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Muffin Mondays | Blood Orange Corn Muffins

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Sunshine in the form of muffins, that is what these are. The inspiration for these comes from amazing sunshine corn cakes from Clementine. They are delicate, crumbly and have a bit of a crunch from the gritty corn. They have a sweet zesty touch from thick bits of orange throughout the muffin and a lovely thin slice of orange baked on top. Those are sunshine corn cakes.

Inspired by these delicious beauties I picked up some super sweet blood oranges from the farmers market this weekend. Blood orange plus corn meal and flour make a perfect muffin. My muffins use blood oranges rather than regular oranges. Let pulp, more juice and zest. They are bright, sweet and bring a little sunshine to your morning!

recipe below…

Blood Orange Corn Muffins

recipe adapted from Joy the Baker

makes 12 muffins


1 cup AP flour

1 cup cornmeal

6 tablespoons sugar

zest of two blood oranges

¼ cup blood orange juice (just squeeze the oranges your zest)

2 ½ teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup buttermilk

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

3 tablespoons corn oil

1 large egg

½ cup corn kernels (fresh frozen or canned)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Butter or spray muffin pan.

Using a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl whisk together buttermilk, melted butter, oil, egg and blood orange juice and zest. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and with a rubber spatula gently stir ingredients together until just combined. Divide batter evenly among muffin pan. Bake in oven for 15 to 18 minutes or until tops are golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin comes out clean. Remove muffins from oven and allow to cool completely.

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  • banana wonder
    February 5, 2013

    what a delightful combination! LOve the cornmeal contrast!

  • Gastronomer
    February 5, 2013

    I’m lovin’ the top shot, Nastassia. Gorgeous color and composition! And yummy, of course 😉

  • marissa @ the boot
    February 25, 2013

    i love blood oranges! these must be amazing!

  • Kate | Food Babbles
    February 27, 2013

    These muffins are lovely! I haven’t ever tried corn muffins with citrus and the blood oranges are so appealing here. Absolutely gorgeous and so creative.

  • ashley - baker by nature
    March 16, 2013

    Mmmmm, these muffins look bangin! LOVE love LOVE blood orange anything.

  • Heather Tanji
    July 24, 2013

    That. Looks. Delicious.
    Thank you for sharing this recipe! I just bought some blood oranges the other day. And I know what I’m using them for now… 🙂

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