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Orange & Raisin Muffins With Honey-Roasted Almonds

Updated on March 31, 2017
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Springtime or Even Easter Morning Muffins

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

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

So quick like most muffins, these are easy to make and could me made ahead of time and frozen to be brought out just when you want them. Enjoy!

The Almonds

Because the almonds are coated with honey, they come out very dark when baked. It's the sugars that come to the top, caramelizing them.

You could avoid that by using almonds or other nuts without any form of sugar.

Options!

  • 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 micro plane you could use a hand grater or a box grater.

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5 stars from 2 ratings of Orange, Raisin Muffins with Honey Roasted Almonds
Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 18 min
Ready in: 43 min
Yields: Makes 12 muffins
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg, beaten slightly
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Grated rind of 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 top of muffins

Directions

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

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Grating the orange rind with a micro plane.
Grating the orange rind with a micro plane. | Source
Moist ingredients mixed.
Moist ingredients mixed. | Source
The dry ingredients.
The dry ingredients. | Source
Before going into the oven.
Before going into the oven. | Source

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      Rachel Alba 3 months ago

      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.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 months ago from California

      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!

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      Rachel Alba 4 months ago

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

      Blessings to you.

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      DEBANGEE MANDAL 4 months ago from India

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

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      Rachel L Alba 4 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

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

      Blessings to you.

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      Rachel L Alba 4 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

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

      Many blessings to you.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 months ago from The Beautiful South

      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!

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      Linda Rogers 4 months ago from Minnesota

      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.

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      Rachel L Alba 4 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

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

      Blessings to you

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      Rachel Alba 4 months ago

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

      Blessings to you.

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      Donna Herron 4 months ago from USA

      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!