Orange marmalade muffins

Sunday, April 10, 2016


Do you ever get a spontaneous baking idea that you have to follow through on?

I was in the grocery store on Friday and I noticed a jar of orange marmalade. Immediately I could taste the muffins I'd make with that marmalade, warm and sunny with streaks of orange baked right into them.

Not even knowing if such a recipe existed, I bought the marmalade and rushed home to look.

Sometimes when I get inspirations like that, I have to create my own recipe. But this time I was in luck, finding the perfect recipe online in a minute. And the muffins don't take much longer than that to bake  - you can whip up the batter in the time it takes to heat the oven. That's what makes them perfect for a weekend breakfast or brunch - loaded with the sweet yet slightly bitter flavour of orange marmalade, they're the perfect way to start the day.

Orange marmalade muffins
(adapted from The Pioneer Woman; makes 12 muffins)

For the muffins:

2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/4 cup shortening
1 cup orange marmalade
1/2 cup orange juice
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg

For the topping:

1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp melted butter
pinch salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and place 12 cupcake liners in a muffin tin.

Sift together flour, sugar, and baking powder. Place in a mixing bowl. Use a pastry cutter to mix in shortening until it's in very small chunks.

In a separate bowl, mix marmalade, orange juice and vanilla. Beat in the egg. Pour over dry ingredients, and mix together gently, just until barely combined.

In a small bowl, mix topping ingredients.

Fill each cupcake liner with batter, just short of the top. Sprinkle one rounded teaspoon of topping over each muffin.

Bake for 20 to 22 minutes until done. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.


25 comments:

Jemi Fraser said...

Yummy! I like the sound of these. I've never bought marmalade before, but I'll have to pick some up to try these out! :)

Gloria Baker said...

I love muffins Beth !! These look just delicious !!

I Wilkerson said...

Sunny is just what we need now! I made some orange jelly a couple months ago and may have to do a variation on this!

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Hi Beth, orange marmalade is my favorite, I bet these are delicious!

Julie said...

Beautiful! My father would have loved these, he was an orange marmalade lover.

Stephen Tremp said...

Yeah I'm saving this and we will make these next Sunday. If we can wait that long. Thanks for the recipe!

Angie Schneider said...

Just done with my morning workout and I need some delicious carbs :-)) Wish I could have one now. They look scrumptious, Beth.

Natalie Aguirre said...

These look yummy. Thanks, Beth.

grace said...

bravo! i sometimes get inspired like that, though it's a rare occurrence. you followed through very nicely, and i really like the crunchy topping!

Sue said...

These sounds soooo good! I bet I could substitute my apricot jam too. :)

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

I love orange marmalade and can't eat a croissant without it. I'm sure your muffins are terrific and I appreciate you sharing the recipe.

DMS said...

These muffins sound so tasty. I would love one right now. :)
~Jess

Liz Berg said...

Oh, yeah! These look terrific---especially with the streusel topping!

Anupama Paliwal said...

Oh my gosh!! They look so pretty!! I just love that you made these refreshing muffins! Gorgeous! :)

Anu
www.mygingergarlickitchen.com/

Caroline Taylor said...

What a great idea for using up marmalade!

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Beth, I might have found a new favorite treat for my husband - he loves orange marmelade - may I ask which kind of orange marmelade you used...more bitter than sweet perhaps...these muffins look like a picture perfect treat for a weekend!
Thank you for sharing a beautiful recipe!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Orange marmalade is great stuff, isn't it? Love slathering it on toast or a biscuit. Never thought to make muffins with it, though. Super idea! Thanks so much.

Abbe Odenwalder said...

These look fabulous! I am one of the weird ones though, that doesn't like orange marmalade. I don't like citrus in sweet things. Very odd, I know. However I see great possibilities here, because I have plenty of other jams in my fridge. Thanks, Beth!

Abbe Odenwalder said...

These look fabulous! I am one of the weird ones though, that doesn't like orange marmalade. I don't like citrus in sweet things. Very odd, I know. However I see great possibilities here, because I have plenty of other jams in my fridge. Thanks, Beth!

Katerina said...

I love baking with citrus! These muffins look delicious!

handmade by amalia said...

These muffins look wonderful. I like sweet things that have a slightly bitter undertone and have the most wonderful bitter orange marmalade sitting in the fridge waiting it's turn :-)
Amalia
xo

Monica said...

I do sometimes get this urge to make something from seeing something or spotting an ingredient. I'm usually more comfortable when I find a recipe that captures what I'm thinking! ; ) These were a great inspiration, clearly...

Marcelle @ A Little Fish in the Kitchen said...

These muffins would be great for breakfast or dessert for me! And that topping, yum :)

Tricia Buice said...

I love when inspiration strikes! I come up with recipes and then google it. Sometimes I wish I'd just believe I had a brilliant idea before anybody else - but that is usually not the case. No matter - these muffins sound fantastic. Love the topping!

Me said...

They look awesome! I'm sure they're delicious :)

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