Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Just Lovely Orange Blueberry Muffins

Orange Blueberry Muffin with Berry

I did not grow up with muffins but I have to admit that I have grown quite fond of them. For one thing, they are super fast and easy to put together and for another, they taste wonderful. The speed at which you can bake a batch makes it practical for a morning treat or a spontaneous snack. The possibilities are endless.

As much as I enjoy a nice piece of cake, I look for different qualities in my muffins. I like the texture to be a little denser and the flavor must be as assertive as a gust of fresh air. These blueberry muffins fit the bill perfectly. The orange infused batter helps to highlight the sweet berries. The texture is slightly dense. The overall effect is that the blueberries seem almost creamy inside this moist little muffin. Even my teenager, who doesn't like fruit cooked into his food, helped himself to seconds. All of us declared these little muffins a real treat.

Close Up Orange Blueberry Muffin

Orange Blueberry Muffins (makes 24 small muffins or 18 regular)

If you are not concerned about gluten or wheat replace the GF flour with 1 cup of whole wheat white flour and 1 cup of all purpose and omit the xantham.
If you want to make these vegan, omit the egg and replace the butter for canola oil. I have baked them that way and they come out a little denser but they still taste great.

2 cups of GF all purpose flour mix (I use Bob's Red Mill)
1 tsp xantham gum
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup turbinado sugar or regular granulated sugar

1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup soy milk
1 tsp orange zest
1 whole egg
1/3 cup egg white
2 tablespoons of melted unsalted butter
1 tablespoon of canola oil

2 cups fresh sweet blueberries

Preheat oven 375F.
Oil muffin pans.
In a bowl mix all the dry ingredients (flour-sugar)
In another bowl mix all the wet ingredients (orange juice-oil)
Combine the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix well. Add the blueberries and mix. Divide the batter into the muffin pans. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until cooked through and golden. Check by inserting a knife in the center to make sure the batter is cooked through.

*** Alternative baking option: Pour batter into loaf pan and bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes or until cooked through and golden. Check by using the inserted knife method.


Patricia Scarpin said...

Alexa, I did not grow up eating muffins, either, but I love them now. :)
These are scrumptious!

Leonor said...

These muffins look delicious!!
I love the contrast of the bluberries and the tender orange muffins.

The second picture is beautifully tasty...

VeggieGirl said...

VERY lovely muffins!!

I use that same GF flour!! Great stuff.

Alexa said...

I remember the baked goods in Brazil as being wonderful and so plentiful... I had many favorites. :-)

That combination of orange and blueberry is so wonderful and definitely a favorite of mine.

I love experimenting with my own variety of flours but I have to say that Bob's Red Mill is my favorite mix on the gluten free market right now. I use it a lot when I am in hurry or just not in the mood to mix my own stuff. It never disappoints.

Dee said...

Ooh, they look moist and yummy. I think combining blueberries with citruses really makes the flavours pop. Good one.

Syrie said...

Gorgeous and looks perfectly moist!

Jude said...

Yum. More extreme closeups please :)

Elra said...

Hi Alexa,
I must admit that I am not a muffin person and I didn't grow up with muffin either. However, after reading your recipe, seem like it's worth trying, especially your muffin has tow of my favorite ingredients, orange and blueberry.

Dhanggit said...

OMG I am so making this recipe! these muffins are gorgeous!

Mary Ann said...

I can't wait to try these- THey look wonderfully moist and delicious!

A_and_N said...

Beautiful muffins! And the pic is truly tempting :)

Apples and Butter said...

Keep the blueberry recipes coming. I love them and all of the great things that you're doing with them this week!

Marysol said...

Alexa, those images are absolutely drool-worthy.

Alexa said...

I'm with you the magic is in the citrus

Thanks for your visit and nice comment.

Glad you liked it.

I am glad the recipe tempt you.

I hope your batch turns out great.

Mary Ann,
Hopefully, your kids will like them as much as my kids did. :-)


Apples and Butter,
Thanks for the encouraging words.

I am happy you feel this way. I enjoy taking pictures of food... Always a worthy subject.

Chelsea said...

I just found your website and love your recipes and food photography!! These muffins look soooo good!!

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