Mennonite Orange Muffins
This old Mennonite recipe uses orange juice and orange zest to give the orange muffins unbelievably orange flavor.
This old Mennonite recipe uses orange juice and orange zest to give the orange muffins unbelievably orange flavor.
Fabulous Recipe!!! This is a fool proof recipe, which for me was a good thing!! By mistake, I added 1/2 lb.of melted butter instead of 1/2 a cup, and over a cup of O.J., I only had to bake them longer and they still turned out great...verry moist. I also added 1 cup or dried cranberries, and didn't add the nuts. This is a very versatile and forgiving recipe that you can make many variations with and it will still turn out great!! Thank you!!Read More
Fabulous Recipe!!! This is a fool proof recipe, which for me was a good thing!! By mistake, I added 1/2 lb.of melted butter instead of 1/2 a cup, and over a cup of O.J., I only had to bake them longer and they still turned out great...verry moist. I also added 1 cup or dried cranberries, and didn't add the nuts. This is a very versatile and forgiving recipe that you can make many variations with and it will still turn out great!! Thank you!!
The muffins were excellent if you like your muffins less sweet. I added about a cup of fresh chopped cranberries which went very nicely with the orange. Be warned that they are not nearly as sweet as traditional muffins so kids may not like them as much.
This muffin is absolutely delicious! I used light brown sugar instead of white sugar and they came out great! Thanks Terry!
DELICIOUS! This is a quick, easy recipe that produces light, tasty, fabulous muffins. I added 1 c. chopped dried cranberries as others suggested and loved the orange-cranberry combo. I think I may leave off the topping the next time because it seems unnecessary.
This is an excellent orange muffin recipe. I've been looking for this recipe for a while. The flavor is awesome and they are so moist. These are also good with raisins added.
This is a nice textured muffin with very pleasant results. I too, like a previous reviewer didn't think the orange flavour was strong enough, but my family like them lots as they devoured the whole batch within 30 minutes. Something must be right. Thanks for sharing.
The muffins were a big hit with old and young alike at Thanksgiving. No one didn't like them. I don't even like orange muffins and I liked them. However, the recipes didn't quite work the first time, I had to add more liquid. The topping also wasn't spreadable it was so thick; so I made some with and some without. The end result was fine though.
Rather dry and not as stong an orange flavor as I would have liked.
This is a quick and delicious muffin recipe that anyone would love.
The recipe tagline, "An old Mennonite recipe" should have tipped the other reviewers that this was going to be a 'dry' muffin. If you've had cornmeal or Jiffy muffin mixes, this tastes like a slight orange tasting version, which was very good in texture. I put in 1/4 c. brown sugar and 1/4 c. white sugar, a touch of canola oil and skipped the walnuts as that would, in my opinion, make it too too dry :) I left off the buttery topping and just sprinkled cinnamon and brown sugar on top. They were very tasty when halved and buttered. A good recipe to save and use to experiment. Thank you for sharing.
No way you can "sprinkle" the topping. Mine was like a dark brown paste. I wasn't real sure what to do with it since you can't spread it on unbaked muffins, so I just dropped small globs of it on top of the unbaked muffins. Also, next time I will cut back on the salt...way too salty for my taste.
Easy to make and very moist final product. I increased zest to that of 4 oranges and added diced orange sections from 2 oranges to increase the orange flavor. This will be a new christmas morning favorite.
Tasty, although I didn't care much for the topping.
These were pretty good. I made these early one Sunday morning so to cut back on time I omitted the orange zest. Since I was worried about it not having enough orange flavor I used 1/2 c. orange juice concentrate and then filled the measuring cup up to 2/3 c. with water. They turned out perfect that way. I might do half orange juice concentrate and half water next time, just to see the difference. I also put some dried cranberries in half the muffins and that was very tasty. Overall this is a pretty good recipe.
I used the zest and juice of 3 oranges. What an orange flavour!
Really good!! Sweet and light-tasting. You don't even really need the cinnamon toppping if you use walnuts in it.
This is a fabulous recipes that everyone should try! The only thing that I changed (because of the other comments) is that I added a little bit more surgar, and a tiny bit of milk was added; and if you like really orangey-ish taste, put more juice in. I didn't put any topping on the top because I forgot! But it turned out okay without. You may want to go a snidg-bit easy on the baking soda, b/c it tasted a little to much, but not over whelming. Wonderful! I am SO making it again! Everyone LOVED IT! Be sure not to over mix, though!
BRAVO!! Fantastic, light, and full of flavor!! I usually hate reviews that name multiple revisions or modifications, because that means you don't actually have a review of the original recipe. However, I will break my rule slightly this time: I am allergic to tree nuts, so I added 1/2 cup of dried cranberries. I also skipped the topping, even though it sound delicious, because I was serving them with Irish Soft Butter. They came out perfect. A tip for: don't use cupcake papers. Spray muffin tins with a baking release spray instead. This way your muffins will have a delectable brown crust that you cannot get if you use paper liners!!
I've made these twice now and they were a massive hit with everyone who ate them! Some reviewers commented that they weren't sweet enough as the recipe relied a lot on the oranges for sweetness, but I found them perfect. The topping crumbled perfectly and gave the muffins a very interesting texture. For the first time in a while, I didn't change anything about this recipe (except lengthening the cooking time a little bit, but I find I'm having to do that a lot and suspect it's just because of my oven) and would definitely make these muffins again. Perfect to eat just after they've come out the oven, and I found that they work well for breakfast if you quickly zap them in the microwave then drizzle maple syrup over the top.
I have fiddled around with this recipe and changed a few things. Instead of the OJ, I add 1/2 c. of OJ concentrate. I also add 1/2 c of buttermilk for liquid and I add 1/2 cup of oil instead of butter. I just sprinkle them with sugar before baking. They turn out perfect every time.
Delicious! They were very fluffy. I added about put in almost 1 cup of orange juice instead and they were perfect.
These muffins were quite good. They had a nice soft texture and the topping went really well with them. I think these would work best with brunch, with guests or something. WIll make again, thanks for the recipe
Not too sweet, which is a nice change for most muffins. I made them as mini muffins and got 34 of them. I grated an entire orange, which was more than a tbs, so it had a great orange flavor. I also didn't put the crumb topping on. Too messy for kids who walk around while they eat.
These muffins were absolutely delicious. Best oragne muffins I have ever had. You won't be disappointed if you like orange. Thanks to Terry
LOVED these delicious morsels! Based on other reviews, the orange flavor didn't seem to be strong enough, so I added extra orange zest, as well as about a tablespoon of vanilla extract, and the flavor was lovely! Not to overpowering but enough to stand out! So good!
I thought they turned out a little dry and not as sweet as I like my muffins.
These muffins were great! I used only 1/4 cup marg and replaced the other 1/4 with applesauce. Next time I might try adding some orange extract for a little more orangy flavor.
This recipe is a keeper! I took a few of the suggestions from others. I added an extra 3Tbsp of butter, 1/4 sugar, and 1 full cup of fresh squeezed orange juice with the pulp. I also added 1/4 tsp of cinnamon to the batter, I will probably up that to 1/2 tsp next time. The topping is definitely a plus! I baked them in mini muffin pans. It made 72 muffins. They are perfect for the kids to snack on and they love them! I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because of all the alternative ingredients I added. A really good basic recipe.
This is a good recipe! However, instead of melted butter, I creamed the butter so that it would be a more cake-like muffin. Other than that, I did put most of the 2/3 orange juice and to make it more moist and fluffy, I added some buttermilk to the recipe (or milk + a bit of vinegar/lemon juice). I also added 1/4 chopped raisins and 1/4 chopped almonds and sprinkled some flour over them before mixing into the batter so they won't sink to the bottom. I made it as a gift and my aunt simply loved them! :) Thanks for the recipe!
I was looking for a good citrus muffin recipe and this one is definately that. I left the streusel out(personal preference) and used tangerine-orange juice and tangerine zest and it was a great variation. The texture is just right too and I will definately be using this recipe again- thanks for posting!
Awesome! I loved that they weren't too sweet :) I added some chopped mandarin oranges to the batter & left off the topping.
Very good, the only change I made was adding craisins instead of nuts. Very yummy
These muffins were just "ok" for me. I followed the recipe exactly and they just came out rather bland. Not alot of orange flavor to them. The topping was very yummy but the rest of the muffin was just... there. I thought the walnuts would add enough texture but they just didnt for me, and I added extra! I will try these again and most likely add some cranberries soaked in orange juice... I think they would really bump this recipe.
These muffins are bland and tasteless. I had to put jam on them just to be able to eat them. They're a bit less horrible once when they cool down, but still pretty awful.
Great muffins! I didn't have any orange juice, but tons of clementines so I used the juice of 5 or so clementines and added 2 extra tablespoons of sugar. Still sooo good. I also ran out of butter so couldn't do the crumb topping, instead i just added a spoonful of sugar and some cinnamon to the tops and they came out wonderful! like a candy topping. Will definitely be making these again.
The taste was just okay. Could use a bit more sugar and more juice maybe. Even with the milk I added, they were very dry. I probably won't make these again.
I love these muffins! To make them even fluffier and moist, I add an additional 1/3 cup of juice from a can of mandarin oranges. I dice the mandarin oranges, add 1 1/2 cups each of shredded coconut and dried cranberries and skip the streusel topping. Amazing.
ok...call me crazy but I found these dry and a bit flavorless...perhaps altitude baking altered moistness, but I wasn't blown away.
These were good. Not spectacular, amazing, out0of-this world good, but good. They are a nice change of pace from banana muffins, and I will probably make them again. I didn't use all the orange zest it called for, because, frankly, I didn't have the patience to zest that much orange peel. I did add the extra oj, though. And my toddler son loves them! He is snatching them from my plate now!
Fantastic! Everyone loved them. I added a handful of chopped cranberries as others suggested and that worked very well.
This truly was fabulous and easy (and that is coming from someone who sometimes struggles with even the supposedly quick and easy recipes). I subbed raisins as someone suggested and also put in small amounts of fresh squeezed orange and pineapple juice as well as bits of orange and fresh pineapple. I didn't have OJ so I subbed grapefruit juice and I imagine this recipe would work well to make some sort of apple muffin with apple bits (dried) and applesauce or apple juice! Thanks a lot!
Very Very Good! it was a very thick batter so I added more juice to thin out. I used fresh squeezed orange juice. Substituted brown sugar instead of the white. I also thru in 2 small oranges diced up and 1/2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice. Gave it a real autumn harvesty flavour. I did not put any toping on them. I usually love butter on my muffins when I eat them, but it is almost too much, they are so perfect all by themselves!! Def going into my book for special recipes!
It's not bad but I don't go to the trouble of zesting an orange that I don't have, so maybe that's why there was no orange flavor in it what so ever, but next time I plan on using orange extract.
Not that great.
FANTASTIC!!!! I made these muffin for my family for breakfast and the loved them. The only thing I would change is more orange but other than that they were perfect. They were also low in sugar but the kids still loved them. This one is definitely a keeper!!
I swapped most of the butter for apple sauce as suggested and they were great! Really moist.
Amazing! I substituted 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons oil for the 1/2 cup butter, because I didn't have enough and dipped the muffins in the melted butter/sugar/cinnamon mixture after baking. Thanks!
A definite 5-star recipe. As I'm vegan, I substituted one medium pureed banana for the eggs. One time I made the recipe I added dried cranberries and another time I didn't. Both times they turned out splendidly. Personally I like them with the cranberries, which are such a good compliment to the orange flavor in these muffins, but it's just a matter of personal taste. Stellar recipe, thank you so much.
These were good but a bit dry and not very sweet. Next time I'll probably add more orange juice and butter.
Thank You Terry!! I was looking for a recipe(from scratch) so that I could use up a bunch of oranges before they went bad. This was truly home-made goodness for us since I collected the walnuts from our tree last year. The combined taste of orange/walnuts was terrific and I nearly made a glutton out of myself.
like others who made this recipe I found the batter too dry so added another 1/4 cup of OJ . I used whole wheat flour ,3 times the grated orange peel as the recipe called for ,omitted the walnuts in favor of craisins and used a bit more brown sugar in the topping :)I also used Ener g egg replacer instead of 2 eggs and raw sugar instead of regular granulated . My husband loved these and I will add them in to my regularly prepared muffin recipes .Next time I think I 'll add some vegan dark chocolate chips or perhaps the walnuts ....YUM :) thanks for the recipe !
YUMMY! I skipped the topping and these were still amazing. I served them up hot out of the oven with a pat of butter and oh so yummy.
These are very good muffins and I like them particularly because they're not too sweet! If a muffin is too sweet you might as well just eat a piece of cake! I don't like nuts so left them out and didn't bother with the topping either. Delicious and a good snack for morning coffee break. Thankyou!
This is a very good recipe to work with. I made my version gluten-free by sifting together rice, corn and soy flours to make up the two cups of flour. To compensate for this and to make them more moist, I added an extra 1/4 cup of butter and a full cup of OJ. Cinnamon, nutmeg and fresh lemon peel spiced them up nicely, and a good handful of fresh cranberries gave them some kick. I was suprised to see them rise as much as they did, even for being gluten-free! I definitely will make these again.
Well, I couldn't find my cinnamon so substituted 1/4 t cloves in the topping, and my walnuts were just slightly rancid so I substitued finely chopped hazelnuts. And the muffins are WONDERFUL.
These were good. Adding more spices, and maybe some mandarin oranges, to the mix would've made it better. My kids really liked the topping, but not the muffin itself. Will make again, but with additional mixins.
Very tasty. It went down a treat with my family. I didn't use the topping, but I added chocolate chips to give them some extra decadence. I found it a bit dry, so next time, I'll take the advice of others and add some extra juice.
Thank you for this awesome recipe which the whole family loved! I substituted raisins for nuts (because it's what I had) and canola oil for butter (because my daughter is lactose intolerant). I also added 1 tsp. cinnamon and 1/4 tsp. cloves for a spiced muffin flavor, and glazed these with honey. I will definitely make these again! Wonderful!!!!!
These were pretty tasty although I wish there was a bit more orange flavor. I didn't care for the topping so next time I will make some sort of orangey glaze to go over the top of the warm muffins.
I used 2 Tbl of orange zest and milk instead of orange juice since I had none. I did use nuts and the topping. Really good muffins. Nice New Year's breakfast.
Nice recipe but not very orange tasting. I added some real orange squeezed juice to the batter and still...sigh. Anyhow, it made a good tasting yellow muffin. I don't know if I'd make them again, but it was a change from chocolate.
Tasty! Just a little on the dry side.
This is similar to a recipe my friend gave me in New Zealand. I lost it so I will try this. The differences are that she used small bits of crystalized candied ginger and a few bits of the meat of the orance too.
Sorry but we also did not think that these had a lot of taste to them. Would probably not make again.
I don't have all-purpose flour so I used cake flour instead. Came out okay just a little too dry for me.
Easy recipe! I substituted half the flour for whole wheat flour, added 1 tsp vanilla and added some cinnamon to the dry flour mixture in the beginning. As someone else commented, I too only used a cinnamon-white sugar topping- it worked out fine! The batter was more dough-like and dry. Kind of sticky and hard to drop into the muffin cups- however, the finished product was moist and dense. They have a mild flavor. And I might leave out the zest next time- it weirds me out to see orange peel.
They were good. I was hoping for a little stronger orange taste. They were a big hit with my 3-year-old son who helped me make them.
I found that the batter was a little too thick, so I ended up needing to add more orange juice (it ended up being a little over 1 cup), other than that, the recipe was great, and tasted great. The second time I made it I added pieces of orange to the muffins, and it turned out fantastic. These muffins can't stay in my kitchen for more than a day before they're all eaten.
Perfect flavor-- not too sweet & filling. Along with the cinnamon topping I added a tiny sprinkling of coarse sugar on each muffin... my family loved them!
I did a search for muffins with things I had in the house today, and these fit the bill. They were moist and tender, with a good strong orange flavor and not too terribly sweet. My nuts were chopped instead of ground, but that worked fine (I also added some to the topping because I like nuts), and I am allergic to cinnamon so substituted allspice, nutmeg and cloves in the topping, but other than that, I didn't change them. My oranges were organic juicing oranges, so maybe that's why they had such a wonderful orange flavor! Mine had plenty of butter--there was melted butter left in the cups after I took out the muffins, and I had used muffin paper liners, too. We didn't need to add butter to them when eating them--great with a cup of coffee. This is a keeper!
This is a great muffin! Although I made changes to make it more healthy. I used 1 cup of whole wheat flour and 1 cup of all purpose. I didn't put in any sugar but added some honey, dates and plain yogurt. I squeezed oranges instead of juice only because I had a whole basket of them that needed to be used. I didn't put any of the topping on my muffins. Turned out great. It was the first time that I actually got my muffins to rise and look like a muffin. =)
Delicious, very good. I did some changes to this recipe and it still turn out very good. Instead of 160ml orange juice, I substitute with some milk and add some orange & lemon essense. As I have some left over lemon curd thus I just put it in and they are just nice and delicious. My girl like them very much as it is not too sweet.
I was not particularly impressed with this recipe. I followed the recommendation of several reviewers and added extra oj. The muffins were moist and the flavor was okay. My husband thought the flavor was too strong. Although the nuts were optional, I did not feel they made the muffins any better. In fact, if I were to try this recipe again, I would omit the nuts. The muffins are definitely better hot then cold.
The reason for the 3 stars is because I felt that these "orange muffins" were more like "orange cornbread". I liked the flavor and the topping. Overall the flavor was good, but I just thought it was too dry to be a muffin. So my suggestion, either add more moisture or call it a cornbread.
I followed the recipe exactly, except I used frozen (melted) orange juice concentrate instead of the orange juice for extra orange-flavour (well, and I added chocolate chips, but I add those to everything). Very good! I think I over-cooked mine a little, because they were a bit dry, but that was probably chef-error (muffins are not my specialty).
Yeah! I was able to make this recipe... For years I considered myself muffin-challenged and avoided making any. I just finished baking these and - yum! Albeit, I made some modifications: (I made half the recipe) and used 1/8c butter and 3 tblsp of vanilla yogurt. I didn't have any zest (which would have made for better muffins) so I ommitted that. I also substituted macadamia nuts for the walnuts. I too had to add a bit of oj due to dryness.
Excellent, not too sweet. Pretty buttery though.
Very good recipe. Many compliments. I didn't feel the need to add any toppings. I found that the mixture was a little dry, so I added a touch more orange juice to lighten it up. I varied this recipe by adding a cup of dark choc chips.
These muffins didnt have enough orange flavor for me, but other family members like them, so I give it a 4.
These are a beautiful texture and have a light orange flavor that is amazing! I added a dash of Almond flavoring to mine and they were delectable! Perfect for Sunday brunch!
Does not rise. not much taste. I don't think I'll make this again.
Very Good! Also added 1 egg and 1 cup of oatmeal! Even better!
Very good recipe. Not to sweet but just enough with the topping. Great for breakfast. Could have been a little moister. Next time I will probably add a little more OJ or maybe some applesauce. Will def make them again. Nice change from the norm.
Not bad, but not great either. They needed an orange glaze on top or something to add some moisture and more flavor. My kids said they tasted bitter.
I followed the recipe exactly (not the topping), as I always do with every recipe before modifying them. Not orangey enough and a bit on the dry side; therefore the 4-star rating. The 2nd time I added the zest and juice of two fairly large oranges along with about a 1/3 cup of chopped dried cranberries. Turned out wonderfully tasty. The entire family loved them.
These muffins were wonderful! I did not have any problems with them being too dry, even though I only used 2/3 cup of liquid as the recipe suggests. I made only 2 modifications: for the liquid, I squeezed the juice of 2 oranges and then added apple juice to that until I had the required 2/3 cup. Secondly, I did not add the walnuts for the sake of the kids. Even my husband, who claims that he does not like citrus muffins, enjoyed these!
I'm rating it as written, it was bland, dry, not much orange flavor. I made another batch, but half the recipe. Increased the orange juice to 1/2 cup, omitted the nuts, added 1/2 cup raisins, decreased salt to 1/2 tsp, a splash of vanilla. The texture of the muffins was moist but still lacked orange flavor. Next time will try a little orange oil for an orange flavor.
These rose beautifully. I took others advice and did not make the topping. They were a bit bland for my taste. But the orange really did pop. I made lemon cream cheese icing and turned these muffins into cupcakes. They were delicious. :D I will definitely make these muffins/cupcakes again.
A friend of mine is always on the look out for plain orange muffins but they are rare. He is very excited. My entire family loved them.
i did not put walnuts. i put milk in it.they got really burnt
These are just dandy. I made them in mimi muffin trays. If you do this only fill them half full. The topping was great next time I might make a little more since I had mini's there could have been a little more topping. I used regular orage juice but I am wondering if I should have just squeezed the oraange I zested.... hhmmmm next time. Great recipe.
I'm sorry but this was way too greasy and oily. There was way too much butter which drowned out the orange taste. The cooking time was either too long or temperature too high because the muffins got a bit burnt. Maybe this has something to do with my oven though, since no one else here has mentioned it.
I think this recipe is amazing! I expected the more dense, old school muffin that usually end up with from older recipes, but was surprised with the light and airy texture-perfect! Wouldn't change a thing, and will make this many times, I'm sure! To those of you complaining of lack of flavor-make your own orange zest instead of using store-bought, and add a 1/4 tsp or so of orange extract.
These are awesome! I yielded 10 muffins and only had enough topping for 9 muffins using a teaspoon for each. The butter flavor really comes through as does the orange. I will definitely make these again.
These were great! Easy to make and came out wonderfully! I omitted the nuts and topping and added 1 cup cranberries instead. Brought them to work and everyone loved them. :)
These muffins were good, but they weren't as orange-y as I had hoped, and I even added extra zest. Next time, I might throw some orange extract into the mix. The texture was really noist and fluffy and nice, though.
Excellent recipe! These were very moist, and fairly orangey. I used the zest from one large orange, and it was approximately 2 tablespoons. I also was overzealous with the orange juice and used about a cup. To make sure they tasted orange enough for me, I added 1/2 tsp orange extract. The topping was a paste, so I dropped by little globs on top of the muffins, then took a sharp knife and swirled it around on the top of the muffins. They made these very pretty when they came out of the oven. The next time I make these (and there will be a next time!), I plan to use more zest, and probably 1 teaspoon of orange zest. I really love these, and like the fact they are less sweet. Thank you for the recipe!
I just tried this. I was very careful and make only 6 mini after it came out from oven i made another 12 IMMEDIATELY Needless to say, it's perfect. Taste good, look good, smell good! THANKS!