Monday, May 16, 2011

Ten Grain Orange Muffins

One of my favorite items to make for breakfast is Orange Muffins. I use Nigella Lawson's recipe from Nigella Bites: From Family Meals to Elegant Dinners -- Easy, Delectable Recipes For Any Occasion.
It's a simple recipe and I've made them so many times the pages are warped and have various ingredients stuck to the pages, which is a sign of a good recipe . I recently bought a bag of Bobs 10 Grain Hot Cereal and had been wanting to make muffins with it. Inspiration struck at a sleepless early morning hour, when I decided to put the two together.

Ten Grain Orange Muffins
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup of self rising flour
1 cup of Bob's 10 Grain Cereal
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup of sugar
zest of one orange
1/3 cup plus 1tablespoon fresh orange juice
1/3 cup plus one tablespoon milk
1 egg 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
Melt the butter and set aside. Combine the flour, cereal, baking soda, baking powder, sugar, and orange zest in a large bowl. 
This is the carcass of the orange, everything was used.

Measure the orange juice and milk into another bowl and whisk in the egg, and then the cooled, melted butter. 
Now pour the liquid into the dry ingredients, mixing with a fork (this is a distinct direction from Nigella) mixing until just combined. 
Spoon the mixture into muffin cups and cook for 20 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack, but not too long so that they are still warm when you eat them. 

I love these muffins. They are easy to put together and are such a nice little treat to have in the morning. They are not overly sweet, and the grain cereal gave them a hearty texture. For some reason my batter was more liquidity than normal but they tasted fine and were all eaten that day.

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