3.01.2010

Almond and Blood Orange Upside Down Muffins

I couldn't resist picking up a few blood oranges at the store yesterday. I was just going to eat them but then I thought putting them into a muffin might be more fun and tasty. I've seen blood orange upside down cakes but never blood orange upside down muffins so.....

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I still have leftover almond flour from my cookies so I stuck some of that in as well.

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Just when I think I've picked a favorite muffin an even better one comes along.

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The combination of orange and almond is wonderful!

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These would be great warm with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. Yum!

Almond and Blood Orange Upside Down Muffins
by theUngourmet

makes about 18 muffins

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3 large eggs
1/2 cup blood orange juice or regular orange juice
1 tbsp orange zest
1/3 cup milk
3/4 cup canola oil
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup almond flour
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

18 1/4 inch thick blood orange slices
1/3 cup sliced toasted almonds
brown sugar
1/4 cup butter

Spray oil muffin pans. Place a 1/2 tsp butter and a sprinkling of brown sugar in the bottom of each muffin cup. Place into a 375 degree oven for 3-5 minutes until melted.

In a large bowl combine the eggs, juice, zest, milk, oil and vanilla. Whisk to combine.

In a smaller bowl combine the flour, almond flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk to combine.

Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and stir just until combined.

Place a slice of orange into each muffin cup. Fill cups 1/2 full and place into a 375 degree oven for 16-18 minutes.

Carefully remove muffins from pan. Allow to cool on rack.

I lost a few of my almond slices when I took these out of the pan but I just stuck them back on and they stayed on after cooling.

You must give these a try. You'll love 'em!!

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57 comments:

Bo said...

Great idea...I have made a meyer lemon upside down cake before...not in a muffin tin...these look great...I will bookmark your recipe.

Jo said...

These look (and sound) amazing! I could go for one right now! I'm adding the needed ingred. to my market list.

Thanks ~
Jo

Velva said...

These look absolutely delightful. I really like the idea of using the blood orange in an upside down version. Darn, that is so creative! I can see why these are your new favorite muffins.

Sook said...

Blood oranges are so pretty! I've never made anything with them but this looks fabulous! Yum!

Krista said...

How cool! I need to find some blood oranges and almond flour. I'd love to try these. You have the best recipes!

Joanne said...

Good to know about the orange and almond flavor combo! Although I think you'd be hard put to find any fruit that doesn't go well with almonds. I really need to use blood oranges for something before they are completely out of season. These muffins looks awesome!

Jenn said...

Delicious looking muffins, Kim. I need to pick me up some blood oranges ASAP. Yum!!!

jenjen said...

You come up with the greatest ideas! Those look so good. And your pictures are so beautiful Kim!

I hope you are having a great week!

XOXO
Jen

♥peachkins♥ said...

I wanna see some blood orange.. the muffins look great!

Sophie said...

You always have the fab ideas!!

Waw,..these look so cute & lovely,...so tasty too!

TKW said...

You rock, Muffin Queen! These are so creative!

Debbie said...

Yum! I made muffins yesterday. I wish I had seen this first:)

Claudia said...

Yes- almonds and oranges - better yet -almonds and blood oranges - your muffins are calling to me.

Bellini Valli said...

Blood oranges are a special treat this time of year. Thanks for sharing.

Kristin said...

You are such a creative cook. My Mom is like that. Wish I had inherited it. Ah ha

biz319 said...

Wow - they look so moist!! Love it!

Rambling Tart said...

How lovely! They look so moist and delicious. I do so love blood oranges. :-)

Pam said...

Blood oranges are so excellent! The muffins look delicious and an interesting way to use the oranges. Yum!

The Blonde Duck said...

Those are so cute!

Mary said...

I really love the way these muffins sound. Blood oranges have just gone on my shopping list. I really want to try these.

Randi Troxell said...

oh!

these truly look awesome.. and i also wanted to say, that its been a week or so since i've been here but i LOOOVE your new blog look.. so pretty, springy, and delicate too!

Allyson said...

So, I was doing my weekly shopping at Meijer yesterday and spotted some blood oranges. But then it said something about use them in baking or juices and I thought "hmm...perhaps you aren't supposed to eat them??" So, I grabbed a few ho-hum naval oranges. But I'm adding them to my list for next week because these look fantastic! Life is too short to not eat muffins, I say! I'm so confused by pastry flour, though. Is that it's own thing?? Not regular flour? I can cook until the cows come home...baking is such a LEARNING experience for me.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Yum - so creative! I love blood oranges.

Bob said...

That is awesome. I'm totally stealing that idea. :D

Selba said...

Wow! Looks wonderful! How I wish that I could find blood orange here in Jakarta.

The imPerfect Housewife said...

Seriously guess what I just got this week from a Pampered Chef party - a zester! I know, right!?? You're the official Muffin Mama! ♥

Faith said...

As always, you are brilliant, Kim! Almond and blood oranges is a combo I would never have thought to pair, but I can totally see how it would be incredible! Not to mention how beautiful these muffins are!

5 Star Foodie said...

Wow, amazing muffins! The combination of blood orange and almonds sounds terrific! Excellent idea!

Katy ~ said...

You can just send a pile of those right on over this-a-way. They look super!

Angie's Recipes said...

What a cool idea to make upside down cake as a mini version! Looks so moist and rich!

Xiao Yen Recipes said...

Ok, the only thing I don't have is almond flour. Definitely will try your recipe. My girls love to bake. We made red velvet cupcake last weekend. They will sure love this much healthier treat.

Julie said...

I've never even had a blood orange...I'm sure the muffins were awesome :)

Natalie Catherine said...

wow that looks amazing.. i need to try this!

I left you a little something on my blog!

teresa said...

i love orange flavored breads and cakes, such a great unique taste! this looks outstanding!

Stephanie said...

Those look incredible. I've never even had a blood orange!

Catherine said...

These muffins look incredible! What a fabulous idea!
Have a wonderful week!

SashaInTheKitchen said...

I can never resist blood oranges either. some days i come home with blood oranges and pomegranates and later figure out how to use them in fun ways. The muffins look fabulous!

ck said...

I love blood oranges. I bet those muffins were delicious.

Mc Allen said...

ohhhh mama reallllly like!! Thanks for saring, these look so delish!!! (Ive never seen those so red before!) Im gonna try these :) xoxo LA

Sweet and Savory said...

What a fantastic idea. This is striking to look at.

Stop over. I am having a giveaway for cookware.

http://sweetsav.blogspot.com/2010/03/paula-deen-skillets-yes-giveaway.html

Dajana said...

Gee, every time I think you've reached the top with a muffin recipe, you come along with a another one. Love this idea, just love it!

Jeannie said...

Sure looks like a really yummy muffin! I can imagine myself sinking my teeth into one of those! Great job!

Holly said...

Upside down anything!! Creative for sure:) I would like to invite you to come by and check out our new food blog-The Peppered Pantry:)

Erica said...

Those cupcakes looks so moist and delicious! i love the new look of your site and your pictures are beautiful!

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Looks beautiful!

Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner?
www.mawhats4dinner.com

carissa @ lowercase letters said...

umm, i want some. they look beyond amazing. i love your blog. so happy i found it. : )

Anh said...

I adore 'up-side-down' cake! And your idea for the muffin is amazing.

Emily said...

The oranges alone looked delicious!!!

Rhiannon Nicole said...

That picture of the orange? GORGEOUS. Wow Kim!! Never had a blood orange because the name is kind of yucky but this sounds very yummy :)

Juliana said...

Very creative...love it! Orange and almond all together must taste so yummie...and so pretty :-)

Kathleen said...

Wow! These looks and sound delicious! Very clever idea!!

Jescel said...

i'm glad i stumbled upon your blog.. that blood orange upside down muffin is so creative of you. that totally looks yummy!

clearlytangled said...

i am suddenly overwhelmed with hunger and a craving to try these muffins!

jacqueline said...

This is such a wonderful idea and those muffins look sooo yummie ~ they are making me drool! I wonder if i could find blood orange around here at the local supermarket. Would love love to try this! Thanks for sharing and have a lovely merry happy weekend! Love to you!

Lisa said...

These sound amazing! Blood oranges are so intriguing. With almonds they are even more appealing. What a fantastic combination.

Danielle said...

I agree...almonds and orages make a great combo. What a great idea to make upside down muffins.

Michelle said...

WOW...never thought to make upside-down muffins before and such a cute idea too!

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