TWD: Citrus Currant Sunshine Muffins

March 15, 2011

This week, the Tuesdays with Dorie bakers were trying to stir up some spring weather with Citrus Currant Sunshine muffins.

These muffins, selected by Lauryn of Bella Baker, will brighten your day with orange and lemon – orange juice, orange zest, and lemon extract. They even look like sunshine!

What I did: I made half the recipe, which gave me six muffins. I was pleased to find that I had orange juice in the freezer and lemon extract in the pantry. I didn’t have currants on hand, but I was thrilled to buy them, because I love currants but don’t usually think of buying them. I replaced half of the butter with plain yogurt to lighten things up a bit.

How it went: These were crazy-easy to mix up!

How it tasted: I just love the currants! I’m a huge raisin fan, and currants are like mini raisins! A fresh muffin made a very tasty and welcome coffee break during a long day of baking and cooking.  I was pretty sure that my husband wouldn’t like these, but I was surprised to learn that he did. He was really enthusiastic and said that he liked the bright flavors and the texture of the currants. He’s not a raisin fan, so this is a fantastic news for me. Maybe if I substitute currants for raisins in some recipes, we’ll both be happy. Stay tuned!

Ready to bake up some spring-like muffins? You can find the recipe on page 7 of Baking: From My Home to Yours, or Lauryn has the recipe published today.


  1. These sound really good since I am a huge cutrus fan. Nice and fresh!

  2. I love currants, too, they are so tiny and have this huge burst of flavor…just really hard to describe but I love them better than a raisin even though they taste like a raisin. We loved this recipe. Love your little vignette photo, it makes the muffins look even more special!

  3. Like your husband, I don’t like raisins but currants are okay! so funny. Glad you both enjoyed the muffins

  4. That’s a great idea, to sub currants for raisins because I’m not a raisin fan either but currants were nice. Your muffin looks so good!

  5. I love your idea about substituting some yogurt in these. I wonder how sour cream would be? Great looking muffins.

  6. I used dates instead of currants (that’s what I had). But I would like to try currants, I also think dried blueberries or cheeries would be great. So many tasty options! They were very buttery, plain yogurt could be a great addition. Have a great day.

  7. I’m a big currant fan but I use them in couscous, not desserts. I may have try this recipe again with currants this time.

  8. I’m so glad you mentioned that currants are like mini raisins. I’ve never had them and always wondered whether I might like them – your description makes me think I might 🙂 Glad the muffins were a hit!

  9. Glad you loved these! I only made 6 too – unless I give them away, I find 12 muffins, even yummy ones, overwhelming. Love your groovy placemat BTW.

  10. So glad your hubby loved them too! Good call on lightening them up with yogurt. I will try that next time! Thank you for baking with me!!!

  11. I love muffins and anything with citrus. These are going on my wish list!

  12. That looks like the perfect breakfast there! I liked these a lot too. It’s funny, I like raisins in moderation, but never have a problem with currrants – I think the small size makes them seem less intrusive in baked goods.

  13. Your muffins look like a little bit of heaven…and I am LOVING the shape and look of that coffee mug!!!!

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