Orange and Sour Cream Muffins

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I was trying to find a use for a leftover of sour cream and came across this recipe. I’ve been wanting to try something with oranges for a while, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity.

While this will never be one of my favorite recipes, it’s really good simply due to the fact it’s quite different from other ones I’ve collected. It’s nice and tangy, and the sour cream makes these very moist.

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Lemon and Blueberry Muffins

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Yes, those muffins pictured are blueberry, not chocolate. As you can see, there’s a lot of blueberries in these. Combined with the lemon, the blueberry flavor is enhanced even more.

I was very pleased with this recipe, especially considering I originally sought it out so I could use leftover crême fraîche. I’ve made a few lemon muffins and blueberry muffins in the past (which I love) and this was similar to neither of those, and yet that was still a good thing.

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Strawberry Muffins or Cake

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Every time I have someone try these muffins, I get the comment “Wow, you can really taste the strawberries in these!” followed by the question “Do you use real strawberries?” Yes, I do. :)

I might be biased because I love strawberries, but these are definitely one of my very favorite muffins. And as a cake topped with stawberry frosting, it makes a really nice and different dessert.

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Vanilla Muffins

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This is a variation on my Cinnamon Doughnut Muffins. Both recipes are great for when you have only the bare baking basics lying around. While these may seem to have a simple and straightforward flavor, these muffins turn out sweet and tasty on their own, and are also very versatile if you want to top them off with frosting. Try them with cream cheese, chocolate or strawberry.

My siblings would probably be interested in knowing that these turn out pretty similar to our mom’s family recipe for reception cake.

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Carrot Cake or Muffins

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I don’t know about you, but I hate raisins. Why do they have to always ruin my desserts? And nuts? I’m not a big fan. It seems there doesn’t exist a carrot cake recipe that doesn’t include one or both of these. It’s something about the cake needing them for the texture or some silly business like that.

Well, I say hogwash! It can be done! Carrot cake lovers and raisin/nut haters, search no more!

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