I’ve wanted to make these muffins ever since I bought Allison Fishman’s You Can Trust a Skinny Cook–mostly because the recipe involves putting an entire orange (peel, pith, and all) right into the blender.
That just appeals to the green monster-making side of me–and I’m so used to using and washing the blender every day that I don’t mind breaking it out again. Combine that with the chilly, rainy weather that woke me up this morning, and sunrise muffins became a necessity.
Sunrise Muffins (makes a dozen muffins)
- 1 orange (I actually used a tangelo), sliced into eighths
- 1/2 C orange juice
- 1 egg
- 1/4 C vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 C all-purpose flour (I used whole-wheat pastry flour, with excellent results)
- 3/4 C sugar
- 1 t baking powder
- 1 t baking soda
- 1 t salt
- 1/2 dried fruit (I used a dried berry mix–cherries, blueberries, cranberries, and strawberries)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, and line muffin tins with papers.
The fun part: in the blender, combine the eggs, oil, orange juice, and sliced orange sections, and blend until smooth. While blending, mix the remaining ingredients except the dried fruit in a medium bowl, and create a well for the orange mixture. Pour it in, mix until a smooth batter forms, and fold in the dried fruit.
You may regret tasting the batter at this point because it is so gosh-darn, finger-licking, re-taste, save-a-little-extra-in-the-bowl-who-cares-if-the-muffins-are-tiny good. Anyway, divide the (remaining) batter evenly into the 12 muffin tins. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 20-25 minutes, until the tops are golden brown. Cool on a rack.
I love how golden these are, thanks to the orange–they really do look like a sunrise.
And the taste. Wow. I wasn’t expecting anything magical from these muffins, but these really served to remind me that basic can be best! They are sweet and tangy but also have the perfect amount of salt.
A teaspoon of salt can do so much for a basic muffin. I ate one muffin. I want to eat many more muffins. Morning can’t come soon enough.
Oh, and for those who are interested, these muffins are only 175 calories each!
In case these muffins aren’t enough to brighten your day, here’s some of my absolute favorite new photos from an apple-picking session I went on with my mom and younger sister Kristen a few weeks ago: