Monday, March 14, 2011

TWD - Citrus Currant Sunshine Muffins

It's sunny here.   After a long cold rainy week last week, that is very exciting to me.  And today, I made Citrus Currant Sunshine Muffins thanks to our host Lauren of Bella Baker who chose these.  Check out her blog to get the recipe.

They were very easy to mix up.  Took no time at all.

I followed Dorie's advice and mixed the zest and sugar with my fingers.  It smelled so good!  And I took my orange and I squeezed it to death trying to get a cup full of fresh juice from it.  I'm telling you I squeezed that poor orange so dry if it had lips it would have needed some chapstick.  It came to just about the required one cup when I finished.
 I used craisens in these because I just really like craisens.
I was trying to do more than one thing at once (i.e. laundry, clean kitchen, cook chicken salad) and I overcooked them just a bit. Or. . . maybe 20 minutes was just too long in my oven. At any rate, they were still good muffins but just a tiny bit on the dry side.  I saw right down after I made these and just enjoyed one all by myself.  They were not too citrusy, just the right hint of orange flavor in them.  Check out Tuesdays with Dorie to see what the other bakers did with this recipe!!

17 comments:

Jules Someone said...

We really enjoyed these muffins. Loved the bright citrus flavor!

Katrina said...

They look great with the crasins and I'm sure were perfect with orange and cranberry!

Kayte said...

I have to get to that chicken salad, thanks for the reminder! Love the idea of craisins in these, very nice! They look wonderful.

Valerie said...

I love that photo of the orange zest and sugar (that could easily be eaten all by itself).

Adorable muffins too!

Jessica of My Baking Heart said...

So glad you enjoyed these - yours look wonderful! :)

Leslie said...

Yours look fantastic! If yours were overdone, mine were downright burned, but they were still delicious. I can't want to make your CwF pick, have everything I need for it!

cindy said...

Don't you just love to mixt zest and sugar! Great muffins! Have a great day.

Tia said...

that looks wonderful - orange cranberry is the besT!
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Nicole said...

I use the method of rubbing the zest with the sugar all the time now and it really makes a difference! I bet these were good with those craisins!

Lauryn said...

they look incredible! I'm so glad you enjoyed them! Thanks for baking with me this week!

Flourchild said...

Im glad Im not the only one who trys to do everything at onse..the other day I left the water running in the sink and got the bathroom floor quite wet:)
The muffins look great andmake me long for some real sunshine!!

jillbert said...

Craisins sound wonderful in these muffins! I also think sour cream would be a good sub for some of the butter - it would add a nice tang.

Clivia said...

I love your idea of using the craisins. They would be wonderful in this recipe!

Sweet and Savory said...

The craisins look like jewels in the muffin. Very nice.

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Judy said...

Point taken on the currants, but they won't go to waste. I'll just buy another box. The craisins sound like a delicious addition.

mike509 said...

Yeah for sun! These look beautiful! Glad you are enjoying it - what wonderful muffins! I think these were so moist, a little overbaking wouldn't have mattered! Happy Spring!

Cakelaw said...

The craisins add a pop of colour to these muffins - a great addition.