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How To “Fancy Up” Your Muffins
Much of the fun of baking is adding your own creative touch. Today we’ll share with you ways to “fancy up” your muffins. We’ll show you how to add a touch of orange to your muffins, put a fancy graham crumb topping on them, or top them with cream cheese. You can do this with most recipes of your choosing.
How to Make Orange Muffins
Pick a recipe that uses baking soda (or baking soda and baking powder) as a leavener. Baking soda is alkaline and needs an acid to complete the chemical reaction that causes the bubbles. Buttermilk is the acid most often used. Since orange juice is an acid, you can use that in place of buttermilk, so substitute orange juice for buttermilk in equal amounts. Orange juice alone is too sweet and mild to add much flavor so add a tablespoon of orange zest which carries much more flavor.
Add a streusel topping and include one tablespoon of orange zest in the streusel topping. Here is a streusel topping mix that works well:
Orange Nut Streusel Topping
1/2 cup walnut pieces
1. Chop the walnuts into small pieces.
To Make Brown Sugar—Graham Topped Muffins
Use your favorite muffin recipe. Mix the muffins as called for in the recipe; you are only adding a topping. Here is the topping recipe.
Oat-Graham-Brown Sugar Topping
1/2 cup brown sugar
1. Mix the first four ingredients together.
To Put a Cream Cheese Topping on Your Muffins
A cream cheese topping is unusual . . . and very good. Again, pick a favorite recipe and spoon on the topping before baking. Here is the recipe for the topping.
Cream Cheese Topping
8 ounces cream cheese
1. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese until soft
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