Saturday, May 31, 2008

Orange Tea Muffins Recipe

The Orange Juice added to this muffin recipe along with orange zest brings forth a bright flavor, yet these muffins are super fluffy, and light for breakfast and brunch, easy to freeze and keep well, take out a few when you need them. My Grandma Nelle would make these often enough. - a family fave.


  • Preheat oven 400 degrees - These will bake for 20-25 minutes
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening (4 tablespoons butter)
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure orange or lemon extract (vanilla ok if you don't have the others)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk (prefer whole vs. skim)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice (with pulp is best)(go for broke as make fresh for that extra oh my factor)
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange rind (avoid the pith, which is super bitter - the white stuff, only the skin of the orange)
  • Hand mixer, electric mixer.
  • You can do this by hand, as I have done with other muffins, but the extra fluffy factor is created in this case and recipe with using my mixmaster.

  1. Grease muffin pans, this recipe will make between 12-15 muffins (the normal size muffin pans)
  2. Preheat that oven at 400 degrees if you haven't done so already.
  3. Sift flour, measure, add baking powder, salt and sift again. Set aside.
  4. If you are using pre-sifted flour, then measure once, add other dry ingredients and sift once with dry ingredients all together.
  5. Cream shortening, adding sugar slowly, mix until light and fluffy.
  6. Add egg and beat, then add milk, orange juice and extract and beat one minute.
  7. Slowly add dry ingredients (flour, etc.) just until the ingredients come together - Do not over beat! Literally takes maybe 2 minutes on slow with an electric mixer - ok to have some lumps - they will bake out, I promise.
  8. Fill greased muffin pans two-thirds full, sprinkle tops with a little sugar if you wish.
  9. Place on middle rack in preheated oven and allow to bake for 20-25 minutes.
  10. Enjoy! - Image is from but recipe is my Grandma Nelle's.

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