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A simple orange muffin is topped with an orange syrup that sinks into the muffin, creating a moist, delicious breakfast treat.

Orange Muffins | www.tasteandtellblog.com

I think I’ve been longing for the days of my youth lately.

Do you remember those days when summer was truly a vacation? Meaning – after that last day of school, days were spent sleeping in, hanging out with friends, going to the pool. Now, I don’t think I’d want to go back to my 15-year old self again, but I do think I’d love to experience another care-free summer. For some reason, now that I’m an adult with kids and real responsibilities, there is no such thing as a whole summer full of carefree days.

But these last couple weeks – well, I’ve felt like just letting it all go. I had a huge deadline that pretty much took it all out of me, so I pretty much have been just taking it easy the last couple weeks. More time in the backyard with my kids. More nights spent watching tv on the couch with my husband instead of on the computer. And well – more nights of not cooking. As much as I love the carefree life, I’m so ready to get back onto a normal cooking schedule. It’s been pretty bad lately, and where I normally have a back fill of recipes to bring you all, that back fill is quickly becoming empty.

So, my menu for the week is made, grocery shopping is happening today, and getting back on the schedule is in order. Oh yeah – and starting my morning with some of these muffins would be a great way to get back in the groove of things. 🙂

These may not look like much. After all, muffins usually are quite unassuming – and I think that is part of their charm. But while these may look quite plain, they really are not. An orange muffin is brushed with a sticky orange sauce that seeps into the muffin and creates a moist, delicious breakfast treat. These are definitely a delicious way to start your morning!

Now, if only I could get someone to do my grocery shopping for me…

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A simple orange muffin is topped with an orange syrup that sinks into the muffin, creating a moist, delicious breakfast treat.
Serves: 18 muffins
For the muffins:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅔ cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
For the syrup:
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Grease 18 muffin cups or line with paper liners.
  2. In a bowl, beat together the sugar and butter until fluffy. Beat in the sour cream. Add in the eggs one at a time, beating in between each addition.
  3. In another bowl, mix together the flour, salt and baking soda. Mix into the sugar mixture. Pour in the buttermilk and stir just until combined. Fold in the orange zest.
  4. Divide the batter between the muffin cups, filling each about ⅔ full. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. When the muffins are almost done baking, combine the sugar and orange juice in a small pan over medium heat. Cook until the sugar is dissolved.
  6. When the muffins are done, remove from the oven and brush the orange syrup over the tops of the muffins. Allow to cool for a few minutes before removing from the pan.

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26 Responses to Orange Muffins

  1. I agree, sometimes the simplest looking cakes are the most delicious. I sometimes spice my syrup for that grown up appeal, but these are great variation for an everyday cake.

  2. Love how simple and easy these look! Yum!

  3. Congrats on your deadline/project being done. Gotta love that!

    And these muffins sound so good!

  4. Maria says:

    Wish I could reach in and grab one!

  5. carrian says:

    those sound perfect this morning!

  6. Tieghan says:

    Yum, these sound perfect. Wish I had one for breakfast!

  7. These muffins sound absolutely delicious!! Much more enticing than my bagel was this morning….

  8. Kathy says:

    Mmm…these look delicious!

  9. I truly miss “summer vacation” days! But! I think these orange muffins would definitely cheer me up!

  10. These look so refreshing and delicious! Can’t go wrong with orange.

  11. These muffins look fabulous! And so refreshing!

  12. Tracey says:

    Oh yum, these muffins sound fantastic. I love that you used buttermilk – I bet it’s perfect paired with the orange syrup!

  13. I love making muffins but have never tried orange ones before. Great idea! They look so yummy. 🙂

  14. Chels R. says:

    mmm! I’m loving Orange flavored things right now. I just tried the new Orange Valencia refresher from Starbucks and just about died it was so good. These look like perfection!

  15. Nessa says:


  16. Oh man, these look so delicious! I have everything I need to make them so might bake them soon! Thanks for sharing, Deborah.

  17. These muffins look like the perfect way to start your morning!

  18. These muffins look great! Syrup on muffins or cake is always a winner. I was just telling my mom how I missed some of the things about being young. Not many, but a few, like sleeping in and not counting calories or worrying about how much gluten I’m eating, not blogging and Tweeting and Facebooking. It was such a carefree time. But then again, school made me cry everyday and I was exhausted all the time, so it’s a mixed bag.

  19. Love these muffins, especially that orange syrup!

  20. I love orange anything, so I know I’d love these unassuming muffins! And I’d totally do your grocery shopping…I’d go every day if I could, I love it 🙂

  21. These just scream summer! Love the orange syrup that soaks into the cake. Genius idea that I use frequently on other cakes but never on muffins!

  22. Joanne says:

    Gah! I totally know that feeling…it’s going to be a hectic next few weeks for me and I just don’t want to do it! But I guess everything that needs to get done will…right?

    These muffins sound like such a simple pleasure…just what I need right now!

  23. I would love to start my morning with these too!

    Glad you were able to take it easy after that huge deadline!

  24. I have dreamt of a carefree – doing nothing but laying by the pool, reading books, and traveling – type of summer ever since the summer before I was old enough to start working. The summer when I had to grow up! Maybe one day I can be a kid again, if just for the summer!

  25. These muffins look delicious Deborah!

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