Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Whole orange muffins

What do you do with a fruit bowl full of oranges? I was feeling too poor to make a flourless orange cake (almond meal is so expensive!) and most other orange recipes I know only call for the rind of orange of the juice of one orange... not 5 oranges. So I decided to try making my own muffin recipe and the results were very pleasing! These were a winner! Makes 12 muffins.

5 oranges
60 g butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 1/2 cups self raising flour
Extra 3 tablespoons sugar
  • Preheat the oven to 180C (fan forced) or 200C for conventional oven. Grease the muffin pans.
  • Cut the oranges into quarters and peel the skin away. Chop the oranges coarsely and mash a bit with a fork. Place the oranges in a sieve to collect about 1/2 cup juice.
  • Combine the orange pulp, eggs, butter and sugar.
  • Combine the flour and ginger. Stir into the wet ingredients until just combined. Do not over mix!
  • Spoon the mixture into the muffin pans and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat the orange juice and remaining sugar in a saucepan, bring to the boil for 5 minutes until the mixture thickens. Set aside.
  • Remove muffins from the oven and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes. Place them on a wire rack to cool. As they are cooling, place a sheet of aluminium foil under the rack (for easy cleaning) and brush the top of the muffins with the orange syrup.

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