my mum is on holiday in California and other than sunshine and glamour this can only mean one thing… great recipes, handwritten, from amazing places she’s been… if she eats something she likes she has no issue with hunting down the chef and making them give her the recipe… it’s a talent of hers for which I’m truly grateful as I’m usually on the receiving end of such recipes… which get ‘oohed and ahh’d’ at for a moment or two then end up tucked into a cookbook somewhere on a shelf and forgotten about…
… I am in the process of re-stocking my kitchen with all the stuff that’s been tucked away in other rooms for the past few months so for this months random recipes I shook out all the books before they went onto the shelves and I ended up with a big pile of mum’s scribbles, magazine clippings and the odd ‘must save’ pull outs… a frantic random shuffle later and out pops this lovely little muffin recipe that mum wrote down when she was last in California at the Peregrine Inn in Yosemite… and they are dynamite muffins… I can’t believe I’d never made them until now, I’ve had this recipe for about 3 years now… amazing!
Orange and Blueberry Muffins
The only thing i’ve changed about this recipe is that I didn’t have any ‘old-fashioned oats’ in the house, so substituted these for crushed wheatabix (I know…) but they taste bloody amazing, so leave it ok…!
I’m also back on BBC Radio Lincolnshire today at 8pm talking about food… as usual, so these are for the lovely James Hoggarth
1 cup old-fashioned oats (or two crushed wheatabix)
1 cup orange juice
3 cups plain flour
1 cup caster sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup vegetable oil
3 beaten eggs
1 1/2 cups blueberries (frozen or fresh)
1 tblspn grated orange peel
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
– combine oats and orange juice – set aside
– mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. make a well in the centre and add the oat, orange mix, oil and beaten eggs. Stir until moist.
– fold in the blueberries and orange zest
– combine the topping mix, sprinkle and sprinkle
– fill the muffin cases, 3/4’s full and bake on 200 for 15 mins
don’t forget to post your random recipes… you have until the end of September…
eat and of course, enjoy!
Please Do Not Feed The Animals. says
Oooh your Mum is like your very own random recipe generator. What a nice idea for lovely souvenirs back from her hols!
The muffins look suitably sunshiny! 🙂
From the Kitchen says
“Necessity” has created many great recipes. In fact, it happens quite often in my kitchen. Kudos to your mother for “chasing down the chef” for this recipe.
Karen S Booth says
I LOVE it when my mum does that too…..and I treasure her handwritten recipes, some of them on the backs of envelopes or paper bags!
A great post and those muffins look the business, so moist and fruity.
girls who like to gorge says
These look so lovely! 🙂 xxxx
Love this post about your mum…she's so kind!!
Love orange flavour…
Susan Lindquist says
Rainy bleary day here in New England … perfect for hot soup and a sweet muffin and tea for dessert. These do look like a bit of sunshine … and I have plenty of frozen berries from the mountain out back … love 'the randomness' of you stuffing Mum's recipe scribbles here and there. How will you stuff them back now that they're on the floor?
We can never have enough delicious muffin recipes waiting in the wings Dom.
you know i love a good muffin…these look great…and I love the idea about the weetabix…will defo be trying these for my weekly treats! 🙂
This looks a good recipe – using oil too, so a bonus for me! How many, roughly, does this make – there looks a large quantity of ingredients when the cups are added up!
crushed wheetabix instead of oats?! so creative! looks wonderful! wish I had the courage to ask restaurant chefs for their recipes! I never do.. but I should!
My Farmhouse Kitchen says
love these…they look wonderful…and know what else i LOVE ??? your kitchen…LOVE the blue cabinets…what a great color
happy to stop by today, my friend
kary and teddy
Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours says
Lovely muffins Dom.
Muffins are my to go easy bake, often very useful for blog challenges as they are so adaptable!
The KitchenMaid says
Delish! Looking forward to signing you up to CRACK (and have I said how much I LOVE the look of your new kitchen? Come on, when do we get to see the rest?
Sue/the view from great island says
I'm so happy to get this recipe and the story behind it. Like many others I've got a freezer stocked with frozen blueberries, so I'm prepared. I do think I'll stick with the old fashioned oats, though…;)
Check out your new kitchen!! I LOVE it ;0)
This is a great post Dom. I'm really enjoying reading all the posts for this month's challenge, they are so full of love and history!
A Trifle Rushed says
You do set very high standards for the rest of us!
These look fab, as does your kitchen.
I must find my cuttings… My son has tidied them away!
These sound good, wish I had the brass neck to ask for the recipe, your mum sounds like a great character!
The Viking says
So you go away for a week and the kitchens already got bread in it, I hope you've cleaned the oven. Chilli veg stew (obviously without the chicken livers) please.
Brownieville Girl says
Hope your Mum is having a wonderful holiday – and that she brings home some more recipes to this standard!!
From Beyond My Kitchen Window says
Lucky mom in California. I just love muffins. They are just the right size when you want a little something good. Great recipe to use up what is left of the blueberries.
Pls share a few more of your Mum's recipes if they're as good as this! I might try making these but substitute the plain for wholemeal flour for a healthy (ish!) breakfast muffin. Lovely!
I've tried the recipe now, with the original oats, and it's a really good recipe. Thanks, Dom's mum, as I don't usually have much success with muffins. Huge recipe though – it made 22 muffins!
Muffins sound delicious with that crunchy cinnamon topping. Like Suelle, my muffin making skills are a bit hit and miss, so look forward to trying this one – possibly without the weetabix. Still no mention of kitchen – will keep searching.