even though this is my first dorie greenspan recipe, i know she's an excellent cookbook writer. i mean, there's a even group of bloggers that have been baking their way through her (huge) cookbook together.
i love dorie's headnote: "the orange flavor in these delicate, cakey and generously blueberried muffins is in the background, like a play's prompter - present, but only to encourage the performance of the star. in this case, the blueberries." this description was all the encouragement i needed to get in the kitchen. and it's accurate. if the blueberries are brad pitt, the orange is taraji p. henson.
adapted from dorie greenspan's baking: from my home to yours
orange berry muffins
grated zest and juice of 1 orange
about 3/4 cup buttermilk
3 tablespoons honey
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar
2 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup blueberries
preheat oven to 400 degrees. put paper liners in a 12 cup muffin pan. pour orange juice in a glass measuring cup. add enough buttermilk to make 1 cup. whisk in eggs, honey and butter. put sugar and zest in a large bowl. rub together with your fingertips until fragrant. whisk in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and stir everything together with a spatula. stir in blueberries then fill paper liners. bake for 22 - 25 minutes.