Have a berry, bright morning!

How often can you say you've made muffins that were actually healthy for you? That were bursting with flavor but had very little sugar in them? Not often, eh? (I'm Canadian, I can say that.)

Well I could say that when I baked these muffins on Sunday. I could serve them to my children for breakfast and feel pretty good about them. Especially since they wouldn't notice the lack of sugar and could enjoy them, thinking they were eating a treat.

Yes, sometimes I am a sneaky mother.

I've never made as many recipes from one book as I've done so far with Dorie's book. And considering I haven't even finished reading it (I'm at page 374, so getting there), this is impressive. I've jumped on the bandwagon of bloggers who are in love with this book.

Orange Berry Muffins, page 3, the introductory recipe of the bible. After eating one, you would not believe there is only 1/4 cup of orange juice, plus some zest, in these muffins. And you'll never believe there is only 1/3 cup of sugar, along with 3 tablespoons of honey. That's it!

Despite this, these muffins are bursting with bright, berry flavor! You can see the orange zest throughout them, the flavor of which matches nicely with the fresh blueberries. (Btw, I used a naval orange for this.)

Once again, I can't seem to get the same yield as Dorie. I considered emailing her and asking her what size her muffin pans were by volume but then decided that my getting 16 muffins instead of 12 wasn't too tragic - it meant they would last a little bit longer!

I chose not to use the decorating sugar on my muffins. Instead I put them as is in my kids lunch boxes, and rake in the rave reviews when they come home with an empty spot and ask if there are any muffins left.

Thanks again Dorie!


Brilynn said...

I love that you're on the bandwagon! This was the first Dorie recipe I ever made!

Peabody said...

Yeah, Dorie is the best...those look great.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Great muffins that you can be happy to make and happy to give to the kids.

Lis said...

I'm going to try those muffins one day - especially since I'm always complaining about what to bring to work for breakfast that isn't loaded with sugar.

The banana cake looks great too! Isn't it the best? It's my most favorite banana bread recipe now (even though it's a naughty one! hehee)

Alpineberry Mary said...

I always get the correct yield with cookies but hardly ever with muffins/cupcakes. But like you said, the batch of muffins will last longer (or feed more mouths)!