Monday, April 5, 2010

Orange Pecan Muffins

Crunchy Orange Pecan Muffins with Sprinkly Cinnamon Topping ~~
Servings: 10-12 (regular-size) muffins


For the muffins:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup orange juice
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 Tbsp. veg. oil (I use melted butter instead.)
2 cups biscuit mix
1/2 cup orange marmalade
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans

For the topping:
1/3 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. flour
1 or 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 Tbsp. butter
Preheat oven to 400F.
Line muffin cups with paper liners.
Combine 1/2 cup sugar, orange juice, egg, and oil in a medium-size mixing bowl and blend well. Add biscuit mix and beat vigorously for 30 seconds to combine. Stir in orange marmalade and chopped pecans.
Spoon batter into muffin cups, filling 2/3 full.

For topping:

Combine 1/3 cup sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle topping over muffin batter.

Bake muffins in preheated 400F oven for 20-25 minutes.

*Sometimes when I'm in a Sweeter mood, I drizzle the tops of the baked and cooled muffins with ready-made vanilla icing which has been warmed in the microwave. But don't warm the icing in the plastic tub it comes in; spoon some into a microwave-safe measuring cup for easier drizzling.

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