Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Citrus Currant Sunshine Muffins (TWD)

This week's Tuesdays with Dorie (TWD) recipe was chosen by Lauryn of Bella Baker: Citrus Currant Sunshine Muffins. Made with orange juice, lemon juice, orange zest, and dried currants, these muffins are definitely screaming "sunshine" as their name implies.

I didn't have any currants on hand, so I used dried cherries instead. I increased the amount of cherries to a full cup, and that ended up being just right. I think with just 3/4 cup, you'd end up with some bites that were without any dried fruit and that's no fun! ;)

While these muffins have plenty of citrus in them (and some lemon extract), I didn't find the citrus flavor to be very strong. It was there, but I guess I thought it would be much more prominent given the name of these muffins.

I read that many other bakers enjoyed the fact that these weren't very sweet.  Personally, I would have liked these muffins to be a little bit sweeter (but I have a big sweet tooth!). Perhaps a streusel topping is in order next time? :) Overall, though, these muffins were a delight and I would definitely make them again.

Thanks Lauryn, for hosting this week.  If you would like the recipe, you can find it here. Make sure you check out the TWD Blogroll, to see how everyone else enjoyed these citrus-y treats!  And, if you haven't already, head on over here to enter my current giveaway. 

* Recipe notes:
- I increased the amount of dried fruit from 3/4 cup to 1 cup.
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  1. Your muffins look delicious!!!!!I'm sure that they taste wonderfully!!!


  2. These look delicious. Maybe you could up the citrus next time?

  3. Jaime, your muffins look wonderful--but I am with you on the sweet factor. I much prefer a sweeter muffin. :)

  4. Perfect way to wake up!! I love citrus in my baked goods :)


  5. Some TWD bakers added a glaze, so that would add a little extra bit of sweetness! I think yours look wonderful.

  6. I like lots of sweetness too, which is why I added an orange glaze to mine! Yours look gorgeous! Thanks for baking with me this week!!

  7. You can never go wrong with a streusel topping :) I always like things on the sweeter side too!

  8. a streusel topping is ALWAYS in order. lovely work. :)

  9. Love the idea of combining citrus and cherries. Will have to give that a try very soon.