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Mandarin Orange Muffins 柑橘玛芬糕

by Angie Liew
Mandarin Orange Muffins

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Mandarin Orange Muffins

Classic Buttermilk Muffins With Oriental Touch Of Mandarin Oranges

These lovely mandarin orange muffins are an incredibly juicy, refreshing fruity and not-too-sweet treat with a generous orange peel topping. The citrus mandarin orange juice and peel give these muffins a really fresh and slightly tart flavour. They are simply classic buttermilk muffins with an oriental touch of mandarin oranges in them.

Mandarin Orange Muffins

A Great Way To Use Chinese New Year Mandarin Oranges

They really make a nice change from a regular muffin and a GREAT way to use up excess mandarin oranges in the house. Also, these citrus muffins are perfect for morning or afternoon tea and fabulous for picnics too. So, why not make the most of the excess mandarin oranges during Chinese New Year and bake up a storm with these delicious and irresistible mandarin orange muffins.

As always, ENJOY!

Mandarin Orange Muffins

Mandarin Orange Muffins

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Mandarin Orange Muffins 柑橘玛芬糕

Recipe by Huang Kitchen, Angie Liew
A great way to use Chinese New Year mandarin oranges. Classic buttermilk muffins with the oriental flavour of mandarin oranges. Its so amazing you’ll definitely want more than one!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time40 minutes

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Servings: 12 muffins


Dry Ingredients:

  • 195 grams all-purpose flour
  • 100 grams sugar
  • 2 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon powder
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup mandarin orange, diced, 2 fresh mandarin oranges or 1 tin

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 75 grams butter, melted


  • ½ cup mandarin orange rind, from the 2 mandarin oranges
  • 2 tbsp sugar


    Prepare Ingredients:

    • Peel skin and dice mandarin oranges.
      First, clean and rinse well the mandarin oranges. Then using a vegetable shredder, grate the orange rind. Peel to remove the skin, remove pith, seeds and break into segments. Then, using a sharp knife, cut the segmented mandarin oranges into small pieces.
    • Christmas Streusel Mince Muffins recipe - preheat oven
      Next, preheat oven to 180 degree C and place oven rack in centre of oven.
    • Line a muffin pan with muffin liner.
      Line a 12 cup muffin pan with muffin liners and set aside while we prepare the batter for the muffins.

    To Make Muffins:

    • Combine all the wet ingredients.
      Combine all the WET ingredients: Beat egg and mix with buttermilk and melted butter.
    • Combine all the DRY ingredients.
      Combine all DRY ingredients: In a large bowl mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon powder, nutmeg and salt.
    • Mix WET into DRY ingredients.
      Then, add the WET egg mixture into the DRY flour mixture. Using a spatula, stir only until the ingredients are JUST combined. Do not OVERMIX.
    • Fold in mandarin oranges.
      Next, fold in the diced mandarin oranges.
    • Spoon mixture into muffin cups.
      Using an ice-cream scoop, spoon the batter evenly into the muffin cups till 3/4 full.
    • Top with sugar and orange rind.
      Sprinkle the top with sugar and garnish with mandarin orange rind. And we're ready to bake the muffins.
    • Bake in preheated oven.
      Place muffin tray into preheated oven.
    • Bake for 20 minutes.
      Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of muffins comes out clean. And we're done!
    • Transfer muffin pan to wire rack.
      Remove from oven and cool the muffins in the pan for about 5 to 10 minutes.
    • Then transfer the mandarin oranges onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
    • These muffins can be stored for a few days at room temperature and they freezes well too. As always, ENJOY!


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Be sure to remove pith from the mandarin oranges as the white pith can taste bitter.
You can also choose to lightly butter or spray the muffin cups with a vegetable spray if muffin liners are not available.
Do not OVERMIX the batter or the muffins will become tough.
You can also spoon the batter into the muffin cups using two spoons if ice-cream scoop is not available.
Course: Baking, Desserts
Cuisine: Asian, Baking
Keyword: Festive Food

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