It is dark and stormy outside. Lots of thunder and lightening. It is the perfect day to stay inside in your jammies and watch movies. I am fairly incapable of concentrating on anything else because I am watching Season 2 of Downton Abbey on my iPad. I am so into this show, I love everything about it. Of course, the fact that it is British, doesn’t hurt. The costumes are perfection, the characters strong, and I love the grandmother. The stuff that comes out her mouth is nothing short of amazing. I am suddenly craving afternoon tea served on my china with a scone of some sort. Or maybe a muffin. Like an orange and white chocolate one.
I don’t know why I do not make muffins more often. They are so easy. You measure out a few ingredients, mix wet into dry, and 20 minutes later, you have a delectable muffin to eat for breakfast or snack. The secret to a good muffin is to not overwork the batter. Mix the batter until everything is just combined. It is okay to be lumpy, it guarantees a tender muffin. These little orange and white chocolate chip muffins are like little muffins of sunshine. When you bake with white chocolate chips, they almost get caramelized. I love how the flavor changes.
1 2/3 cups flour
1/3 cup cornmeal
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup sugar
6 Tablespoons vegetable oil
3/4 cup milk
1 orange (zest and juice)
1 cup white chocolate chips
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking soda, baking powder, and sugar.
In a measuring cup, mix together oil, egg, milk, the zest from the orange, and the juice of that orange.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix until it just comes together. It will be lumpy and that is okay.
Stir in 3/4 cup white chocolate chips.
Line a muffin tin with paper liners. Divide the batter into cups. Sprinkle the tops with the remaining chocolate chips.
Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 20 minutes. Cool on a rack.