I sampled some clementines at the Jean Talon Market in Montreal this weekend and was blown away by their incredible flavour. I brought a bunch of them all the way home to Toronto but I didn’t want to just eat them in their raw form. Every time I passed them at the kitchen counter, I wondered how I should use them.
My son was sitting at our kitchen island eating his lunch when he said, “mom, why don’t we make clementine muffins?” This is nothing new as my son requests that I turn all fruits and vegetables into a muffin. This time, however, I actually got excited about the suggestion. I love orange paired with chocolate so I knew I would be adding in some dark chocolate as well. Also, I kind of discriminate against muffins that don’t have any chocolate in them (and so does my son!)
Months ago I made doughnuts and incorporated brown butter into them and I have been wanting to try this again with another recipe. The brown butter adds a nuttiness to baked goods that is quite unique. I decided these muffins would be the perfect recipe for that.
Food can really tell the perfect story like one of the seasons changing. It is the end of summer, when local clementines are in abundance and I have complimented them with quintessential fall flavours like cinnamon, brown sugar, and cloves. I added walnuts to the crumb topping for some texture and nuttiness. Crumbs all on their own are a bit weird to me.
These clementines are usually bought by the case so I hope you save a few to make these muffins. You will need four of them to be exact – the rest you can snack on at your leisure.
If you don’t have dark chocolate, I suggest you go out and buy some because it really compliments the clementines beautifully. Milk chocolate doesn’t have enough cocoa in it.
I made my glaze and put it into a squeeze bottle. It makes for easy drizzling and is a lot more fun!
I hope you enjoy my summer to fall muffins. Of course, you can make them again in the winter months using the imported clementine variety (but we encourage the use of local produce here 😉
Enjoy the end of summer!