Strawberry-Orange Muffins

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Strawberry-Orange Muffins

Strawberry-Orange Muffins

We love the combination of strawberry and orange in this sweet breakfast muffin with a streusel topping. For a less conventional (but equally delicious) twist, try the basil variation. The hint of basil complements the fruity berries wonderfully.

Serves 12

Prep Time 30 min

Total Time 65 min.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoon almonds
  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar, divided
  • 3 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest, divided (see Variation)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 tablespoon canola oil, divided
  • 1 cup white whole-wheat flour, or whole-wheat pastry flour (see Note)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup nonfat or low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh or frozen (not thawed) strawberries, (about 8 ounces)

Cooking Directions

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray.

Step 2

Process almonds, 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 teaspoon orange zest and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a food processor until finely ground. Transfer to a small bowl, drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil and stir to combine.

Step 3

Whisk the remaining 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Whisk the remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 teaspoons orange zest and 1/4 cup oil in a medium bowl with buttermilk, orange juice, egg and vanilla extract until well combined. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients; stir until just combined. Add strawberries; stir just to combine. Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle with the almond topping, gently pressing into the batter.

Step 4

Bake the muffins until golden brown and a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool for at least 5 minutes more before serving. Variation: For Strawberry-Basil Muffins, omit orange zest and use 1/4 cup additional buttermilk in place of orange juice. Stir in 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil with the berries in Step 3.


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