Essence of Orange Muffins
1 cup whole milk (if you want to be healthy, use skim or low-fat milk)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
Zest of 1 orange, preferably organic
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. grated orange zest, preferably organic
TO MAKE THE MUFFINS:
1. Preheat the oven to to 350 degrees F. Grease 8 Texas-size (3 1/2 inches in diameter and 2 inches deep) muffin cups with butter or cooking spray or line them with muffin wrappers.
2. Whisk together the milk, orange juice, sour cream, eggs, and butter in a medium mixing bowl.
3. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients and stir just until the flour is incorporated. Gently fold the orange zest into the batter.
4. Spoon the batter into the muffin pan, filing each cup just to the top. Bake the muffins for about 25 minutes, until they are golden brown around the edges and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
5. Cool the muffins in the pans for about 5 minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack and glaze. (This would be a great time to eat them, too.)
TO MAKE THE GLAZE:
1. Combine the orange juice, powdered sugar, and zest in a medium bowl. Spread the mixture on top of each muffin. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Yield: 8 Texas-size muffins
Recipe from: The Pastry Queen by Rebecca Rather with Alison Oresman