, and mix just until evenly moist.
  6. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  7. Spoon or scoop batter into muffin cups.
  8. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  9. Let muffins cool in the pan on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes before removing from the pan.

ChefSecret: To make sure the chocolate chips don’t drop down to the bottom of the muffin tin, lightly toss them in flour before folding into the batter and they will stay suspended in the middle of the muffin.

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Chocolate: The Fashion Accessory That Never Goes Out Of Style

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

— Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique

Fashionable ChocolateA few weeks ago Choclatique had the privilege of being involved in a New York open house fashion event for editors, organized by Dell et Ruhs PR. Among the racks and racks of beautiful designer clothing and jewelry displayed in the penthouse, there stood a table filled with a stunning array of Choclatique confections. As we listened to the fashion editors compare a beautiful gold laced blouse with the gold leafed Bubbly assortment of Champagne Truffles, we realized that through the years one of the things that has stood the test of time and never gone out of style is delicious, premium chocolate.

Chocolate, like fashion, does change with the popular taste. It is a product of its time and takes into account aesthetics, design, and the person who will inevitably buy and enjoy it. It can range in price from very affordable to incredibly expensive, and can be found in almost every part of the world in some shape or form.

Chocolate Spread

We had the pleasure of serving Double Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Muffins, Choclatique Pure Power Bars, Bubbly, and our Dulce de Leche and Walnuts and Caramel confections to editors from some of the top media outlets including Self, Shape, Fitness, Lucky, People Style Watch, Celebrity Baby Blog, and many more. In addition to the scrumptious offerings we had at the suite, all editors left with a 4-piece Taste of our Jewel Box Collection. Being that everyone had nothing but good things to say about the samples they enjoyed while browsing through next season’s fashions, we consider this event to be a success.

Fashion and chocolate, it just doesn’t get any better.

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Gourmet Chocolate Gifts For The Holidays

Monday, October 19th, 2009

— Ed Engoron, Co-Founder of Choclatique

Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanza… I know it’s really early, but I was in a department store over the weekend and I saw Christmas decorations going up in the middle of October. I am old enough to remember when people gave of themselves before they gave of Mr. Macy and Mr. Bloomingdale.

Freshly Baked Goods

This was the time when gifts were very personal—things we made or freshly-baked with our own hands. It seems like America was quite a different place back then where it would have been unseemly to give a gift certificate instead of a tin of homemade chocolate fudge brownies or shop for a gift on Black Friday instead spending the day after Thanksgiving with family and friends.

Not only are home-baked chocolate gifts more personal than store bought ones, but they’re easier on your wallet, too. And, this year that’s very important for many people who are finding financial circumstances difficult. Why not share the joy of home-baked chocolate gifts with your friends around the holidays this year or any time of year? So, head for the kitchen, adorn one another with aprons, fire-up the mixer and light the oven, and begin to rediscover the fun of home baking.

Money

I was baking well before I was making gourmet chocolate. My family has always given home-baked goodies not just as gifts to show good will, but to show our love during the holidays to those around us. So every year, I bake and bake and then deliver fresh-baked presents to family, neighbors, friends and co-workers. We make sure to bake a little extra for the postman, the doctor’s office, work, etc. This way everyone feels special and not forgotten and we haven’t burned a hole in our wallets.

Let’s face it… there is really nothing better than the buttery goodness and rich chocolaty flavor of fresh hot-out-of-the-oven holiday brownies, muffins, cupcakes and cookies.

Baking

Baking is really not difficult at all. If you can read and follow a recipe, you can bake. If using a mix makes you feel more comfortable, then by all means use a mix. You can always make small adjustments in what you are baking as long as you don’t disrupt the balance of the base ingredients.

Needless to say my four favorites all start with chocolate—Chocolate, Chocolate Brownies; Double Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Muffins, Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Cookies and Chocolate Cupcakes. With or without a mix they’re easy to make, always delicious to eat, and you can’t go wrong with fine chocolate.

Chocolate Cake

Here are a couple of my holiday chocolate baking secrets. It makes no difference if you’re baking from scratch or from a store-bought mix, you can make your holiday baking more chocolaty by adding a couple of tablespoons of chocolate syrup, chocolate ganache or 3 tablespoons of ground chocolate. With the latter, I like to use a ground chocolate that’s at least 60% cacao (Choclatique Private Reserve Dark (64%) is perfect)—not ground chocolate chips. Any of these three ingredients give your chocolate cake a richer, more chocolaty flavor.

If you’re looking for more of a dark “blackout-style” chocolate cake, add ¼ cup of dark alkalized cocoa in place of ¼ of flour. In the case of a mix add 2 to 3 tablespoons of water with the cocoa.

If a pre-measured, fool-proof mix is what you prefer for baking, then let me recommend one of Choclatique’s new baking mixes. You can bake them up yourself (we’ll never tell anyone they’re from a mix and they’ll never know) and bring them over as a fresh-baked gift or you can give a bag of our mix as a great gift and have the recipient bake them at their leisure.

Double Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix

Brownie

If you like chocolate you will really love our rich, old-fashioned Double Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix. They are made with whole wheat flour and a blend of Choclatique’s Private Reserve 64% finely ground chocolate, Red (Rouge) Cocoa Powder, and dark, Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips. You will have fresh-baked Brownies with a crisp-baked crown with a chewy, fudgy center in just about 30 minutes that will leave your friends and family begging for more. Makes 8 to 12 brownies.

Double Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Muffins

Chocolate Muffin

Fresh, hot-out-of-the-oven muffins are always a special treat, especially when they’re chocolate! Double Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Muffins are light and fluffy yet intensely rich with chocolate flavor, and they easily prepared and ready to eat in only 20 minutes. They’re great for Sunday brunch, school or church bake sales, or to add some “special love” to a take-along lunch. Makes 6 jumbo, 12 regular, or 24 mini-muffins.

Ed’s Best Chocolate Chunk Cookie Mix

Chocolate Chip Cookies

This very special cookie recipe comes from my stash of favorite chocolate recipes. Ed’s Best Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix is a blend of whole wheat flour, ground chocolate, premium cocoa powders, brown sugar, and the secret ingredient—ground oatmeal. The finished cookies have a crispy outer crust and a cakey with a buttery texture center. Of course, they are loaded with Choclatique chocolate chips. Makes 24 cookies.

Almost Famous Chocolate Cupcake Mix

Cupcake

If you’re looking for a fun, informal and easy way to serve a special dessert for any occasion, then you’ll absolutely love our Almost Famous Chocolate Cupcakes. They’re superior to any store-bought cupcakes, and are super-easy to bake, frost and decorate at home. Almost Famous Chocolate Cupcakes are light in texture with a strong chocolate intensity. They are perfect any time, for any occasion. Almost Famous Chocolate Cupcake Mix is made with a blend of premium cocoa powders and ground chocolate. Makes 12 regular cupcakes.

Chocolate Ganache Frosting Mix

Chocolate Ganache Frosting

Top them all off with our Chocolate Ganache Frosting. Our Chocolate Ganache frosting is rich and luscious and perfect for topping brownies, muffins and cupcakes. It is even perfect for making a chocolate chip cookie sandwich filling. It just takes minutes to make.

All 5 Choclatique Baking Mixes are packaged in gold bags (great for chocolate gift giving). Buy one or all five and keep them handy for those “just-gotta-have-a-fresh-baked-chocolate-something” moments. Choclatique baking mixes also make great housewarming, shower and birthday gifts, or a not-so-subtle hint that you’d love some fresh-baked chocolate goodies tonight.

Holiday Gifts

So make the time in your schedule and open up your heart to home-baked chocolate gifts this year. Everyone will be talking about your great freshly-baked goods for months to come and asking for more.

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