Featuring orange juice, orange zest and ginger, Delectable Orange Ginger Muffins have a wonderful texture and a tender crumb. Ginger is one ingredient that you can count on to wake up your taste buds and it gives these muffins their distinct flavor!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
- Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; make a well in the center of the mixture.
- Combine egg and remaining ingredients; add to dry ingredients, stirring until just moistened.
- Spoon batter into greased muffin pans, filling two-thirds full.
- Bake muffins at 375 degrees F. for 15 minutes.
- Remove muffins from pans immediately.
Mixing dry ingredients and wet ingredients together until the dry ingredients are just moistened is the key to making a muffin with a fine texture. Holes and tunneling in a finished muffin may be the result of mixing the muffin batter too much. Large carbon dioxide bubbles are created in the batter when muffins are overmixed.
Most muffins rely on eggs, baking powder and/or baking soda as their leavening agents – that’s what makes them rise. What yeast does for bread, leavening agents do for muffins and other quick breads.
Don’t omit the orange zest in this recipe – it really adds a tremendous amount of flavor!
Freezing muffins is an excellent way to have some for another day, if there are any left over! Microwaving a frozen muffin for 1 minute is usually all it takes to have a hot muffin to enjoy!
Ginger has a bold and distinctive flavor. Enjoying ginger as much as I do, I decided to put some fresh ginger in this recipe one day. Using a heavy hand with the grated fresh ginger, I destroyed the delicate flavor of these muffins! In the future, I plan to follow the recipe and use ground ginger!
In addition to its distinct flavor, ginger has been used for thousands of years for its health benefits. (Have you ever downed a gingerale to quiet an upset stomach?) A priceless commodity, ginger was traded extensively in Roman times due to its perceived medicinal properties. Thought to be an anti-inflammatory, to aid in blood sugar regulation and to provide gastrointestinal relief, ginger is also thought by some to help stimulate hair growth!
Utilized by many different cuisines, ginger may be minced, chopped or grated. Ginger is native to southeastern Asia but does well in any warm region. Somewhat earthy and citrusy, ginger adds great flavor to Orange Ginger Muffins.
In conclusion, Orange Ginger Muffins are a great addition to a breakfast or brunch menu as well as making a great snack or lunchbox treat!
Remember to Savor the Flavor!
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