Monday, July 30, 2007

More Dorie
--Orange Berry Muffins

Orange Berry Muffins
Baking From My Home To Yours Copyright 2006

Grated zest and juice of one orange
About ¾ cup buttermilk
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons honey
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1/3 cup sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup blueberries – fresh, preferably, or frozen (not thawed)
Decorating sugar for topping (optional)

Getting Ready: Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Butter or spray the 12 molds of a regular-size muffin tin or fit the molds with paper muffin cups.
Place the muffin pan on a baking sheet.

Pour the orange juice into a large glass measuring cup or a bowl and pour in enough buttermilk to make 1 cup. Whisk in the eggs, honey and melted butter.

In a large bowl, run the sugar and orange zest together with your fingertips until the sugar is moist and the fragrance of orange is strong. Whisk in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and, with a whisk or rubber spatula, gently but quickly stir to blend. Don’t worry about being thorough – the batter will be lumpy and bubbly, and that’s just the way it should be. Stir in the blueberries. Divide the batter evenly among 12 muffin cups.

Bake for 22 to 25 minutes. If you want to top the muffins with decorating sugar, sprinkle the sugar on after the muffins have baked for 10 minutes. When fully baked, the tops of the muffins will be golden and springy to the touch and a thin knife inserted in the center of the muffins will come out clean. Transfer the pan to a rack and cool for 3 minutes before carefully removing each muffin from it’s mold.

Makes 12 muffins.

I froze some blueberries before leaving for vacation last week so I went hunting for a blueberry recipe. I really didn't want a muffin, coffee cake or pie recipe but you know, that doesn't leave much else! So I did settle for a muffin recipe but one with just a slight twist.

These smelled so good. I was able to get so much zest off of that one orange using my handy-dandy microplane that the orange flavor was nicely intense. I really liked the orange with the blueberries. I did get a little heavy handed with the blueberries which had consequences. The extra berries just sunk to the bottom. They would have been a little bit prettier inside if I had just used the one cup the recipe called for but I threw in about another half cup of them.

So far the weather looks good for my cookout on Saturday. Please, please let the forecast stay that way.

Blast From The Past: Big Chocolate Chip Cookies from July 2006. I was thinking about making cc cookies for my cookout. I love, love this recipe but I'm wondering if it's time to experiment again.

Question of the Day: What's the last new recipe you've tried?


Anonymous said...

You asked the right question at the right time for me. Normally, I probably wouldn't have anything to report, BUT in the last three days, I've tried three, yes three, new recipes.

First was Pork Chops Paprika - very good. Next was Moussaka - very good also, but not one that I'm totally satisfied with. I'll try another. Last night I made Hush Puppies for the first time. Next time I will get the frozen ones, if that's the best I can do! I thought they were terrible, nothing like the ones in the restaurants. Determined person that I am, I'm sure I'll try other recipes until I get one I like.
Also I recently made Scotch Eggs for the first time. I like them for breakfast.


Wanda said...

I'm not sure if you can call it a recipe, but inspired by two shish-kabob skewers I found at Goodwill, I made shish-kabobs last Saturday.

But all I did was put chicken breast pieces that I marinated in Greek/Italian dressing, bell pepper pieces and small onions on the skewers and send them across the fence to DS#3 to grill for us.

They were 'okay', but not that flavorful. Maybe I should look up an actual recipe for them next time. Ha!

Patricia Scarpin said...

These look great! I love Dorie's recipes.

Unknown said...

I've recently tried several new recipes...the peach cake I posted, my post for ARF - a tomato spinach strata - and yesterday some oatmeal strawberry cookies. All will be posted sooN! I also made some blueberry muffins a couple of weeks ago and plan to do somemore tonight with a new recipe.

ThursdayNext said...

I tried this awesome turkey burger recipe with shredded carrots, zucchini, onion, and oregano with a yummy garlic mayo. Mmmm.

Hilary said...

I Dorie's not-so Perfection Pound Cake and it was DRY. I wish I had remembered your review of it before I made it. Blech. But still, I love Dorie.

meddlingkidd said...

I made Pulled pork for the first time this weekend! It was delicious! We had it two nights in a row and then ate what was left as a midnight snack on crackers! Yum!


Red Dirt Mummy said...

Made Chicken Dippers for dinner last night and am currently making a Nigella recipe for tonight's dinner. There has been lots of cooking at the House of Red Dirt!

Annie said...

Oh, great I was looking for a muffin recipe that uses zest and juice of a fresh orange. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I have that book but have yet to bake anything out of it. With fresh blueberrys at the market, I may have to give this a try soon.
As for new...uh..yeah...that Twinkie laughing it tasted really good!

Erik said...

Hi 'CJ',

About those sinking berries - I read a great suggestion awhile back that works very well: just before you add the berries into the , toss them with some flour to give them a light coating. The flour helps keep the berries from slipping in the batter during baking, leaving you with a more even distribution. I've tried it and it does seem to work.