- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons eggnog
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon, brown sugar, and salt.
In another bowl, whisk together eggnog, orange juice, orange zest, egg, egg yolk, vegetable oil, and melted butter. Gently fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients until just combined. Cover and refrigerate the batter for 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Fill muffin cavities 3/4 full and bake for 7 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350°F (175°C) and bake for an additional 13 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Mix powdered sugar, eggnog, and nutmeg to create the glaze. Let muffins cool completely before drizzling the glaze generously. Enjoy!
- For a muffin texture that's light and fluffy, ensure your dry ingredients are well-sifted. This step helps create a smoother batter, leading to a more consistent and delightful crumb.
- When combining the wet and dry ingredients, resist the temptation to overmix. Stop stirring as soon as the ingredients are barely combined to avoid overdeveloping the gluten, resulting in tender, melt in your mouth muffins.
- When incorporating orange zest into the batter, use a fine grater for the perfect zest texture. The fine zest not only enhances the citrusy flavor but also distributes evenly, ensuring each bite is infused with delightful orange notes.
- Use the Deep Roasting Pan in the Larder & Vine Bakeware Set for even baking and easy clean up.
Can I skip the resting step?
While it enhances the flavors, you can bake them immediately. However, allowing the batter to rest intensifies the muffins' taste and texture.
What can I substitute for eggnog if I don't have any on hand?
You can replace it with an equal amount of buttermilk for a tangy twist. Alternatively, whole milk works well to maintain the muffins' moisture and texture. Create your own eggnog-inspired substitute by combining whole milk with a pinch of nutmeg, cinnamon, and a dash of vanilla extract. This makeshift eggnog blend will infuse your muffins with that signature holiday taste.
Any alternatives for the orange zest and juice?
If orange isn't your preferred citrus flavor, consider using lemon zest and juice instead. The bright and zesty notes of lemon will still provide a delightful contrast to the spiced eggnog base, ensuring a burst of freshness in every bite.