Crackle topped orange muffins

    45 min

    These are probably our tastiest citrus muffins to date. We finished testing and tweaking the recipe this morning, so it's hot off the press too! They make a brilliant everyday treat with your morning cuppa, but why not smother them in Orange Blossom Icing (check our other recipes) and give them away as a yummy gift?


    Sussex, England, UK
    2 people made this

    Makes: 12 largish muffins

    • 250g wholemeal flour
    • 100g demerera sugar
    • 60g mixed seeds (e.g. poppy, hemp, sunflower, etc.)
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • grated zest of 1 large orange
    • juice of 2 large oranges
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 100g melted margarine
    • 2 eggs
    • Topping
    • 2 tablespoons melted margarine
    • 50g demerera sugar
    • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Preheat your oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Prepare and grease your muffin cups if needed (we like silicone best as it doesn't need greasing!). Mix the topping ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.
    2. Mix together all the dry ingredients and the orange zest in a large mixing bowl. You can add the zest of the second orange as well if you prefer your muffins extra orangey!
    3. Whisk the wet ingredients together in a separate bowl until good and frothy.
    4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ones and fold in just enough to combine everything well (don't over mix it or you'll lose the air and the muffins won't rise as much). Using a wooden spoon or paddle will help to keep the air in, too.
    5. Working as quickly as you can, spoon the mixture into your muffin cups to about two thirds full. Spoon or sprinkle the gooey topping mixture in a thin layer on top of each muffin cup (don't worry if it's sticky and in lumps!).
    6. Pop into the oven - letting as little heat out as possible - and bake for 20-25 mins until dark golden on top and well risen. Allow to cool in the cups for ten minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to finish cooling (or eat them warm...yummy!). Allow to cool completely if you're going to ice them.

    Serving suggestion

    Serve with fresh fruit and a cuppa for a delicious (if a bit naughty) breakfast.

    Serving suggestion

    Serve with a dollop of creme fraiche for a not-too-sweet dessert or, if you have a sweet tooth, ice with Orange Blossom Icing (see our other recipes) instead.

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    My first attempt at making muffins for a long time and they're a great success! Want to get some more practice in, as they didn't rise as much as I would have liked, but they taste delicious!  -  17 Jul 2010