Today I bring you tender, tangerine-hued muffins packed with orange juice and pumpkin. They are absolutely heavenly.  And I would encourage you with enthusiasm if you decided to throw in a heaping cup of fresh cranberries, because they’d be right at home in there.

These muffins make an excellent every-day breakfast but would be right at home on a special holiday table, too.

I’m very grateful to have Tropicana® Canada as a partner, and I’ve collaborated with them on this recipe. Tropicana Pure Premium® 100% Orange Juice pictured is an excellent choice for many reasons, but here are the most important to me: a) it tastes delicious and b) it contains only one thing, and that’s oranges (no sugar, colours, flavours, additives, preservatives – just the juice squeezed from fresh Florida citrus, nothing else.)

Before the muffins are popped in the oven, I like to adorn them each with a thin slice of fresh orange.  That’s a great food styling and presentation tip for baked goods: save some of the mix-ins (or add something that suggests what’s inside) to put on top before baking. Optional, of course, but pretty, right?

The recipe yields 12 plump, beautiful, orange-y muffins – perfect for freezing or sharing. I share with my neighbours often – it’s a fast way to make new friends. Food is love, people.

After I part with a plateful while still warm, I stow most of them in the freezer – they’re just like fresh-baked after 30 seconds in the microwave. Perfect for busy fall mornings, especially as the holidays ramp up.

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Pumpkin-Orange Muffins

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings 18
Breakfast
Canadian

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups 13.5 oz all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt or 1/4 tsp table salt
  • 1 1/2 cups Tropicana Pure Premium® 100% Orange Juice
  • 1 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/2 orange thinly sliced and quartered, optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375ºF.  Prepare 18 of the cups in two standard muffin tins by greasing or lining with paper muffin liners.
  • In a large bowl, thoroughly whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the orange juice, pumpkin, butter, oil, vanilla and eggs. Add this to the flour mixture, then fold the ingredients together with a rubber spatula, working gently and stopping when batter is just combined.
  • Lightly spoon the batter into prepared muffin cups.  Top each with a quarter slice of orange, if desired. Bake for 18-22 minutes, rotating pans once halfway through. Muffins are done when tops are golden and spring back when lightly pressed in the centres (or a toothpick tester comes out with just a few moist crumbs). Transfer to wire racks to cool.
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