Thursday, April 24, 2014

Miz Helen's Orange Tea Muffins

You might know by now I hate to waste anything.  I made Irish Soda Bread, Buttermilk Chocolate Cookies and there was half a quart of buttermilk left to go into something yummy. I also had 2 little oranges in the bowl leftover from the bag of oranges I gave to John and Elsie. This was perfect cause the recipe called for 2 oranges! 

I visit so many wonderful blogs and this recipe is from
Miz Helen's Country Cottage. This recipe is from Miz Helen's  Aunt Ann. I asked permission before adding the recipe to the blog.  I'm so honored to share it with everyone. Thank you Miz Helen!

Leda's birthday was in December and she wanted an orange cake. Let's just say I'm not a cake maker. It came out ok, she was polite and said it was good but it sure didn't meet my standards. She loves anything orange and since we will be leaving soon I want to make her as many goodies as I can before we head back to NY. She had a visit with the eye doctor and lets say she needed something special when she got home. I showed up with 4 mini muffins and 1 large one. Added the glaze to the the mini's, none to the large.

Wow, did she get them down in a hurry and told me to bring more over! Miz Helen- 5 thumbs up :-)

I saved a few for my gal Polly. I think she's gonna like this recipe also.


2 cups Flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 sticks unsalted butter ( I softened it)
1 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
Zest of 2 oranges
1 teaspoon orange extract


Preheat oven to 375 degrees

In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar until creamy with a electric mixer.

Add one egg at a time into the butter and sugar combination, I usually let my eggs come to room temp before I start baking. Mix until well combined.

Add the orange extract and mix well.

Add the flour, adding a little at a time and continue to combine all the flour making sure it mixed well.

In a small bowl add the buttermilk and the baking soda and make sure the baking soda is dissolved.

Combine the buttermilk to the butter, sugar, egg, orange extract. Stir making sure the buttermilk is mixed in.

Add 3/4 of the orange zest to batter and again mix and make sure it well combined.

Pour batter into greased muffin tins- I used mini muffins and standard size in pretty cupcake shells.

Bake in your preheated oven for 12- 14 mins ( I baked mine mini's 11 minutes) I didn't time the standard. Just watched them and when they were golden brown I took them out.

Orange Glaze:

Juice of 2 oranges- enough to make 1 cup juice
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon orange zest- from the 2 oranges 


In a saucepan heat the OJ and the brown sugar and cook till it comes to a boil. Glaze the muffins when they come out of the oven.

I love my new plate! It was Leda's and she wanted me to have it. It's so pretty.


  1. Oh my gosh do those look GOOD. I love orange everything so these will be right up my alley. I hope I can find some decent oranges so that I can give these a try. They look like a plate full of sunshine. I'm like you Linda, I hate to waste and try to find a home for every bit of food here that needs used up.

    Speaking of plate-you know me and dishes......I LOVE the plate Leda gave you-that's a beauty. That ruffled edge is so pretty.

    Thank you Linda, Miz Helen and Aunt Ann........those muffins are on my "to try" list for sure. :)

  2. This plate of muffins is a work of art! Totally pinnable. Tell you a little is Editor's Pick on next week's Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop on Ducks 'n a Row! (How do I know? I am the editor! LOL)
    So glad you stopped by my party.
    Can hardly wait to see more of your great recipes.

    1. Thank you! I need to pick up more buttermilk, request coming in for more.
      Love your party and so happy found it and such a cute name.
      I'll be back to party again next week. Thanks again.

    2. I wanted to grab a button that I was featured but I don't see one, I also do not belong to google plus so I couldn't leave a note to thank you but I saw Miz Helen did.

  3. These look so cheerful and delicious. I know what you mean about wasting food. I am about to make some Boston Brown Bread. I have never tried it in a small loaf pan.... we'll see.

  4. Miz Helen has a great blog and wonderful recipes. These muffins look delicious and I love your presentation.

    1. Thank you, I totally agree. Miz Helen has a great blog!

  5. I didn't get here yesterday, so I checked this before I looked at today entry......Linda, you should do a cookbook, "Waste Not, Want Not" are so good with using up all the food and products you are just amazing. These muffins look so good. I will have to try them. The plate and the presentation is just beautiful !!!!!!! I just love coming here to see what is on the blog ....

  6. Hi Linda,
    The muffins look awesome and I am so glad that all of you enjoyed them, makes me want to go make them again. I am honored that you made them and always look forward to your food creations. Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for trying the recipe!
    Miz Helen

    1. I appreciate you allowing me to share Aunt Ann's recipe. I have requests for more :-)

    2. They look so good. Leda is going to miss you so much Linda. I hope you call her off and on. She won't just Miss you she is going to miss those goodies as well. I pray she is still there when you return . Keep those goodies coming.

  7. This looks beautiful and I'm sure they taste the same way! Pinned! Thank you so much for sharing at our party. Please swing by on Tuesday, we love to see your beautiful food! Lou Lou Girls

  8. Hi Linda,
    I sure am glad that you were able to share your Orange Tea Muffins with us today, and so happy that everyone loves them! Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. Congratulations! This post is going to be featured over at Diana Rambles tomorrow and has been pinned in the Featured at Diana Rambles board at Pinterest, Tweeted, and Recommended on G+. Please grab a featured button off my sidebar or via the link under the features. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!

  10. Hey Diane! Thanks for featuring me, really appreciate it. Can't wait for it to go up so I can grab that button.