February 15th, 2012

Whole Orange Muffins

Adapted from this recipe. These are just sweet and moist enough for me, more so when they are cool. I'm happiest with them when I sprinkle the tops with sugar.

2 tablespoons ground flaxseed (or start with 1 tablespoon whole seeds and grind them yourself)
2 cups flour
1/2 cup rolled oats, finely ground in the food processor (or 1/3 cup additional flour)
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 navel orange, organically grown*
1 cup almond or other non-dairy milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
Coarse sugar for sprinkling (optional)

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners. You may want to prepare a few extra cups; I made 15 smaller muffins. 

In a small mixing bowl, mix the ground flaxseeds with 3 tablespoons hot water. Stir with a fork until thickened. 

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, ground oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until thoroughly combined.

Cut the orange into eights, remove any seeds, and purée it in a food processor. Add to the flaxseed mixture in the small bowl, then add the milk and oil. Pour this over the dry ingredients in the large bowl and fold just until combined. 

Fill muffin cups about 3/4 full for 15 smaller muffins, or divide all the batter among 12 cups (they will spill over the edges). Sprinkle each muffin, if desired, with a little coarse sugar (I find fingertips are the best way to do this sparingly). Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until tops are golden and a toothpick comes out clean. Remove to a rack and cool completely before eating. 

Chocolate Chip Cookies from Sticky Fingers Sweets by Doron Petersan

these things are so forking good!!
if you like a crispy cookie, this is it. (they might not be as crispy if you only bake them for 9 minutes. i'll have to experiment with the next batch i make. but at 11 minutes, and ever so slightly golden, they cool to be extremely crisp.)

i've been told the brownies are in this book too. (they've been sold at wholefoods for a month or so now, and they are so gooooooood!!! but out of my price range, so i can't buy them too often. i think i will definitely be getting this book.)

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