Easy Almond Orange Muffins. A mix of flour and ground almonds, cane sugar, vegetable oil, egg, orange juice and zest make these muffins a delectable morning treat or afternoon snack. The scent is beautiful, the crumb is soft and flavorful. Easy and fast to make, they are going to bring a smile to your face and liveliness to your day.
Song of the day: Under Pressure - Queen
When faced with hard times, I turn to bake as my therapy. It keeps my mind off heavy thoughts; it keeps me away from the news talking over and over about the spreading of the virus that is "conquering" the world one country at a time. Our life has changed and shaped into a series of worries and rules to follow. Let's forget about it for half an hour, come with me in the kitchen and let's bake some muffins!
And making muffins helps?? I hear you asking. Yes, it does. We've been asked to change our daily lives, for the time being, to stay home, avoid public places, work from home. Schools, universities, cinemas, theatres, museums, sport and recreation centers are closed. Spend some time in the kitchen with your kids, make it a playful time, bake, cook, don't worry about the mess, there are bigger worries at the moment. Laugh, turn the music on and sing, bring positive vibes to this world that so much needs it right now.
Let's make muffins
For these Easy Almond Orange Muffins, I used: bright 'yellow' oranges (Arancia gialla), Sicilian almonds, cane sugar, peanut oil, organic egg, type 0 flour, the usual pinch of salt, and baking powder.
The steps of the preparation:
- In a small bowl beat the egg with the sugar until foamy.
- Add the vegetable oil slowly, and stir to combine.
- Grate the orange zest in;
- then add the orange juice and mix to combine.
- In a large bowl, sift the flour with the baking powder and a pinch of salt, add the ground almonds and stir.
- Then, pour the wet ingredients in the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir with a wooden spoon just until combined. Do not overmix.
- Add a couple of tablespoons of batter into each muffin liner.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until nice and golden and a wooden pick (or cake tester) inserted in the middle comes out clean.
What an aroma!
As soon as you take them out of the oven, the aroma will lift your spirits. It must be the combination of almond and orange, it is divine! Just the time to let them cool slightly in the pan, then I move them onto a rack. Well, my parents' idea of a rack: a rustic hand-woven wicker trivet, lol.
Dust with powdered sugar (almost every Italian dessert has it!) and enjoy one muffin right away ????.
In the end, it always makes me feel good to bake something wholesome and delicious for my family, whether muffins, cakes, loaves, cookies. My motto is "Spread the love!" and I've always shared my baked goods also with friends, neighbors, coworkers. These muffins will be enjoyed only by my family, and I have to tell you, they loved the first one they tried! The soft and light crumb, the slight crunch from the almonds, the lovely orange flavor, the mild sweetness reinforced by the sugar dust on top. All together they contribute into some delectable muffins, perfect for breakfast, afternoon snack, or even after-dinner treat.
Be safe and enjoy!
Song of the day: Under Pressure - QueenPrint