Thursday, July 31, 2008
Now that I'm left with quite a few candied orange sticks in the house, I have to find clever ways to use them in my cooking. The kids and I feasted on a few plain ones, and then had some more dipped in chocolate. It was all nice, until the sugar buzz kicked in and I started running laps around the kitchen. My children were quite entertained by their mother's unusual twitchy high. They miraculously seemed immune to the effect it was having on me, and I had to wonder if their tolerance is not a sign of how poorly I monitor their sweet tooth. I am of the philosophy that taking it away only makes them crave it more and I refuse to be the food police. What I do is provide ample healthy choices, nutritional information, as well as alternatives and most of the time they make the right choices. Anyway, back to the candied orange sticks... I decided that a good way to start the day would be by baking a fresh batch of muffins. There is something delightful about the combination of rosemary and oranges. It's like two friends getting together after a long time living apart and picking up right where they left off: compatibility in every bite.
Candied Orange Muffins with Rosemary (makes 12)
Here's a great way to use up the candied orange sticks you've made, or bought.
Those muffins are delicious, sweet and so moist. If you are not concerned about wheat-free, gluten-free requirements feel free to substitute the funky flours for 1 cup of whole wheat flour and 1 cup of all purpose, omit the xantham gum and continue as indicated with the baking powder and salt. However, if you like to experiment with new products the combination of those unusual flours might just delight you.
Preheat oven 375F
In one bowl put the following wet ingredients and mix well:
Juice and Zest of 1 orange
1 cup vanilla soy milk or regular milk
1 tablespoon of roasted almond oil or regular vegetable oil
4 oz of unsweetened applesauce
1/2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
1/2 tablespoon of finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1/4 cup of agave nectar
1/2 cup of candied oranges, chopped
12 1/2 inch pieces of candied orange
In another bowl combine and mix well:
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup tapioca starch
1/2 cup of teff flour
1/2 cup of sorghum flour
2 teaspoon of xantham gum
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
Combine the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix. Divide into pre-oiled muffin pan. Top each muffin with an 1/2 inch piece of candied orange. Bake for 30 minutes or until cooked through (knife inserted in the center of muffin should come out dry).