A few weeks ago, I picked up a wonderful secondhand juicer from my favorite thrift store. To our great delight, it worked wonderfully and we were able to make delicious apple juice.
Last week, Michael and I were able to pick up some groceries, including big juicy navel oranges. Excited, we tried making fresh orange juice.
May I just say that there is nothing so sweet and delicious as freshly squeezed orange juice. But what to do with the fresh pulp? After Naomi balked at the pulp mixed in her breakfast yogurt, we instead tried it in a smoothie, with excellent results. But our favorite use for orange pulp? Homemade orange muffins!
We use this recipe, adding in 1 cup of pulp when combining the dry and wet mixtures. It was delicious!
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup white sugar
1 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).
Stir together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Make a well in the center.
In a small bowl or 2 cup measuring cup, beat egg with a fork. Stir in milk and oil. Pour all at once into the well in the flour mixture. Mix quickly and lightly with a fork until moistened, but do not beat. The batter will be lumpy. Pour the batter into paper lined muffin pan cups.
Blueberry Muffins: Add 1 cup fresh blueberries.
Raisin Muffins: Add 1 cup finely chopped raisins.
Date Muffins: Add 1 cup finely chopped dates.
Cheese Muffins: Fold in 1 cup grated sharp yellow cheese.
Bacon Muffins: Fold 1/4 cup crisp cooked bacon, broken into bits.