Whole Wheat Apple Orange Muffins
I’ve always been the type of person who thinks ‘what do I feel like cooking or baking this week?’ I brainstorm some ideas and then I’m off to the grocery store to pick up whatever I need. It occurred to me recently that such thinking, while gratifying, isn’t exactly economical. I have an entire pantry and fridge full of supplies. Why not simply search around for ingredients I have on hand and go from there? This is probably what the rest of the universe already does, but sometimes I look past the obvious. Since we’re on a bit of a restricted budget right now, it’s my new plan. And that is how this entry came to be.
I hesitate to call these Whole Wheat Apple Orange Muffins because the orange flavor didn’t come through as much as I expected it to. But it was there. I added 2 tablespoons of fresh orange juice and 1 tablespoon of orange zest. I contemplated adding 1 tsp of pure orange extract but went against my better judgement. Next time I’ll definitely add that and I recommend you do the same if you want an orange flavor that stands up to the apples. All that being said I think the orange ingredients definitely brightened up the recipe with a delicate aftertaste. The final product was ridiculously moist and the brown sugar topping added the perfect crunch.
I’ve adapted this recipe from King Arthur Flour. Aside from the oranges, I also added more apples.