This recipe serves as a muffin or bread recipe, and it calls for a few fresh oranges, or today, it was clementines. Since I’m a huge fan of clementines, as is the rest of the clan here, as soon as they appear in markets, I buy about two bags of them a week. They disappear rather quickly – about three a day for each of us, but they can be stored in the fridge to last a while longer if you find you have too many.
I love valencia orange cake, but I don’t always have the time to boil oranges for 2 hours – which is where this recipe comes in. It’s not a substitute, but it has enough sweet citrus flavor to satisfy a bit of the craving.
Orange Cranberry MuffinsYou can substitute another orange in this recipe. If it is larger than a clementine, adjust the amount of rind and orange to come close to the amount of clementine in the recipe. And if you’re not excited about the idea of orange rind bits in your muffin, you can grate the rind and add it separately, or leave it out.
Ingredients (makes 8 muffins)
- 2 1/2 cups of blanched almond flour
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 3/4 teaspoon of baking soda
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 3 tablespoons of melted butter or oil
- 1 1/2 cups of finely chopped cranberries (fresh or frozen)
- 2 clementines (or the equivalent amount of another orange)
- 1/2 cup of walnuts (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.
- Remove the rind from one clementine, and leave the rind on the other one (do remove any stuff that is not edible on the orange – like the stub where the stem was). Process both clementines in a food processor, or blend until you have tiny bits of orange mush. Add it to a mixing bowl.
- Add the remaining wet ingredients to the mixing bowl, and then add the dry ingredients.
- Combine well and place the batter into cupcake liners or into a loaf pan if you’re making bread.
- Bake the muffins for 35 minutes, or until the tops are browned and a toothpick comes out clean. A loaf of bread will take about 10 minutes longer to bake (about 45 to 50 minutes).
- Cool and enjoy! I store these in the frig and reheat them at 350 degrees F for about 7 minutes.