Growing Chefs! Family Recipes - Muffins!

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

For this week’s family recipe we are back in our Facility Director’s kitchen, making “healthy” muffins! Jen and her daughters make a take on Katie Quinn Davies’ Mandarin, Pistachio and Poppy-Seed muffins (from her cookbook “What Katie ate on the weekend…”) ~ with a few modifications… making it taste just like a chocolate/orange treat!)

Jen didn’t have all the ingredients as listed, so noted substitutions were made:

Recipe as follows: makes 10 large muffins or 12 medium sized 

  • 4 mandarin oranges
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • Fine salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 tsp orange flower-water (*I used fresh squeezed orange juice)
  • 1 cup pistachios, coarsely chopped (*I used organic pumpkin seeds)
  • 4 teaspoons poppy seeds (*I used a blend of poppy, sesame & chia seeds)
  • *I also added a 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips!!!

Preheat oven to 400*F. Line muffin pan with cupcake liners or parchment paper squares.

Finely grate the zest of one mandarin and set aside. Peel and segment the mandarins, removing all pith and seeds. Cut the segments in half.

Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon, brown sugar and salt into a bowl and combine.

Lightly whisk eggs together in a separate bowl, then add the cooled butter, orange flower water and mandarin zest. Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon.

Set aside 10-12 half segments of mandarin to top each muffin (as garnish), add the rest to the batter now. Add two-thirds of the pistachios and three-quarters of the poppy seeds. Gently fold all together. (*this is when I added the chocolate chips!)

Equally spoon into prepared muffin cups and top each with segment garnish. Scatter remaining pistachios and seeds over the top of each muffin.

Bake for 25-30 min; allow to cool slightly in pan before cooling completely on wire rack.

ENJOY!! We think these make a pretty decent cheat replacement for a Terry’s Chocolate Orange!!!

Jen, Rowan & Avery


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