Deck the halls with orange juice muffins…fa la la la la…
The halls are decked at our house, the tree is up, and we’re ready for Christmas.
After a busy Saturday spent cutting down our tree and decorating the house, we decided on a low key Sunday.
While reaching into the fridge to pull out a carton of OJ, the thought of orange juice muffins crossed my mind.
I found a few recipes on Allrecipes.com, but I wanted something heartier and more flavorful than what I found, so I took a few hints from each and crafted my own version.
The result was a moist, flavor-packed muffin with a sweet and crispy crust on top. If you make these, you’ll notice they don’t rise or puff up much like most muffins. I baked mine in paper muffin cups, and the cups seemed a little “greasy” when I pulled them out of the muffin pan, so I’ll probably cut down on the butter next time, or go half-and-half with butter and applesauce. They were definitely delicious, though!
Orange Oat Spice Muffins
1 cup orange juice
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp nutmeg or apple pie spice
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 cup raisins
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a small bowl, combine the oats and orange juice. Let the oats soak up the juice for a few minutes.
In a large bowl, cream butter with white and brown sugars. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix in oats and orange juice.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices. Stir well, then dump into large bowl and mix all ingredients. Stir in raisins.
Pour batter into 12 muffin cups. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick tests done.
Tips: Try adding a tablespoon of fresh orange or lemon zest for added flavor. You could also add a half cup of nuts, too.