A whole orange—peel and all—lends the sunshiny taste to these golden muffins. They’re moist, tender and a great way to wake up your family in the morning. But feel free to enjoy them anytime of day.—Valerie Inman, Elkford, British Columbia
1 medium orange, unpeeled and cut into eight wedges
1/2 cup orange juice
1 large egg
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup raisins, optional
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional
In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a blender, combine the orange, orange juice, egg and oil; cover and process until blended. Gradually add dry ingredients just until moistened. Stir in raisins and walnuts if desired.
Fill greased muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 375° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.