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vanilla muffins w/ orange flavour

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Summer is in its way … autumn will come.

The sweetness of summer fruit may be preserved & create desserts for some months. It may be combined w/ fluffy muffins, plain vanilla muffins w/ intense orange flavour. That’s just what I tried to create.

There is some red fruit compote – in Germany it’s called Rote Grütze. Some compote will end up on a bowl & a muffins will dive into this red deliciousness.

Let’s start w/ the muffins – what do we need?

  • sugar & vanilla extract
  • butter
  • eggs
  • all-purpose flour & baking powder
  • an organic orange.

Start w/ preheating the oven to 160° C fan.

Zest the orange & press the juice.

W/ an electric handhel mixer cream the butter & the sugar – add the eggs & mix until incorporated.

Add the butter-sugar-eggs mess to the mix of flour & baking powder – mix.

Add the orange zest & the orange juice – mix once more.

Line your muffin tin w/ muffin paper moulds.

Distribute the batter evenly in the paper moulds w/ a spoon.

Bake at 160° C fan for at least 15 min. Make the famous test w/ the wooden pin … maybe add up to 5 min to the oven session.

Voilà: 12 fluffy muffins!
(They are delicious even w/o any red fruit compote!)

The red fruit compote …

During summer it’s easy to prepare your home-made red fruit compote:

  • Clean & trim about 2000 g of strawberries, morellos, red currants, black currants, raspberries & blackberries.
  • Mix w/ 1000 g jam sugar (version 1:1).
  • Let it rest for some hours.
  • Heat it up, bring it to a boil & cook along to the recommendation of the jam sugar package.
  • Fill it at once in clean (big) jam jars w/ twist-off caps & close them at once.
  • Put the jam jars upside down & let them cool down.

In general it’s the same process as for producing home-made jam. Because of the amount of fruit the result will be very creamy – not like a jam. That’s exactly how Rote Grütze should be!

Concerning the ingredients:

  • Minimum: strawberries, raspberries, red currants!
  • Morellos – her at my home – are only available for about 2-3 weeks during summer: so either you are just in this period or you forget about morellos (or you add a glass of morellos from your trusted food store).
  • In general all combinations are fine – of course there are classic recipes differing according the region of origin.

Unfortunately …

I hadn’t left any red fruit compote in my pantry!
(So I relied on some red fruit compote from my trusted food store.)

Just transfer some tablespoons heaped w/ red fruit compote to a dessert bowl & add a muffin, a vanilla muffin w/ orange flavour. (Anybody may split the muffin into pieces & admix w/ red fruit compote … creating a private mess …)


vanilla muffins w/ orange flavour
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Servings: 12
  • 100 g butter
  • 100 g sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • a pinch of salt
  • 200 g all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • zest of an organic orange
  • 50 ml orange juice
  • 12 muffin paper moulds
  • muffin tin (12 muffins)
  • electric handheld mixer
how to:
  • Preheat the oven to 160° C fan.
  • Zest the orange & press the juice.
  • Cream butter & sugar. Add the eggs – all w/ the handheld electric mixer.
  • Add vanilla extract & salt.
  • Mix flour & baking powder.
  • Add the sugar-butter-egg mess & the orange zest as well as the orange juice.
  • Fill into the paper moulds w/ a spoon.
  • Bake for about 15-20 min.
  • Make the famous test w/ the wooden pin … (after 15 min!).
  • Let the muffins cool down.