I admittedly love any excuse to get out of town, but unfortunately, that isn't always possible.
The next best way to cure a case of urban cabin fever? Finding a way to bring a bit of nature home through the things we eat and drink!
Simply Orange to create a couple sunshine-filled brunch recipes to help you bring a bit of fresh-from-the-grove flavor into your home, no matter where you live.
Oranges have always tasted like summer days to me, and I think a tall chilled glass of orange juice (or a sparkly mimosa!) is one of the quickest ways to infuse a bit of bright summer into your day.
By the way, baking with orange juice? Totally a thing you should get into. These super easy homemade Orange Sunshine Muffins are filled with amazing orange flavor (they have a full two cups of Simply Orange juice in them!) and are a perfect treat with which to start the day.
This is one of those just stir and bake kind of recipes; no fancy mixer or equipment needed, which makes them perfect for the morning. Click here to get the muffin recipe.
I divided my batch into 12 regular-sized muffins, and 6 giant bakery-style ones topped with a crackly sugar crust, just because giant muffins are the best thing ever.
Orange Rose Mimosa adds a bit of rose water and fresh lemon juice, for an elegant twist on the classic. Though I usually love a little pulp in my orange juice, I think mimosas work best without pulp, so the Simply Orange Pulp Free is my go-to for these. Click here to get the mimosa recipe.
Both of these recipes were made for entertaining, so invite of a few of your favorites over and set out a few more treats to share. Here are a few other suggestions:
To go along with our mimosas, I went with a selection of oranges and mandarins, bright red strawberries, and plump blueberries. Cut the oranges into big wedges, and let everyone dive in and get real juicy and messy.
I started out with crumbled goat cheese, and then sprinkled olive oil, dried lavender, and chopped mint, then served it with little toasts. Experiment with your favorite spices and toppings.
Finally, some crunchy granola, and yogurt or cottage cheese is a great way to round out the simple menu.
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Orange Sunshine Muffins
Makes 2 dozen regular muffins or 12 giant muffins
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups granulated white sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
1 3/4 cups Simply Orange juice (I used Simply Orange Pulp Free)
3 tablespoons fresh orange zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons Turbinado sugar for topping (optional)
Confectioner’s sugar for dusting (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or line two 12-cup muffin tins (or two giant 6-cup muffin tins). Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and orange zest. Pour in the melted butter, eggs, orange juice, and vanilla, and stir just until evenly combined.
Divide the batter evenly into the prepared pans, filling each cup about 3/4 of the way. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar on top, if using.
Bake 15-20 minutes (or 20-25 minutes for giant muffins), or until slightly golden on top. A cake tester should come up clean with just a few moist crumbs attached.
Let cool in pan 5 minutes, before transferring to wire rack.