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No matter who spends the night at our house, I always treat our guest to some homemade treat for breakfast. These Blueberry Orange Muffins transformed my muffin hating brother-in-law into a fan!

Blueberry Orange Muffins on a small plate

Blueberry Orange Muffins

My brother-in-law was in town for a couple days. As I pulled these blueberry orange muffins out of the oven, their sweet aroma had already tempted him.

When I offered him a warm sample, he eagerly bit into the tender cake. “I never thought I liked muffins,” he commented, “but these are delicious.” I hadn’t baked up a batch since these  dreamy Sour Cream Blueberry Muffins recipe for my Tuesdays with Dorie group..

Blueberry Orange Muffins

Homemade Blueberry Muffins

That was the ultimate compliment, converting a hater into a lover! His experience with muffins was limited to box mixes and grocery store versions that typically are boosted with artificial flavorings. These beauties were flavored with  blueberries, freshly squeezed orange juice and zest. Homemade blueberry muffins make a fabulous breakfast treat without causing the cook to break out into a sweat!

Blueberry Orange Muffins with orange slices

A Tip for Adding Citrus Flavor to a Recipe

This is a Dorie Greenspan recipe, and included a technique I learned from her earlier this year. The sugar and orange zest was massaged till fragrant, which helped release the aromatic oils in the peel, and infused them directly into the sugar. The citrus flavor was perfect with the sweet berries.

Like in my Strawberry Buttermilk Scones, the buttermilk in the recipe offered both moisture and tenderness, and the combination of sugar and honey provided the necessary sweetness to enhance the juicy blueberries. These converted my brother-in-law (picky hubby’s brother!) to a muffin eater, so you know they taste incredible!

All through the month of March, Driscoll’s is celebrating Muffin Madness! Head on over to the Driscoll’s site for more incredible berry muffins. They all look irresistible!

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Blueberry Orange Muffins - tender, citrus kissed and chock full of juicy blueberries

Blueberry Orange Muffins

Tender, citrus kissed and chock full of juicy blueberries

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Brunch
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Recipe adapted from Dorie Greenspan

  • Grated zest and juice of 1 orange
  • About 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 21/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries (Driscoll’s preferred)

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400º. Line 12 cup muffin tin with paper muffin cups or grease well.

  1. Juice your orange and remove any seeds if necessary. Pour the orange juice into a large glass measuring cup or a bowl and pour in enough buttermilk to make 1 cup. Whisk in the eggs, honey and melted butter.
  2. In a large bowl, rub the sugar and orange zest together with your fingertips until the sugar is moist. Whisk in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and gently but quickly stir to blend with a rubber spatula. Do not overmix; a few lumps are OK. Carefully stir in the blueberries. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups.
  3. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes till browned and toothpick inserted in muffin comes out clean. Place pan on a cooling rack and cool for 5 minutes before carefully removing muffins.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Dorie Greenspan

Disclosure: Driscoll’s supplied me with coupons to purchase berries . I was not compensated for writing this post and the opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Driscoll’s.

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28 comments on “Blueberry Orange Muffins”

  1. Beautiful muffins, Liz. Love the blueberry-orange pairing!

  2. Buttermilk and citrus zest does seem to bring a bit of zing to many baked goods. Thank you for sharing the magical recipe that switched your brother in-law to a believer =)

  3. These muffins look incredible Liz and that is definitely the ultimate compliment to turn a hater to a lover – so glad your brother-in-law loved these 🙂

  4. I can totally understand why it’s called muffins madness! I would be the first to snatch it if I were there too. Lol!

  5. Liz, blueberry and orange is one of my favorite combinations, and these look wonderful! Gorgeous photos!

  6. Lizzy, I love the pairing of blueberries and oranges. Your muffins are incredibly moist, and delicious!xoxo
    Lizzie

  7. What a lovely looking muffin and looking at these wonderful pictures itself anyone would love to have it than resist it! Great combination and a new technique to learn to massage sugar and orange zest..
    Thank you for the tip..

  8. They do look and sound incredible Liz and I’m definitely ‘stealing’ the massaging technique, LOVE IT!!! (thank you!). How nice that you converted your BIL, but it’s not at all surprising, I suspect the aromas coming from your kitchen are quite irresistible.

  9. Your blueberry and orange muffin looks really soft and moist. Love the picture. 🙂

  10. S and blueberries. These sound like muffins I have to try. Thanks for sharing.

  11. I made muffins this week on Monday too. The first time in a long time. Muffins are a favorite in my house. This look lovely. And I can almost taste the orange with your sugar description.

  12. A sugar and zest massage, how interesting! !

  13. What a lovely combination of flavours! These sound super!

  14. Love these muffins Dear Lizzy! look wonderful:))

  15. The way you described them, I can already taste it. Funny, I actually have blueberries in my fridge right now! And Driscoll is probably my favorite. The berries always remain the freshest longer than any other brand I know. Kudos for converting your brother-in-law into a lover of muffins. That’s always the best feeling.

  16. Love blueberry-orange combination! What a treat! Beautiful muffins!

  17. These muffins sound amazing! I am already a big fan of blueberry muffins, and the orange sounds like a great addition! Citrus for me in muffins is so good. Thanks for sharing Liz!

  18. Orange muffins sound wonderful and blueberries a wonderful pairing.

  19. Love these simple seasonal muffins! The pairing of oranges and blueberry sounds fantastic.

  20. I’m in for the muffin madness! So…can I have one then??? 🙂 ela

  21. Blueberry and lemon, yes but blueberry and orange? Never tried it. I LOVE the idea!

  22. These muffins look beautiful, moist, fluffy ‘n perfect enough to convert any hater, Liz! Ever since I learned that technique of rubbing zest with sugar from Dorie, it’s what I do with every recipe calling for zest. Orange and blueberry is a fantastic flavour combo. I love these!

  23. These muffins look amazing! I have actually never tried blueberry and orange together!

  24. I want these muffins for afternoon tea they look gorgeous and soft 🙂

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  25. That’s an awesome flavor combo for blueberry muffins! Sorry, Liz, been super, ridiculously busy of late!

  26. Just made these. They are incredible!!

  27. Just looking at these muffins is making me happy! I find that people like a lot of the things I make even if they think they won’t because they are real, homemade treats. I bet this muffin tastes a whole lot better than one from a grocery store or the like!

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