I can say with full confidence that blood oranges are my favorite citrus fruit. I have a soft spot for grapefruit, but blood orange is hands down my favorite. The deep, red color paired with the ruby red and slightly-tart and sweet flavor of the juice, blood oranges are great for baking and for juicing. This recipe for chocolate blood orange mini loaves is created in honor of two of my favorite things: chocolate and citrus fruit.
Blood oranges differ from traditional oranges in a few different ways:
It doesn't! If anything, it adds a gentle sweetness to the loaves, and a really beautiful overall color as it bakes. I love adding any citrus to a bake as it really lifts the flavor and texture.
If you bake on a regular basis, you already have most of these ingredients in your pantry or fridge, but here's the full list of what you need:
This recipe is insanely easy to make! Start by preheat the oven to 350º and grease a mini loaf pan. To a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar until combined. Pour in the oil, milk, vanilla, fresh squeezed blood orange juice and zest. Whisk again.
To the same bowl, pour in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and whisk to just combine. Do not over mix. Pour in the chocolate discs or chips and fold in with spatula until just incorporated. Divide the batter evenly among the mini loaf pan, topping with a few extra chocolate discs or chips. Top with a little demerara sugar (optional). Bake for 28 minutes.
Follow these super easy steps when making these mini loaves and you'll impress yourself!
When storing these chocolate blood orange mini loaves, be sure to use an air tight container. It's best not to put them in the fridge as they will dry out. leaving them out on the counter for 2-3 days is ideal. Plus, freeze any of the portions for another day.
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The best of both worlds combine to make the most perfect breakfast treat. Chocolate and blood orange are the stars of the show in this mini loaf recipe, and once you make it, there's no turning back!
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