This recipe has been handwritten into one of my recipe books, with a note beside it saying, “From Mum”. However, in looking through another recipe book dedicated solely to muffins, I found a recipe that was identical, so I’m guessing my mum got it from Alison Holst!
It’s such a simple recipe (not peeling or de-pithing the orange saves so much time), but can easily go wrong. If you mix the orange and liquids for too long in the food processor, the mixture becomes too thick, and if you over-mix the wets into the dries even slightly, the resulting muffins are dense and stodgy.
Overcooking them by just a minute makes a huge difference, too, as I discovered yesterday when I was called to console a miserable little boy who’d taken a tumble at the playground with Daddy, and the muffins were momentarily forgotten!
Don’t let that scare you off though! The flavour is light and sweet, with a delicious citrus scent as you take the first bite, and the walnuts are nice textural contrast. I’ve made them with chocolate chips in the past, and they, too, are delicious.
Whole Orange Muffins – makes 12
1 c sugar
1/2 c milk
100g butter, melted
1 1/2 c plain flour
1 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1/2 c walnuts, chopped
Preheat oven to 200degC; line a 12-hole muffin pan with paper or silicone cases.
Cut unpeeled orange into eight pieces, removing any seeds; add to food processor (including skin and pith) with sugar and process until orange is very finely chopped.
Add egg, milk and butter; process until just combined.
Sift dry ingredients in a large bowl; add orange mixture and walnuts, and fold gently until just mixed (a few lumps of flour are fine).
Spoon mixture into prepared pan and bake for 12-14 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through.
Recipe: ‘Muffins’, by Alison Holst
(I had one of these for dessert on Sunday night, as a little treat, but I think I’ll be leaving the rest for Tall and Tiny – Pickle suffered from awful wind that night (so awful that I got just half an hour’s sleep between 9.30pm and 3.00am), and when I checked the list of foods to be wary of provided to me by Elizabeth, sure enough, citrus and walnuts are there.)