Oh my Darling
Oh my Darling, Clementine.......
Yep, these tasty muffins contain the zest of one Clementine and the juice of two Clementines. OH MY DARLING....you knew they were going to be good.
But just in case we needed a touch more goodness, I added a streusel topping. Not just any streusel topping but one made with the addition of trail mix.
These could also be called "Clean out the Pantry" muffins. Because that is exactly what I did. Frank was having a CPL class and I wanted to serve muffins and fruit for the students in the morning. I had a bowl of fruit salad left from Sunday that I had been picking at but still had plenty left for the students. So that left the muffins. I opened the refrigerator and spied half of a bag of clementines....perfect. Then I looked over and saw half a jug of buttermilk and grabbed that out as well.
I made up the batter and started scooping it into the cupcake papers. I felt like they were kind of blah. I was considering emptying them back into the bowl and adding some dried fruit or maybe chocolate chips to the batter. Mmmmmmm, orange and chocolate. I really didn't want to deal with that mess, so then I considered just sticking a few chocolate chips into each filled cup.
I grabbed a handful of trail mix as I pondered and finally decided to make a streusel topping. Maybe some brown sugar, butter and cinnamon would be good. How about nuts? I grabbed another handful of trail mix and turned to the freezer to see what kind of nuts I could add when I had a smack your palm to your forehead moment.
My trail mix had nuts. And dried fruit. And chocolate. Hallelujah, my muffins were saved!! I threw some of the trail mix in the food processor with some flour, sugar and butter and sprinkled it, very generously, over the muffins.
They baked up beautifully, with a tender crumb and a nice crown from the combination of baking powder and buttermilk. The streusel was gorgeous and the muffins had to be eaten with one hand underneath so you didn't lose any of that crumbley goodness.
I served them up along with the fruit, coffee and juice. As I was putzing around the kitchen, I heard one of the students exclaim to the others "Wow, this is some muffin!".
Oh My Darling Muffins
2 c. flour
1 T. baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. buttermilk
zest of one clementine (mandarin)
juice of two clementine (mandarin)
1/4 c. canola oil
1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. sugar
1/3 c. butter, cut into chunks
1/2 c. trail mix
Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and set aside.
In a smaller bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, buttermilk, zest, juice and oil. Dump into the well of the dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. Divide batter between 12 muffin tins lined with paper cups.
Make the streusel by placing the flour, butter, sugar and trail mix in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse to desired consistency. Sprinkle the streusel topping generously over the batter.
Bake in a preheated 400* oven for 15-18 minutes or until a skewer inserted into a muffin removes cleanly. Print Recipe
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