Orange Poppy Seed Muffins with Tangy Orange Glaze

I told you I’d be back with something a wake-me-up, comfort-style recipe!  

Muffins.  Best breakfast ever.  I know, I know.  They’re basically glorified cupcakes.  But they’re so much more than cupcakes.  First of all, there’s generally some sort of fruit in them.  (Fruit=healthy breaky, right?)  Second, you get to warm them up and slather them with butter.  It’s not looked up well if you do that to a cupcake.  Though I’m sure it’d  be pretty dang tasty.  Butter helps all things.  Except acne.  Never put butter on your face.  Please. 

Anyhow.  We’re going to go citrus because it’s February and all things are citrus.  

I go with the flow.  Sometimes.

Then we’re going to throw in a bunch of poppy seeds, because: crunch.  They just make things better.  

Top it all off with a tangy orange glaze, and you have yourselves the best kind of good morning muffin.  Definitely enjoy with a warm cup of something.  It is winter, after all.  (And who doesn’t need a hot coffee in the morn?)

This recipe is adapted from Girl vs Dough (great blog, look around while you’re there).  She made grapefruit muffins, and she made them a bit healthier than I made mine.  (I’m guilty of hardly ever using whole wheat flour – it makes such a healthy tasting final product.  Generally whole wheat baked good that I make taste like dirt.  Nobody likes to eat dirt, amiright?  I eat whole wheat bread.  That’s it guys.  White flour in all the other things.)

I also didn’t use fresh juice.  I didn’t have any.  I’m never prepared.  I only had one egg, so thank goodness I only needed one.  Instead of fresh juice, we use a scoops of frozen orange juice concentrate.  I learned this trick from a dear friend to whose house I was taking these muffins.  I knew she’d appreciate the tang and unpreparedness of my baking.  It’s super easy, and adds such a nice zing.  She makes AMAZING scones using the same method.  Have I mentioned she’s brilliant?  

To the muffins!  You can seriously throw them together in about ten minutes, make the glaze while baking, and enjoy.  Totally doable for a fresh breakfast, or store them, airtight for 3-4 days and heat up for an on-the-run breaky.

Orange Poppy Seed Muffins with Tangy Orange Glaze
Yields 12
A winter wake-me-up muffin! Crunch and tang.
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Muffins
  1. 2/3 cup sugar
  2. 1/3 cups vegetable oil
  3. 1/4 cup poppy seeds
  4. 2 heaping tsp frozen orange juice concentrate
  5. 2 tsp vanilla
  6. 1 egg
  7. 2 1/2 cups flour
  8. 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  9. 1 tsp salt
  10. 1 1/4 cup milk
Glaze
  1. 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  2. 1 1/4 cup icing sugar
  3. 1/2 tsp vanilla
  4. 2-3 Tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate
For the Muffins
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line or grease 14 muffin cups.
  2. Mix together sugar, vegetable oil, poppy seeds, and orange juice concentrate.
  3. Add vanilla and eggs. Stir well.
  4. Alternately add dry ingredients and milk.
  5. Fill muffin cups level to top.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the middle of the muffins has set.
For the Glaze
  1. Whisk melted butter, icing sugar, vanilla and orange juice concentrate until smooth. Add more icing sugar if too runny, or more orange juice (or milk) if too thick.
Notes
  1. You can definitely use a mixer or a wooden spoon to make these! Whatever you prefer.
Adapted from Girl Versus Dough
Adapted from Girl Versus Dough
Whisks and Wooden Spoons http://whisksandwoodenspoons.com/
Also, if you have any glaze left over, feel free to cut a muffin in half, and drizzle it over the insides too. Please tell me if you do this. I need to know I’m not alone.  *Ahem…

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Hot Cross Biscuits

Three months.  That’s all the time I have left before baby numero dos is due.  (Unless of course, he…  or she, comes early…)  It seems like a long time, but I know it will just fly by.  Especially with Christmas coming.  I know, I know – I shouldn’t even have mentioned the ‘C’ word, but it’s true.  It’s a’comin’.  And personally, I’m pumped for the shopping trips.  Buying things for people, baking = fun, fun, fun.  Busy, but fun.  And our little guy will actually be aware of everything this year.  I’m super excited to see how he reacts to all the hullabaloo.  And that means baby will be along shortly (and I can stop going to work! Not that I’m excited about that, or anything…).

Thanksgiving anybody?  It was great to have a turkey dinner.  I made my first ever yule log thingy (and it was awesome – and I’ll share it with you soon!).  Dark Chocolate Buche de Noel.   Yum.  It was the first dessert gone at our family gathering.

Anybody say cute?

Here he is:

{My cutest little boy ever…  I’ve got to say that as many times as I can in the next three months in case I have another boy!  Isn’t he just great though?}

So I’ve got three words for you.

Joy. the. Baker.

Check her out.  She is an inspirational food blogger.  Just your everyday Joe, but she’s amazing.  I love everything she writes, and cooks, and I don’t know the girl.  But I wish I did.  She recently came out with her first cookbook (SO awesome!). And here was the chain of events that followed:

Got her cookbook.

Loved it.

Wanted to bake everything in it.

So what did I do?  Went to her blog and made something from there instead.  Hot Cross Biscuits, to be exact.  But don’t worry, a few days later I made her Cinnamon Sugar Rice Pudding out of the cookbook.  It rocked world.  But not near as much as these biscuits.  They were awesome.  I would make them again, and again.  And eat them.  All.

Hot Cross Biscuits

These are just slightly adapted from Joy’s recipe:

**I used dried cranberries in half of the recipe, switched orange zest for lemon, and didn’t use icing

Makes 8 to 12 biscuits

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For the Biscuits:

3 cups  flour

2 Tbsp sugar

4 1/2 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp salt

3/4 cup butter, cold and cut into small cubes

1 large egg

3/4 cup buttermilk

2 tsp orange zest

1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 400F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or grease with shortening, and set aside.

In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Using a pastry blender, cut in butter, until resembles flakes of oatmeal.

Add cranberries

Whisk together egg and buttermilk.

Slowly fold into butter/flour mixture, just until all the flour is wet.  Place on a floured surface and knead slightly.  Roll out until dough is 1 inch thick, and cut with a biscuit cutter (whatever size pleases you, really).

Brush the tops of the biscuits with buttermilk, and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown on top and bottom.  Remove from oven and let cool.

These are amazing served with butter and jam.  I omitted the cranberries from half of my recipe, and I loved them both ways.

Bon appetit!

30 Day Challenge

Day 10 – Discuss your first love and first kiss

Well.  That’s [fairly] early.  My first love would be my hubby.  I’ve had a crush (and then wayyy more than a crush) on him since elementary school.  Sure, we’ve had ups and downs.  But I never ever gave a thought to us not being together.  There were scary times, when it came close, but we got through.  He’s handsome, in a rugged (which is my favourite!) way.  Funny, sarcastic, great hubby, wonderful Daddy – these are only a few of the things that I love about him.  I’ve got to mention his little crooked smile, and the mischievous look he gets too.  They’re just too good to pass up.  He is the only guy I’ve ever kissed (other than my daddy, of course).  The first time was, well, messy.  And I thought about it for months…  Okay, maybe years.  Because we really had two first kisses.  The second time was… not so messy.  It made my heart flutter (literally, I think I could have had a heart attack), and I was so nervous both times, I could’ve thrown up.  But it was great.  I’ve kissed him a million times since.  Gets better every time.  So there’s the juice.  Now you know.

(You guys do realize it’s taking me about 30+ weeks to do this challenge instead of 30 days, right?  I’m slower than a tortoise!)

Peace out.