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Orange and Raisin Muffins With Honey-Roasted Almonds

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Orange and raisin muffins with honey-roasted almonds all ready to eat.

Orange and raisin muffins with honey-roasted almonds all ready to eat.

Springtime Morning Muffins

Nothing says spring like the flavor and color of citrus—orange, lemon, or lime are perfect in my book. I especially love the flavor of orange because it has a tang that brightens up whatever you are making. You could also add orange juice, but it's the rind that enhances that bright flavor.

In the spring, we see more of the sun that brightens our world, and that's how I feel about the flavor of orange rind and raisins. They are also a good morning breakfast treat with a hot cup of coffee or tea or a nice cold glass of milk for the children.

Like most muffins, these are quick and easy to make. They can also be made ahead of time and frozen until just when you want them. Enjoy!

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25 min

18 min

43 min

Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg, beaten slightly
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • grated rind from 1 orange, or 2 very small oranges
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • enough honey-roasted, sliced almonds to cover the top

Directions

  1. In a smaller bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add alternately with the milk, stirring only enough to moisten dry ingredients.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare muffin pans by spraying with a non-stick spray or a baking spray. In a large cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add egg and sour cream and mix well.
  4. Add orange rind and raisins and mix.
  5. Fill greased muffin pans 2/3 full and sprinkle the sliced almonds on top, to your liking.
  6. Bake at 425 for about 18 minutes or until the toothpick when inserted comes out clean.

Honey-Roasted Almonds

Because the almonds are coated with honey, they come out very dark when baked. It's the sugars that come to the top that caramelize them. You could avoid that by using almonds or other nuts without any form of sugar.

Options and Variations

  • You could eliminate the use of the almonds, especially if there is someone is allergic to nuts in your household.
  • To sweeten them a little you could just sprinkle the tops with a little sugar.
  • If you don't have a microplane you could use a hand grater or a box grater for the orange rind.

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