Chocolate Chip Orange Muffin

Jean Bernstein
April 14, 2020
Prep Time: 30min.
Servings: 12-14
A favorite flavor: Chocolate and Orange

This delicious, charming muffin is one of our very first recipes, from way back when the bakery was on the alley behind our Nob
Hill Double Rainbow/Flying Star. Its creator was a veteran baker from El Paso named Louie. Louie was not a pastry chef, but he
had the sweet soul of an artist. He also was a traveling man who had troubles at home – he left and returned several times, but
never stayed for long. We still make his recipes to this day.

PS: For our recipes, you’ll need a little kitchen scale because we mostly think in pounds and ounces – sometimes we use a measuring spoon.


• 9.5 oz vegetable oil

• 8.3 oz brown sugar

• 5.5 oz whole eggs (about 4 - 5 large)

• 1.25 tsp real vanilla extract

• 5 oz frozen orange juice concentrate
(DO NOT sub regular orange juice)

• 1 tsp orange oil/extract (you might need
to adjust the next batch to taste)

• 18 oz all purpose flour (for GF, you can
sub Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Flour 1:1)

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 1 level teaspoon baking Soda

• 5 oz buttermilk

• 5 oz good quality semi-sweet chocolate

• 1 can mandarin orange slices

• Coarse sugar (to taste)


1. In a mixing bowl combine vegetable oil and brown
sugar. Using a paddle, mix until smooth.

2. Add eggs, vanilla extract, frozen orange juice
concentrate, and orange oil then mix until smooth.

3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, and
baking soda. Add ½ of the dry mixture into the wet
ingredients and stir to combine.

4. Add ½ of the buttermilk to the mixing bowl and
stir to combine. Add the remaining ½ of the dry
mixture to the mixing bowl along with the rest of
the buttermilk. Mix until smooth. The batter will be
somewhat soft and wet.

5. Add chocolate chips and mix to incorporate.

6. Pour batter into well buttered and floured muffin
tins, sprinkle with coarse sugar to taste, then bake
at 375°F - just until a toothpick comes out clean.

(To make these muffins a little fancier, place a canned
mandarin orange slice on top of each muffin before or
just after baking.)

1 Comment

  1. Tonie

    I do not bake, but I am willing to try these, because they are my absolute favorite muffin with my favorite flavors!


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