Orange Chocolate Chunk Muffins | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Orange Chocolate Chunk Muffins

Orange Chocolate Chunk Muffins | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

It’s midweek and my brain is fried. I should be coming up with clever words, but yet again, I’m empty. 

Orange Chocolate Chunk Muffins | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I made you Orange Chocolate Chunk Muffins, and they’re awesome. I made these the first time without the chocolate, and they were perfectly fine. The chocolate is what makes these muffins really sing. 

These muffins have a slightly crunchy outer crust and are lighter than air on the inside, just like muffins are meant to be. They’re also perfectly portable if you need to take your breakfast on the road. Pair them with tea or coffee, and you’re winning.

Orange Chocolate Chunk Muffins | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Muffins are good. Chocolate is great. Life is weird. Get into it.

Orange Chocolate Chunk Muffins
Serves 12
Orange Chocolate Chunk Muffins are totally awesome.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 75 grams unsalted butter, melted
  2. 250 grams self-rising flour
  3. 25 grams ground almonds
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  6. 75 grams sugar
  7. zest of 1 orange
  8. 100 ml orange juice
  9. 100 ml whole milk
  10. 1 egg
  11. 1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200C (400F) and line your muffin pan with 12 muffin papers.
  2. Melt your butter first thing and allow it to cool a bit while you get on with the rest of your batter.
  3. In a mixing bowl, add flour, ground almonds, baking soda, baking powder, sugar, and orange zest. Whisk carefully to combine.
  4. In another container, such as a large measuring cup, add orange juice, milk, egg, and melted butter. Whisk to combine.
  5. Add your wet ingredients to your mixing bowl, and fold together with a rubber spatula quickly and gently until just combined. Add in the chocolate chunks and fold to combine.
  6. Scoop your batter into your waiting muffin cups. Bake for about 20 minutes or a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool slightly on a wire rack, and eat warm.
Adapted from Nigella Bites by Nigella Lawson
http://awesomeon20.com/
Welsh Rarebit Muffins | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day
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Welsh Rarebit Muffins

Welsh Rarebit Muffins | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

The weather in Glasgow this week has been positively horrid. Snow, rain, freezing temperature, high winds… It’s no bomb cyclone, but it’s definitely not inviting us to enjoy the great outdoors. And what do we do when we’re stuck inside? Well, I guess some people play video games, but the cool kids bake.

If you’re new to baking or nervous about your skill level, muffins are the perfect place to start. Other than a muffin pan, duh, you don’t need any fancy equipment, just a mixing bowl, large measuring cup, and a spoon. I actually use a whisk and a rubber spatula, but a spoon would do nearly as well. And the finished product is absolutely delicious. 

Welsh Rarebit Muffins | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

These Welsh Rarebit Muffins are cheesy and oh so savoury. I’m guessing this is what all those food nerds refer to as umami. That savoury intensity in these muffins comes from a generous dose of Worcestershire sauce. You don’t need to know how to pronounce it to love it. It provides a hit of savoury oomph to any recipe. In these muffins, it’s a major player, along with the sharpest cheddar cheese you can get your hands on.

These muffins are great on their own, but I think they could also add significantly to your enjoyment of a hearty stew. It’s still not considered polite in most places to lick your bowl, and that’s where a Welsh Rarebit Muffin suddenly becomes dinner’s best friend. 

Welsh Rarebit Muffins | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Don’t go out there, kids. It’s not pleasant. Stay inside and bake Welsh Rarebit Muffins. It’s gonna be awesome.

Welsh Rarebit Muffins
Serves 12
Welsh-Rarebit Muffins are a cheesy, savoury delight.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1-1/2 cup self-rising flour
  2. 1/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  3. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  7. 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese, plus extra for the top of each muffin
  8. 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  9. 1/2 cup plus two tablespoons greek yogurt
  10. 1/2 cup whole milk
  11. 1 egg
  12. 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400F (200C) and line your muffin pan with twelve muffin papers.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add your two types of flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, mustard powder, and cheese. Whisk gently to combine.
  3. In another container, such as a large measuring cup, add your vegetable oil, greek yogurt, milk, egg, and Worcestershire sauce. Whisk to thoroughly combine.
  4. Ditch your whisk and switch over to a rubber spatula. Add your wet ingredients to the mixing bowl, and quickly but gently combine until everything is just moistened. Don't panic over a few lumps and try not to stir for more than 15 seconds.
  5. Divide your muffin batter into your 12 muffin cups as evenly as possible. I use a medium sized scoop fr this. Bake your muffins for 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Then take your muffin pan out of the oven, carefully add a final sprinkling of grated cheese to the top of each muffin, and put them back in the oven for another 3-5 minutes.
  6. Allow the muffins to cool for a couple of minutes, then turn them out onto a wire rack. Best eaten warm.
Adapted from Nigella Bites by Nigella Lawson
http://awesomeon20.com/
Explore: Brussels, Belgium

Explore: Brussels, Belgium

Explore: Brussels, Belgium

We’ve had nearly constant snow fall for the past 22 hours, so this seems like the perfect time for me to finally share some photos from our visit to Brussels over the summer. 

Explore: Brussels, Belgium

Brussels is chock full of historical architecture, and the Grand Place is pretty spectacular. We had fun going around and checking out all the old guild halls trying to decipher their names and figure out which guild they represented. There’s also no shortage of chocolate shops to pop into if only to dream about tasting the expensive Belgian chocolate.

Explore: Brussels, Belgium

Majestic churches were absolutely everywhere, and they’re usually free to go inside and gawk at.

Explore: Brussels, Belgium

My future U.S. Congresswoman definitely had to visit the EU Parlaiment site. This is also free to go inside and have a look around when not in session. They even give you a free audio guide. Just make sure to bring your passport with you. We also got to walk through a pretty park to get there. Bonus!

Explore: Brussels, Belgium

Brussels is big, so if you plan on getting around on foot, make sure you wear comfortable shoes and bring water with you. There’s not a shop on every corner like there might be in other places. Food is also pretty expensive in restaurants, so I recommend carrying some snacks with you for hangry emergencies. 

Explore: Brussels, Belgium

We did hop on the subway to venture a little further out of town to visit a park that was once the site of a world expo. They have a giant model of an atom and a few other random structures still standing. It was also nice to spend half a day in a wide open green space after being in cities for so long.

Explore: Brussels, Belgium

The architecture of Brussels is pretty unique. Belgium is a French/Flemish/Dutch mash up, and that’s very evident in Brussels. Some streets were reminiscent of Paris while others reminded us strongly of Amsterdam. These all exist side by side in this big, beautiful, crazy city.

Explore: Brussels, Belgium

Brussels was interesting, and I’d definitely visit again. I can never get enough of waffles and chocolate. 

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