I have this friend, you see. Her name is Lisa. She and her twin host this blog carnival called, "TEMPT MY TUMMY TUESDAY" or TMTT for short. I go through spells in posting. I was doing good for awhile. Then I ran out of ideas or time or something. Well....I'm back. And this is a keeper!
I did cup cakes (the recipe made 24, but I would think a tube or fluted pan would work well, too.)
Here are all the ingredients:
zest from 4 oranges
1/2 pound of butter (room temp)
2 cups sugar
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup fresh OJ
6 oz buttermilk
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups choc chunks (I used Baker's semisweet and cut into chunks....one 8-oz box was perfect)
1 cup OJ
1 cup sugar
1 pound semisweet chips
1 cup heavy cream
2 tsp instant coffee powder
Cream 2 sticks of butter and sugar for about 5 minutes.
Add the eggs, one at a time.
Add zest of all oranges
In a separate bowl, sift/mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt
In another bowl, mix 1/2 cup OJ, buttermilk and vanilla.
Add the dry and wet ingredients to the sugar/butter mixture. Alternate: dry - wet - dry - wet - dry (do not overbeat.)
Toss the chocolate chunks with a dusting of flour. (This will keep the chocolate from sinking to the bottom of the pan.) Fold the chocolate into the batter with a spatula, being careful not to over mix.
Put into pan. Not sure of the time...maybe 350 for 45 minutes? The cupcakes were at 350 for 28 minutes.
While baking, make a syrup. Mix the OJ and the sugar. Heat to clear. (Bring to slight boil to dissolve.)
Ganache: over a double broiler (or even in a microwave) melt/mix the coffee granules, chocolate and cream. Stir until shiny and smooth. You want the chocolate to drizzle smoothly, not gloppily. (is that even a word?) So add more cream if you need.
When the cakes are done, remove from pan. Spoon or brush syrup over the top. You don't have to soak it in or use it all, but a nice amount. Do this over a warm cake so it will soak in more.
When cakes are cooled, either spoon ganache to sit on top and drip down sides or drizzle with spoon for a stringy look.
If you have any questions or want any other recipes, let me know. Tell me how they do!!!