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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.

Comments

Rachel Alba on February 24, 2018:

Thank you Mary, I appreciate your visit and comment.

Blessings to you.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on February 23, 2018:

Will try this recipe. Looks really good and yummy.

Rachel Alba on April 27, 2017:

Hi Audrey. I can understand how you feel. I'm supposed to be eating very low carbohydrates. lol I can do it for a while but then I have to splurge just to get it out of my system. I love my carbs. Thank you for stopping by. Love hearing from you.

Blessings to you.

Audrey Howitt from California on April 26, 2017:

These look wonderful! Thank you--I will have to try these--for a while I was trying not to eat gluten, but I felt so deprived--not I am back with all my baked goods! Yum!

Rachel Alba on April 17, 2017:

Hi Debangee, Thank you for the really nice comment. I appreciate it.

Blessings to you.

DEBANGEE MANDAL from India on April 17, 2017:

A wonderful combination of ingredients. I'm sure it's going to be really tasty.

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on April 06, 2017:

Hi Linda, Thanks for stopping by. It's like a visit from an old friend.

Blessings to you.

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on April 06, 2017:

Hi Jackie, I always look forward to your comments and visits. Thank you so much.

Many blessings to you.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on April 06, 2017:

This looks and sounds so good. I love orange and almonds and never imagined them together until now. You always have the most wonderful recipes. 5 star for sure!

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on April 06, 2017:

This sounds like the ultimate sweet and salty guilty pleasure. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I have to try this although I'm not a huge baker.

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on April 05, 2017:

Hi Donna, thank you so much for visiting my hub and for the nice comment. I appreciate it.

Blessings to you

Rachel Alba on April 03, 2017:

Hi Donna, Thanks so much for the visit and such nice comments. It's nice to hear from my friends.

Blessings to you.

Donna Herron from USA on April 03, 2017:

Hi Rachel - I've never tried raisins and orange together, but your muffins look delicious. I can almost smell and taste those toasted almonds. Thanks for posting and sharing!