Yesterday was Labor Day and I love having my people home on Mondays. Just feels good. It was rainy, rainy, and dark and a little bit chilly outside. I was up before everyone else. Not that it was early. Everybody else just slept really late. I love to be up before everyone with it kind of dark outside. I love to cook then. Make my house smell good and have something good waiting for the people I love. Makes me feel motherly and happy.
I had been wanting to make these and just had not done it yet, but I had all the ingredients and a quiet house so I decided to go for it. Straight from Pioneer Woman Cooks I give you:
I used Pamela's Bread Mix and Flour Blend for the all purpose flour.
Cream 2 sticks of butter and a cup of sugar. Yea. I know.
Add 2 eggs and mix until combined.
(I used the electric mixer for most of this but got a little wigged out that I was using the mixer on muffins. If you over mix muffins they will be tough and GF muffins have that issue anyway. I mixed everything just slightly and then finished up by hand. It's the Home Ec. major in me.)
Next, add 2 cups of all purpose flour. I put it in a bowl and give it a good stir with the whisk to "fluff" it. That totally contradicts the whole Home Ec. major thing but I don't own a sifter.
Mix it just a little.
Put a tsp of baking soda into 1 cup of buttermilk and add to mixture.
(I have started to keep buttermilk as a staple in my fridge-makes all things good and works especially good for GF things)
Add the zest of 2 oranges. YUMMY!! This made my house small like a dream!
Finish mixing by hand. Grease a mini muffin pan and fill it up.
Bake at 375 for 15 minutes.
While baking, mix the juice from the oranges and 1 cup of brown sugar. Yea. I know.
When muffins come out of the oven spoon the "sauce" over the warm muffins before removing from the pan.
Let sit for a minute and then remove.
These were fabulous!!
We each ate a couple for breakfast and when I came back through the kitchen later the rest were gone. Consumed by the teenager.
Which totally cracks me up because 2 years ago pre gluten free he ate nearly nothing. At all. Now he eats a dozen mini muffins without even thinking about it!!!