I was going to call these Vitamin C Muffins as I think of them that way and last week, believe me, we all needed some more vitamin C around here. We're all still fighting colds - the kind with the cough that drags on and on. Of course, this could be because of what I like to call the 'Olympics Fun' outings we've been having while the games have been on here in Vancouver. We've headed out on either milder, but wet days or sunny, but cooler days. We've been having some amazingly mild weather here, but occasionally that cold stuff will sneak up on us. Here are some pictures while we were out amongst the Olympics fun around town.
I'm going to do a vegan version of these muffins, so watch out for that!
I adapted my recipe from one in my The Complete Canadian Living Baking Book: The Essentials of Home Baking, a beautiful book with much more for me to try out. Theirs are Date Orange Muffins. I used raisins, more orange juice and I added 1/4 cup of wheat germ. Here's my adapted recipe:
- 2 cups (500 ml) all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup (125 ml) granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons (25 to 30 ml) grated orange rind
- 2 tsp (10 ml) baking powder
- 1 tsp (5 ml) baking soda
- 1/2 tsp (2 ml) salt
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup (175 ml) orange juice
- 1/4 cup (50 ml) milk
- 1/4 cup (50 ml) vegetable oil
- 1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla
- 1 cup (250 ml) raisins
Preheat oven to 375⁰ F (190⁰ C).
Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners or grease them.
In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, orange rind, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In another bowl, beat egg; whisk in orange juice, milk, oil and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients.
Stir just until the dry ingredients are moist. Spoon into prepared muffin cups. filling three-quarters full.
Bake in the centre of the oven until firm to the touch, about 20 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Transfer to cooling rack to let the muffins cool. These can be stored at room temperature for a few days or frozen for up to 2 weeks. I actually had a few of these longer than 2 days and found warming them in the microwave had them tasting - almost - fresh baked.