From garden to kitchen: Mandarin muffins

I was expecting a pretty good harvest of mandarins from my little tree this year as it was absolutely brimming with fruit. Then a flock of cockatoos descended on my yard and destroyed them; taking a bite out of each and then dropping them on the ground to rot. I must've lost over 30 mandarins in one hit. How rude.

Luckily I managed to salvage a few. They weren't quite ripe yet so were quite tart when eaten on their own. So I decided to make a nice batch of mandarin muffins with them. Good save, I say.

Mandarin muffins (makes 12). Recipe adapted from here.

Ingredients 

2-3 small mandarins
1 ½ cups self-raising flour
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon all spice
½ cup castor sugar
85g butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 egg, lightly beaten
½ cup milk 

Cinnamon sugar topping
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons raw sugar with ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon added

Method

1. Preheat oven to 180°C. 
2. Peel mandarins, remove any pith and seeds.  Set aside.  
3. In a large bowl, mix flour, salt, spices and sugar.
4. Combine the butter, lightly beaten egg and milk in a separate bowl and whisk. Add to flour mixture and stir until all ingredients are just combined. Spoon into greased muffin pan and then add 1-2 mandarin segments on each muffin, pressing them lightly into the mixture.
5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
6. Remove from pan and brush with melted butter, then sprinkle generously with cinnamon sugar mixture.

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52 Responses to From garden to kitchen: Mandarin muffins

Sharlynn said...

Yummy! I've been good to my word and now after mastering banana muffins, now I'm making apple crumble. Next up I want to try one of your lovely recipes!

My Garden Diaries said...

Good save indeed you! How rude is right!!! I'm glad you were able to grab a couple because these muffins look absolutely insane!!! YUM!!!

maria said...

yum!!! we have so many mandarins at the moment. this is the perfect recipe for them. Thanks ;)

Kim Alston said...

oh noooo! that's ashame they did that. i'm glad you were able to salvage what you could. the muffins look delicious! great photos of them!
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Susannah said...

Trishie these look amazing. I have mandarins in my kitchen right now, I think I'm going to make these muffins! I hope you enter my competition :D sparkle2day.com

Anouka K said...

I've never thought of making mandarin muffins. They look so cute. It's a great idea and now I'm curious to know what they taste like.

LUXESSED

Arni @ Travel Gourmande said...

Hmm mandarins..this looks really yummy.

Genevive said...

oh my!!! i would love to be living near you, id drop by and beg for a muffin or two.. they are so delish looking... PINNED. i must bake some soon...

greenthumb said...

Those cockatoos can be such pretty pests, I've never thought of using mandarins in baking.

Life's a shoe said...

oh wow, these look great! thanks for sharing!

burntfeather said...

I've never heard of mandarine muffins but I imagine the tart-ness would of made them even better :) Yummo!

Regine Karpel said...

Yum!
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little t said...

That is REALLY annoying!

But yeah, good save xo

Ice Pandora said...

Those darn cockatoos! You can
place a big net over the tree,
that might help c:
These mandarin muffins looks
moist and delicious!! Xx

caise said...

they look delicious:)

OtherMix said...

Bad cockatoos! :[
They look nice though! :]

TheMadTwins said...

ooow, these look so cute and delicious! Going to try these after the exams :)

Tina Bradley said...

Oh my--these look delicious, Trishie! Yummy! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

Sam said...

The sounds so fresh and light and zesty for summer, yum!

cquek said...

You are a top notch baker!!

cquek said...

You are a top notch baker!!

cquek said...

You are a top notch baker!!

Real College Student of Atlanta said...

omg tryng this immediately, looks so great!!

juni // hej juni said...

these look delish!! too bad about the cockatoos.. :( you did good with what you saved though!

Johanna said...

These make my mouth water. Delish!

Natalia A said...

They look so delicious! The photos themselves are wonderful, too. And how great it must be to have your own mandarin trees! Like a dream come true. :)
x

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

I've never thought of having muffins with mandarins. These look incredible! Good save Trishie!

Rowena @ rolala loves

Kate Sullivan Corpuz said...

Good save- your muffins look delish!

always, koru kate

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Trishie, you have a mandarin tree in your garden, how delightful! And what a creative idea to bake those fabulous mandarin muffins with the (not quite ripe) fruits! I have never baked with mandarins before but we go through a ton of them in winter time and we adore the way they taste - so I can just imagine your muffins must taste wonderful! I also really like the wonderful warm orange color in your photography!
Have a good Tuesday!

Ali of Dressing Ken said...

Oh my, my oh my but do these look good. I am sorta hungry write now too!

Ali of

Dressing Ken

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I adore mandarins. This looks fantastic.

Satu said...

Mmmm, yum! I wish mandarin and other citrus trees grew here ^^ Only apples and such, and even those not until autumn ..

Indie by heart

Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

Oh my goodness, this looks amazing! I'm filing it for the weekend brunch recipe file. Thanks for sharing!
xo Mary Jo

Erin Motyka said...

Looks like you had fun! The pictures are awesome!

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Prisilia Felicia said...

ah, rude cockatoos >:O
it seems like you can make everything from everywhere, haha. it looks yummy as usual! :''>

Jemma said...

You must know that I can barely imagine cockatoos flying about eating my goodies growing from trees! I just have squirrels and they are quite boring!
Love this recipe!
Happy HUgs-
jemma

Jane said...

oh no! sorry to hear about your mandarins! but glad you got to save a few and oh my! they turned out lovely! looks delicious!

Jessica said...

I am sorry to hear about your mandarins. These muffins look absolutely yummy though.

Tracy @ www.sunnydaystarrynight.com

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Our Neck of the Woods said...

These look so delicious! Too bad the birds got most of your harvest. That is so frustrating!

Supra Jen said...

This recipe looks devine...love your pictures too..very rustic. Defo one to try out this weekend!

Thanks for sharing!

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Meghan Silva said...

How totally rude , atleast you had enough to make these gorgeous treats , have to try it .

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selina said...

as if the mandarin muffins weren't enough you sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top, sounds soo yummy !!

Always Maylee said...

Oh not! But these muffins looks seriously yummy!

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Natalie G said...

These are so pretty, perfect summer time muffin!

Denise said...

Oh, you have such a tree in your garden! So good! Well, then you could bake these delicious muffins! They look amazing! I just saw your previous post (sorry, facing some family issues that prevent me from blogging these days, hopefully soon solved). Sooo cute - you and the baby! I can imagine how you are feeling now! Soon the baby will be in your arms!

Sam said...

Thanks for stopping by sweety!

Elly @ Caribbean Living said...

Ugh, that's so annoying!! Sorry to hear about the cockatoo attack. These look absolutely delish though, nice job. Thanks for sharing the recipe too!

Gillian said...

You have a mandarin tree? And cockatoos??? You world sounds so exotic! But yes, very rude of them to trash your tree but well done on the salvage job, your baking efforts look delicious. x

Latrina M. said...

You know what -- if you ever decide to host a tea party or something... I'd like an invite please! ;)

You always share the yummiest looking treats. Love this one!

akiko hiramatsu said...

An orange enters inside.
You are good at cooking!

akiko

Looking Glass said...

Oh yum! You have some fab recipes here!

Clare x