It has been quite some time since I posted about a muffin. Bascially because I was “muffined out” earlier this year. However, today I happen to be home alone and felt like making muffins!! Yes. I have been on “break” since December 24th and this is my first day home alone. I’m doing housework, sorting thru my gifts I bought for next year (yup, already), thinking about what I’m going to make for dinner and mentally prepping myself for Monday when I have to go back to work.

It is a chilly 12 degrees outside today and warming the house up some by making some muffins was perfect. I decided to go to the TWD site and see what muffin’s they had already made in the past. I found that almost a year ago the then small group had made Dorie’s Orange Berry Muffin. Since I had blueberries in my freezer from my blueberry picking expedition and I just happened to have an orange in my fridge, I knew I had found my choice.

These muffins were very easy to make, smell wonderful before and while baking, have a very soft tender crumb and are not too sweet. This is a great muffin recipe!

Orange Berry Muffins

Dorie Greenspan “Baking: From My Home to Yours”

Grated zest and juice of 1 orange
About 3/4 cup buttermilk *see below
2 large eggs
3 Tablespoons honey
1 stick (8 Tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1/3 cup sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup blueberries – fresh, preferably, or frozen (not thawed)
Decorating sugar, for topping (optional)

Getting Ready:
Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Butter or spray the 12 molds in a regular-size muffin pan or fit the molds with paper muffin cups. Alternatively, use a silicone muffin pan, which needs neither greasing nor paper cups. Place the muffin pan on a baking sheet.
Pour the orange juice into a large glass measuring cup or a bowl and pour in enough buttermilk to make 1 cup. Whisk in the eggs, honey and melted butter.
In a large bowl, rub the sugar and orange zest together with your fingertips until the sugar is moist and the fragrance of orange strong. Whisk in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and, with the whisk or a rubber spatula, gently but quickly stir to blend. Don’t worry about being thorough – the batter will be lumpy and bubbly, and that’s just the way it should be. Stir in the blueberries. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups.
Bake for 22 to 25 minutes **. If you want to top the muffins with decorating sugar, sprinkle on the sugar after the muffins have baked for 10 minutes. When fully baked, the tops of the muffins will be golden and springy to the touch and a thin knife inserted into the center of the muffins will come out clean. Transfer the pan to a rack and cool for 5 minutes before carefully removing each muffin from its mold.
*I had to improvise a little because I did not have buttermilk so I made my own by putting about a tablespoon of lemon juice in my measuring cup and then filled it to 3/4 cup with my 1% milk.

**I baked mine for only 20 minutes and they were already getting dark on the top. I did pull them out at 10 minutes as suggested and sprinkled the muffin with sugar.

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Maria January 2, 2009 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    I love these muffins! Great start to the new year!

  2. Melissa January 2, 2009 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    They looks so pretty inside. Delicious!

  3. Meg January 2, 2009 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    The muffins look just perfect!! YUM!

  4. Barbara Bakes January 2, 2009 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    I love that you have blueberries in your freezer that you picked! The muffins look great!

  5. Marthe January 2, 2009 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    They look perfect!! I madee these for work earlier this year, but forgot to take pictures and blog about them…. I loved these!

  6. Amanda January 2, 2009 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    Wow that looks amazing!

  7. pinkstripes January 2, 2009 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    I love these muffins. They are so good. I’ve made them twice and I may have to make them again.

  8. Jessie January 2, 2009 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    OK. I just woke up, and now I hope that a plate of these magically appear when I walk into my kitchen. Looks great! Yum 😀

    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

  9. Pam January 2, 2009 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    Oh they look so perfect. I could eat a few for breakfast right now. Enjoy your quiet time at home.

  10. Sabrina January 2, 2009 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    Oh wow… those look great! I could go for some! Its cold here too and now i am tempted to make those muffins!!! Enjoy your time alone! 🙂

  11. Cami @ Creating Myself January 2, 2009 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    Oh buy, do those muffins look good!

    Happy New Year Shelby! I hope it brings you much happiness!

  12. Ingrid January 2, 2009 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    Love that photo of the muffin split in half where you can see those gorgeous blueberries! Such great colors!

    You must be lovin life at home quiet! It’s a rare day that its quiet at home for me…..

  13. creative one January 2, 2009 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    The muffins look yummy. Now I am in the mood for muffins, I will have to make some tomorrow.

  14. ♥Reeni January 2, 2009 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    Blueberries and orange, how refreshing. Makes me long for summer! They look so yummy!

  15. Ginger January 2, 2009 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    These look almost too good to eat, but I am still going to make and eat them!!! Your photos are stunning. Thanks for your postings.

  16. J.Danger January 2, 2009 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    What an awesome post! Thank you.

    Happy New year to to also!

  17. J.Danger January 2, 2009 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    What an awesome post! Thank you.

    Happy New year to to also!

  18. Dawn January 2, 2009 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    I never tire of blueberry muffins. I can eat them every single morning. Love that middle shot.

  19. 5 Star Foodie January 3, 2009 at 12:48 am - Reply

    Those do look really good!

  20. Flourchild January 3, 2009 at 12:49 am - Reply

    The muffins look great. Im adding it to my list of Dories recipes to try! Happy New Year!

  21. Patsyk January 3, 2009 at 1:24 am - Reply

    Those muffins are really bursting with berries! They look wonderful!

  22. Christy January 3, 2009 at 1:43 am - Reply

    I love blueberry muffins and these sound amazing! What a great recipe to begin the new year.

  23. Olga January 3, 2009 at 2:29 am - Reply

    love the crunchy sugar on top!!!

  24. Noble Pig January 3, 2009 at 5:11 am - Reply

    Blueberries sound great this time of year and the decorating sugar makes them so cute!

  25. JyLnC January 3, 2009 at 5:40 am - Reply

    I’ve never had an orange and blueberry combo in a muffin before. They sound really good and cozy.

  26. Cakelaw January 3, 2009 at 5:44 am - Reply

    These look and sound great. I have to go back to work too next week, so I’ll have to remember to put them on my morning tea muffin baking agenda. Happy New Year!

  27. Sara January 3, 2009 at 6:22 am - Reply

    mmmm…those look SO yummy. Btw, did you know you are on the front page of foodbuzz right now?? Fancy fancy!

  28. Matt January 3, 2009 at 10:45 am - Reply

    The combination of blueberry and orange sounds refreshing. I love that close up of the open muffin… the colors are beautiful!

  29. Mari at Once Upon a Plate January 3, 2009 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Shelby, Welcome back!

    You always find the best recipes.

    Oh my gosh, and that shot of the interior is killing me! YUM.

  30. justeatfood January 3, 2009 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    They look so cheery on this cold winter day!

  31. No Thyme To Cook January 3, 2009 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    Great pictures, those muffins look so good! I can just hear the crunch of the sugar 🙂

  32. Bellini Valli January 3, 2009 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons bring
    the best to you and yours!

  33. Priscilla January 3, 2009 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    Wow. these look so delicious! I love making muffins!

  34. natalia January 3, 2009 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    Ciao ! We visit each other blog together and we bake muffins together too ! I’m cuddling my black cat rocco now who knows what is ratton doing ?? Baci

  35. PaniniKathy January 3, 2009 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    Mmmm…light and fluffy and wonderful! I should resolve to bake more from my Dorie Greenspan book 🙂

  36. Debbie January 3, 2009 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    The sugar looks great on the muffins! They look delicious. I have the book and need to try these. I also improvise for buttermilk the same way…..

  37. Debbie January 3, 2009 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    The sugar looks great on the muffins! They look delicious. I have the book and need to try these. I also improvise for buttermilk the same way…..

  38. RecipeGirl January 4, 2009 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    Yummy looking muffins!

  39. Hallie Fae January 11, 2009 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    You can also make buttermilk with 1 cup of milk and 1 Tbsp of white vinegar. The best to use is whole milk, but you can use 2% or skim too. Those muffins look great!

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