Prep 1 hr
Cook 30 mins
I came up with this recipe because I love Terry's Chocolate Orange and I love Cranberry Orange muffins. This is one of my best desserts, even though I usually only make it around the holidays. Try it, it is delicious.
For the muffins
- 1 1⁄3 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1⁄4 teaspoons salt
- 3⁄4 cup sugar
- 1 large orange, grated peel only
- 6 tablespoons butter, cut into 1 " pieces
- 2 large eggs
- 1 large orange, juice only
- 1 1⁄4 cups fresh sliced cranberries
For the chocolate
- 1 white chocolate terry's chocolate tobler oranges or 1 milk chocolate, whacked,unwrapped,and chopped into small pieces (or half of each)
For the pudding sauce
- 1 package orange pudding (4 serving size)
- 1 package vanilla pudding mix (4 serving size)
- 4 cups milk
For the topping
- 1 (8 ounce) container Cool Whip, thawed
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease muffin pan cups.
- Mix wet ingredients the add dry, beating until just combined.
- Fill each tin 3/4 full and bake 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean.
- Let muffins cool completely and then slice each into at least 3 slices.
- Set aside.
- Mix together pudding ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
- BTW, if you can't find the orange pudding mix, use 2 (4 serving size) packages vanilla pudding mix and add the zest of one orange.
- To assemble the trifle, layer half of muffin slices, then half of chocolate orange bits, then half of pudding mixture.
- Repeat with remaining ingredients and top with Cool Whip.
- Refrigerate until serving time.
Let me begin by saying how absolutely incredible I thought the muffins alone were. I ended up having to make a second batch, since my husband, myself, and a guest had to sample these tantalizing gems as soon as they emerged from the oven. The trifle was made as a dessert for Thanksgiving. It was the perfect counterpoint to that heavy meal. Not only was it a smashing success at my in-laws, but I took the leftovers to a friends' house, as they ate later than we did. She reported to me last night that there were now no leftovers, and not a single person touched the only other dessert there, a pumpkin pie. Absolutely fabulous!
Made this as part of an experimental dinner. I modified it by substituting whipped cream with orange and vanilla extracts added to it. Also, I cut each muffin into fifths. Since orange pudding was not available, I used 2 boxes of French Vanilla with the zest of an orange. Lastly, I added additional chocolate shards to the very top. My guests loved it, but warning, it is very rich. Next time I might try a splash of Grand Marnier in the whipped cream instead of the extracts.
This is wonderful! I didn't use cranberries in the muffin recipe as i don't care for them. I also couldn't find orange pudding so I used white chocolate instead, I brought it to a family funtion and it was the first dessert asked for and the first one to disappear! And s'kat is right the muffins themselves are great just for eating, I wish I would have doubled the recipe!!!