March 10, 2013

Sunday Morning Mandarin Muffins

I don't want to just eat. I don't want to just sate the physiological hunger. I want to savour. I want my food to fill me beyond my rumbling stomach. Sunday morning breakfasts should be lovely, warm, gentle, and slow. That is precisely what this morning was. In the low-angle morning light that filled my still quiet kitchen, I mixed and stirred and peeked in the oven, watching the crumbly tops of these luscious muffins turn golden. While the muffins baked and filled my home with the smell of warm cinnamon, I poured iced pink grapefruit juice and dished up mango greek yoghurt topped fresh blackberries. Then we sat, looking out at the fresh, thick blanket of snow covering the trees, ate warm muffins, and laughed at the Sunday comics. It was how all Sunday mornings should be.

Sunday morning sustenance.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 11oz tin of mandarin oranges, drained

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the egg; beat well. Add the milk and vanilla; mix well.
  3. Pour the milk mixture into a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Mix only until moist.
  4. Gently stir the mandarin oranges into the batter.
  5. Fill large greased muffin cups 2/3 full. Sprinkle with topping (listed below).
  6. Bake for 22 minutes on middle rack in oven set at 400F. (If you use regular size muffin cup tin, bake for 20 minutes.

Blend together:
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons oatmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Enjoy! :D


Reena P said...

So you've totally motivated me to make these! Adding a little orange zest might also help enhance the orange flavor... =) said...

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Rocky Lemuel Garcia said...

Orange muffins sounds really delicious. I'm going to try this when I have my oven. Sugar Crusher

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Brittany Greene said...

home cooked orange muffins sounds right up my alley, I'll be trying these shortly

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Anonymous said...

I feel like I am going to ignore my diet plans after reading your recipes. It's good thing I still have my weight loss supplements. I just can't resists muffins. Thanks for posting.

Agnieszka Oleś said...

Your photos looks sooooo delicious :)

Daniel Bassey said...

yummy ....

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Katie Marsh said...

How is it that every time I make something similar to this, they crumble and are wicked dry!?

These look fantastic, I'll have to try them

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