August 26, 2016

Fabulolus Friday Flavour: Orange Chocolate Vlokken Muffins with Red Berries

Who wants muffins? Or if you prefer to refer to them as cupcakes instead, that would do too!

OK, one might argue though that the method and mixing process of making cupcakes vs muffins are different. Therefore it’s a cardinal sin to say that they are the same. Never mind that the ingredients are (almost) similar. The difference is stark!

Don’t believe me? Try comparing them on Diffen. In fact, you can compare just about anything your heart desires on this neat site I recently discovered! But I digress.

Back to muffins. Or cupcakes. I suppose muffins sound healthier than the latter with lesser use of sugar. Adding all sorts of fruits justifies that, too. Plus no one and I mean no.one. would bat an eyelid if you say you have had muffins for breakfast. Or that you fed your kids muffins for breakfast. 

Now try telling people you ate cupcakes for breakfast. And worse, feeding your kids cupcakes for breakfast! Gasp. Shock. Horror. 

See what I mean?

All of a sudden you’d be labelled as a bad parent for feeding your younglings cupcakes. So, to be sure that I am in the good parent circle, I not only bake cupcakes muffins, I also bake with the kids to teach them some responsibility. For good measure, I even allowed them to choose what goes into the cupcakes muffins so they learn to make decisions.

True to their Dutch blood, they chose vlokken (chocolate flakes) over hagelslag (chocolate sprinklers). Great addition to the orange and red berries muffin recipe I’d say! We then decided that the left-over hagelslag should not be wasted and promptly added the remainder into the cupcake muffin batter.

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This was the best cupcake muffin ever. It’s light, it’s fluffy, it’s soft and it’s moist. Best of all, the fusion of flavours from the fresh orange, red berries and the Dutch influence of vlokken and hagelslag make this cupcake/muffin so versatile that you’d have no guilt of having it for breakfast, a late morning and/or afternoon snack and even as a desert after lunch or/and dinner.

This grubbecipe is certainly worth a shot and I’m bringing this to Fiesta Friday. Besides, good parenting often always start with a good dose of cupcake muffin and a large portion of vlokken and hagelslag as a recipe to true happiness! And if you want frosting on top of it, I’d say go right ahead!

Orange Chocolate Vlokken Muffins with Red Berries
Yields 12
Easy orange-chocolate-red berry muffin with a touch of Dutch
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup fine sugar
  2. 1-2 tbsp orange zest
  3. Half a cup orange juice (fresh squeezed from the orange)
  4. 1 3/4 cup sifted all purpose flour
  5. 2.5 tspn baking powder
  6. 2 tspn baking soda
  7. Half tspn salt
  8. 2 large eggs
  9. 75g unsalted butter, melted and cooled (or use half cup of canola oil as alternative)
  10. 60ml sour cream
  11. 1/4 cup whole milk
  12. Half tspn vanilla extract
  13. 1 cup vlokken
  14. 1 cup hagelslag
  15. A handful of fresh red berries (or use it as toppings)
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 190 degrees Celsius
  2. Grease the muffin tray or prepare baking cups
  3. In a large bowl, toss sugar and orange zest
  4. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix together in the bowl. Make a well in the dry ingredients
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk melted butter , eggs, sour cream, milk, orange juice and vanilla extract. Whisk well and smooth
  6. Pour the wet ingredients into the well of the dry ingredients. Then stir until combined. Do not over mix.
  7. Lastly, fold in the hagelslag and vlokken
  8. Scoop the batter into the individual muffin cups up to 2cm to the top. The add a few red berries on top
  9. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Watch that it doesn't burn and to be sure if it's cooked thoroughly, insert a wooden stick. If it comes out clean, you are good to go!
  10. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes then remove the muffins to let it cool completely.
  11. Important: Devour quickly!
Notes
  1. You can always choose not to include the chocolate or substitute the hagelslag/vlokken with chocolate chips or sprinkler. Or if you wish, add raisins. Or blueberry. Or whatever fruits you fancy!
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  1. That looks so good, Ann! What kind of red berries did you use? Raspberries? Those are my favorite. Already have two desserts on to-make list but after that I’m baking cupcakes…ahem, muffins 😀

    • Thank you, Jas! I’m so happy this actually turned out pretty well! I used red currants – mainly because I had leftovers and didn’t want to waste…but these were a bit sour, so I had to tell the kids to take it slow! LOL. Raspberries would have been ideal and I love them too, but I was too lazy to go out to buy them for a bunch of cupcakes muffins. Hehehe!

      • I like red currants, but they are hard to find here. Another reason I need to visit you, haha!

        • Really? I wouldn’t have guessed that red currants are hard to find there. I think we’d have a blast Jas, if you are ever visiting! 😀 xoxo

  2. Yumm! They look so good! They sound so good! I will have to try it out!

    • Try it, Sandra! I’ve tried several muffin recipes, and so far, this one turns out the best! 🙂

  3. The muffins look yummy but I have to ask what a Vlokken or hagelslag is. I will try looking it up. Never heard of that before.

    • I should have put up a picture of them, silly me! LOL. Vlokken (plural. the singular is vlok)) is actually flakes in Dutch. Made of chocolates. And hagelslag are sprinklers made of chocolates (like chocolate rice). They come in all sorts of colours here and kids (some adults) eat them with bread. 😀

  4. I think the ‘argument’ between muffins and cupcakes will stay forever. These muffins (or whatever others call them) are so good and I’d love to have them for my breakfast. Yum! Happy FF!

    • It would! The hardcore ones who would stay strong to the difference wouldn’t be too happy to use muffins/cupcakes interchangeably. Me on the other hand….LOL. Thanks for stopping by, Jhul! Happy FF to you too!

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