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Blood Orange and Poppy Seed Muffins

Blood Orange and Poppy Seed Muffins

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.

Blood Orange and Poppy Seed Muffins

How to Make Blood Orange and Poppy Seed Muffins

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.

Blood Orange and Poppy Seed Muffins

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.

Blood Orange and Poppy Seed Muffins

 

Blood Orange and Poppy Seed Muffins

Blood Orange and Poppy Seed Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Course: Breads and Muffins
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Author: Pam / For the Love of Cooking

Equipment

Ingredients

  • cup of white sugar
  • Zest of two small blood oranges
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup of sour cream
  • Juice of two small blood oranges
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup of unsalted butter softened
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds

Instructions

  • 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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27 Comments

  1. I’m so glad to hear your back is doing better and that you’re up and about in the kitchen.
    I love blood oranges and these look like something I should make. I have never seen (or used) poppy seeds before. Is this something I would find in the spice aisle or baking aisle?

    1. I always find my poppy seeds in the spice aisle. My family really loved these muffins… I hope you do too!

      Pam

  2. So glad you are feeling better, Pam! I’m sure it’s got to fee amazing!! The muffins look perfect… love the use of blood oranges!!

  3. You are feeling better…YEAH! I’m so happy for you, and thrilled that you are back in the kitchen creating amazing recipes again.The muffins look amazing!

  4. yay!! nothing is better than being out of pain, i’m so happy you’re feeling better!

    i love that you bought oranges and baked with them. i would never think to do that, but these look amazing! so fragrant and delicious!

  5. Lemon and poppyseed is a good combination, and orange/poppyseed sounds just wonderful! I’m so glad you’re feeling better. As a chronic back pain sufferer, I have been worried that you’d be similarly afflicted, and it’s great that you’re not. And hooray for the household being over the flu, too!

  6. Weirdly enough I’ve never baked with blood oranges! I love that you made poppy seed muffins with them though. Maybe this is how I should dive in.

  7. So glad you’re better! These muffins look wonderful — I have made a similar version with the poppy seeds and lemon. I use a lot of different flavors of balsamic and olive oil. I have a blood orange olive oil and might try these muffins with some of that…might have to eliminate another liquid/fat…maybe the butter. Thanks for all your great recipes!

  8. glad to have you back.

    i made these muffins today and promptly ate two when they were warm out of the oven because they were so good!! They did turn an interesting, almost green color once baked but they taste excellent. yum. definitely will add this one to my recipe folder!