The other day I bought a baking mix (gasp!) and the side of the box said “Don’t just say it bake it” and then gave examples. If you want to say “We’re so proud of you!” make snickerdoodle cookies. If you want to say “Thank you for all you do!” make a hummingbird cake. Lastly, if you want to say “I love you!” a cherry dump cake would be in order. At first I was a little horrified. Is this what I do? Do I bake for my family instead of saying the words that my heart feels?
Communication can get trickier as the boys get older. It can be hard to know what to say or when to say it. It feels like the majority of what I say in the course of the day is either correcting behavior or giving instructions. I want to be sure that words of support and praise are said in between the “please put your clothes away” interactions that happen so often. As I was putting my little one to bed last night, I said “I love you” and he said “I know”. Whew.
As we head into the holiday season, food and gifts all get rolled into one massive expression of gratitude and love. This year I want to be sure to use the words that go along with the baking. I appreciate you. You mean so much to me. I love you. Baking really is an act of love and a tangible way to show that you are thinking about a person. There is a reason most recipes make enough for a crowd – muffins and cookies are meant to be shared.
I thought these orange chia seed muffins would be perfect for this week. Muffins are such a great go-to for breakfast, lunch boxes and after school snacks.
Now go put away your clothes.
Orange Chia Seed Muffins
Adapted from Joy the Baker, this muffin tastes quite decadent and straddles the line between muffin and cupcake. The top is nice and crisp with a balanced orange flavor. The chia seeds are slightly nutty and give some textural interest to the muffin. I have a feeling it would be a welcome addition to any breakfast table.
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- Zest of one orange (about 1 tablespoon)
- 3/4 cup sour cream (I use full fat)
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted and cooled
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Juice of 1/2 orange (about 2 tablesoons)
- Granulated sugar for topping if desired
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 2 tablespoons orange juice, plus more if needed
Pre heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a muffin tin with baking cups or spray with cooking spray. Whisk flour, sugar, chia seeds, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, salt and orange zest in a large bowl. Set aside. Combine sour cream, butter, eggs, vanilla extract and orange juice in a small bowl. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix with a spatula until flour mixture is just incorporated. Spoon into prepared tin and sprinkle with granulated sugar if desired. Bake for 18-20 minutes. The muffins will be golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center will come out clean. Let cool in the muffin tin until cool enough to touch and then transfer to a cooling rack.
Mix glaze ingredients in a small bowl until smooth. Add an extra squeeze or two of juice if the glaze is too thick to dip muffins in to coat. I like my glaze thick enough that it doesn’t drip down the sides of the muffin but thin enough to not need a spoon to spread it. Add a tablespoon of powdered sugar if the glaze is too drippy. Dip muffins in glaze and serve. The glaze will harden as it dries. Muffins are best the same day they are made but you can put a little life in them the next day by warming them in 350 degree oven for a couple minutes. Enjoy!