Blood Orange and Poppy Seed Muffins AND Giveaway Winner!

Guess what?  I cooked today!!!! I also swept my kitchen floor without pain and I was able to pick up anything I dropped on the floor by myself (my children are especially happy about this since they were constantly having to do that for me for the last 6 weeks). My back is feeling SO GOOD (I am knocking on wood so I don’t jinx myself). We all are also feeling much better from our flu last week.  Life is good my friends!  I can’t tell you how great it feels to be back in the kitchen!  Thanks again for all of your kind words, positive thoughts, and sweet e-mails… you are truly the best readers a girl could ask for!

I accidentally bought blood oranges last week and it turned out to be a great thing. Both of my kids absolutely loved them! I had two left in the fruit bowl this morning and decided to make blood orange and poppy seed muffins. They were a snap to make, smelled amazing while they baked, and my family loved them! I am told they were moist, flavorful, and delicious.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat a muffin tray with cooking spray.

Combine the sugar with the blood orange zest together in a bowl with your fingertips until the sugar is moist and the blood orange fragrance is strong. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a separate bowl until well combined.

Beat the sour cream, blood orange juice, eggs, vanilla extract, softened butter, and blood orange sugar together in a bowl with a mixer until creamy and smooth. Slowly combine the flour mixture with the sour cream mixture. Add the poppy seeds and mix well.

Scoop the batter evenly into the muffin cups in the tray.

Place into the oven and cook for 16-18 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the muffins cool on a rack before serving. Enjoy.

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Blood Orange and Poppy Seed Muffins

Yield: 12

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 16-18 min.

Total Time: 26-28 min.

Ingredients:

2/3 cup of white sugar
Zest of two small blood oranges
2 cups of flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup of sour cream
Juice of two small blood oranges
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup of unsalted butter, softened
2 tbsp poppy seeds

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat a muffin tray with cooking spray.
Combine the sugar with the blood orange zest together in a bowl with your fingertips until the sugar is moist and the blood orange fragrance is strong. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a separate bowl until well combined.

Beat the sour cream, blood orange juice, eggs, vanilla extract, softened butter, and blood orange sugar together in a bowl with a mixer until creamy and smooth. Slowly combine the flour mixture with the sour cream mixture. Add the poppy seeds and mix well.

Scoop the batter evenly into the muffin cups in the tray.

Place into the oven and cook for 16-18 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the muffins cool on a rack before serving. Enjoy.

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

GIVEAWAY WINNER:

The winner of the Spicy Apron Giveaway (valued at $29.99) is comment number 111.

Stephanie — February 2, 2013

Will definitely be making your chicken wings…can’t wait! And I LOVE the aprons, so cute. I think my favorite is the Splash of Spring. Thanks for the great recipes:-)

Congratulations Stephanie!!! Please e-mail me your mailing address and which apron you would like, valued at $29.99 or less.  See the Spicy Apron’s Etsy page to choose your apron.