Jumbo orange, cardamom and poppy seed muffins

Jumbo orange, cardamom and poppy seed muffins

Jumbo muffins arancia cardamomo e semi di papavero

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The Italian Baker
Makes
6

I spent a long time searching for a good and reliable muffin recipe, and after years of “muffin testing” I came up with this, which has since worked perfectly as a base for hundreds of different combinations. It calls for buttermilk, and because this is almost impossible to find in Italy, I make my own. These muffins are best eaten on the day they are made, but popping them in the microwave for 10 seconds will bring them back to life.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
65ml vegetable oil, plus extra for greasing
300g plain flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
4 tablespoons poppy seeds
100g caster sugar
50g brown sugar
250ml buttermilk
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract
2 oranges, Grated zested and juiced

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Using your fingers, rub oil into 6 cavities of a muffin tray. (Alternatively, fill the tray with paper cases.)
  2. Put all the dry ingredients into a bowl and stir to combine using a wooden spoon. Put the oil, buttermilk, eggs, vanilla and orange zest and juice into a jug or another bowl. Whisk to combine, then add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and, using a wooden spoon or spatula, fold to just combine. Do not over-mix (this is very important as over-mixing results in tough muffins) – there should be visible streaks of flour.
  3. Fill the oiled cavities or paper cases with the mixture, to come almost to the top, and bake for about 25 minutes, until nicely risen and cooked through.

Note

  • To make your own buttermilk, add 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar or lemon juice to every 250ml of milk. Cover and leave to stand for 10 minutes.
Tags:
baking
cakes
biscuits
Italian
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