Thursday, March 8, 2012

Cinnamon Orange Muffins


Yesterday was orange and chocolate day, today is orange and cinnamon. Pretty much I think I could add orange flavor to nearly every recipe and be fine. When I first found this recipe I was unsure if I would love the orange and cinnamon flavor together. I was not too surprised when I made 48 of these muffins and they were gone before the next day! My family and friends devoured these muffins at a family gathering. They were the hit of the brunch. They are not too strong of orange flavoring, but just enough that you leave your guest wondering what the little citrus kick is from. These muffins were extremely moist and the strudel on top was a perfectly sweet addition to this recipe!

Cinnamon Orange Muffins
2/3 c. canola oil
1 c. freshly squeezed orange juice
1 c. buttermilk (I used milk and a little lemon juice)
4 eggs
1 1/2 c. white sugar
2 T. sour cream
1 t. vanilla extract
Zest of one orange (about 1 T.)
Mix together in a large mixing bowl and then add:
4 c. flour
1 T. baking powder
1 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon
Combine dry ingredients together with the wet batter and beat until smooth (don't over mix). Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease 24-30 muffin tins and line with paper liners. Fill the muffin cups 2/3 of the way full and prepare the strudel topping.

Strudel Topping:
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. flour
3 t. cinnamon
4 T. butter, softened
Melt the butter slightly and combine with the brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Break up the streudel topping into small pieces. Place 1-2 T. of the strudel mixture on top of each muffin.

Bake the muffins for 18-22 minutes in a preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin, comes out clean. Cool muffins in the pan or on a wire rack.


5 comments:

Raysha said...

These look and sound amazing. I will have to try the recipe soon. Thanks!

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Shandra said...

Thanks for your comment Raysha. I think you will love them ;)

Lindsay said...

Made these this morning. Not as orangey as I thought they'd be but so very good!

Claire said...

I'm just starting to perfect the art of baking blueberry muffins but now I wanna jump to this recipe, yum!

Shandra said...

Lindsay,

I agree! I could have even more orange flavor and be fine. I thought next time I would add more zest and maybe some orange extract. It is subtle, but yummy ;) Thanks for your comment, I am glad you liked them!

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