Best juice ever.
Unfortunately now, they are now a little out of season, but I am still able to find them and they are still pretty tasty. My favorite way to consume blood oranges is in the form of a martini. Blood. Orange. Martinis. Yes, please. I could also appreciate consuming them in the form of a mimosa, margarita or sangria. I don't know why blood oranges make me think of cocktails. Those all being out of the question now that I am knocked up (I am blaming that on the reason I have been so lazy, btw).... these muffins will have to do. And they sure did.
Delicious. Melt in your mouth. Mini Morsels of yumminess. Yes, I really liked these muffins.
Blood Orange Poppy Seed Muffins
barely adapted from For the Love of Cooking
Makes 12 regular and 12 mini muffins
2/3 cup of white sugar
Zest of two small blood oranges
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup plain yogurt
Juice of 2 1/2 blood oranges (Mandatory: enjoy the left over half yourself)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup of unsalted butter, softened -( make sure it is soft, I had a little trouble being patient and my batter ended up being slightly lumpy... but the muffins were still delicious)
2 tbsp poppy seeds
Preheat oven to 400 F and grease muffin tin (mini one, too! So you don't forget - like I did initially).
Combine fragrant orange zest and sugar until thoroughly mixed. Use your fingers if you have to.
Mix dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt) in a separate bowl.
Beat yogurt, juice, eggs, vanilla, butter and sugar zest together until uniform (or just slightly lumpy if you are impatient like me). Slowly combine dry mixture with wet. Add poppy seeds, gently folding them in.
Scoop batter evenly into tins. Bake regular sized muffins for 15-18 minutes and small muffins for 10-12 or toothpick comes out clean. Cool and serve.