August 12, 2011

Oranges and Poppies

After almost of year of complete non-existence on this blog, here I am posting again for the second time in one week.

I was joking on Twitter (@soilduck) that PhD's make terrible housewives. I spent most of Monday on the internet, researching, doing 'other' work, watching TV and a few minutes tidying the house. Not very housewifey. Today has been quite the opposite. Four loads of washing, baking for a bushwalk tomorrow and the Make Hack Void build-day,  shopping, cleaning, handy-womaning... the list goes on. Maybe there is hope for me yet?!?

I wanted to make something for a bushwalk tomorrow, as well as for Angus and the MHV crew as they get the fake wall installed (which I don't get to help with :( ). Still had a few oranges kicking around from the last bushwalk that I decided to turn into one of my all-time-favourites! Orange and poppy seed muffins!

You will need:

2 cups SR flour
1 tsp baking soda/powder
1/2 cup oil or butter
3/4 cup sugar
Juice and rind from 3 medium oranges
2 eggs
1 packet almond meal
2tbs poppy seeds
Milk/water, just in case

Heat oven at 180*C and grease/line a 12x muffin tray. Sift and mix the flour and baking soda and put aside. In another bowl, mix/cream the sugar and butter. Add the rind and orange juice and mix well. Add the eggs one and a time and beat through. Finally, mix in the almond meal and poppy seeds, and then fold the flour mix through gently (until just mixed through). It will be a fairly stiff mix. If you are worried it is a bit dry, add a tablespoon or two of milk. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.

Delicious by themselves or with cream/ice cream/sour cream frosting. Best served after a day of hard yakka or a long walk ;)