Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Citrus Currant Sunshine Muffins



This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was selected by Lauryn of Bella Baker. She chose the Citrus Currant Sunshine Muffins. These muffins are a wonderful springy citrus muffins flavored with orange and lemon. You can get the complete recipe for these muffins on Lauryn’s blog. These are really great and exactly what I needed. The Seattle area is not yet experiencing spring; it’s pretty grey and soggy. I’m really looking forward to better weather!

I like baking with currants, but I don’t very frequently. I used to get orange currant scones at work, but the coffee shop doesn’t carry those anymore. I like the small bites of sweetness that they add. I know that many of the Tuesdays with Dorie bakers chose other dried fruit for these muffins, and I’m sure that’s good too, but I was happy for the opportunity to use currants.

I didn’t have the lemon extract that the recipe required, but I don’t think it is missing that much. I also used store bought orange juice instead of squeezing my own, but I did splurge for the fancy stuff that is pretty close to fresh squeezed. Since I took these to work, I made 1-1/2 times the recipe and ended up with 21 muffins. These muffins were really what I needed after this gloomy rainy winter we’ve had!

Recipe from Baking from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan, page 7

13 comments:

cindy said...

I'm sure your co-workers were happy you came to work! I have never tried currants, guess I better. I used dates because I love dates! Have a great day.

Tia said...

I've never tried currants either - i just left em out and made a sunshie loaf.
Buttercreambarbie

Valerie said...

Lucky co-workers! :D
Currants are strange, sometimes they're great and sometimes they're 'meh'.

Amber Marie said...

So glad these made a nice little sunny perk! We're finally getting sunshine but today was rainy & the perfect time for one of these muffins!

Peggy said...

I bet everyone was wishing they were your co-worker that day! I'm sure you were the hit of the office. I like to surprise my co-workers like that occasionally. Love your beautiful muffins.

Spike said...

I bet your coworkers were happy to have these muffins!

Kayte said...

What a pretty plate these are sitting on...and that's good because these are rather pretty just by themselves. I'm with you, a chance to use currants is always welcome...those small tiny bursts of flavor are terrific. Beautiful job! I love it when husbands shop, we get to try new things all the time as well as he isn't quite sure what some things are...lol. Always entertaining.

Joy said...

Your muffin's so pretty! I had the extract, and was surprised that I couldn't pick out the lemon at all, so I think you're right that you weren't missing anything.

Flourchild said...

Gloomy day is right..Im longing for that sunshine!! Your muffins look great and Im sure they made you happy!!

Jaime said...

lovely muffins! I think a glaze would be really good on these, thanks for the tip :)

Lauryn said...

your muffins look great! I'm so glad you enjoyed them!! Thanks for baking with me this week!

Clivia said...

These certainly were a delicious pick-me-up. Glad yours were enjoyed!

mike509 said...

Beautiful muffins! I agree - I like currants too but have to hunt them down. I'm sure they tasted wonderful with OJ, etc - even though not fresh. Who would know??? :) Nicely done!