Brown Butter, Carrot and Orange Muffins

I guess you can say these are amazing, because they disappeared via my new roommates. I guess ‘try one’ means ‘eat all but 2’. I’ll be taking all baked goods to my room now…One helped me, because none of them have baked before. Still. The next day I was asked to spend the night showing them how to bake more. No thanks, I have other plans.

Recipe from here.


  • 1 cup of unsalted butter
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 4 eggs at room temp
  • 1 cup sugar
  • the zest of one orange
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • more sugar and salt


1) Melt the butter in a pan over medium high heat. Be careful that it does not burn, but just that the foam rises to the top and the butter is golden brown, about 3 minutes after it melts.

2) Allow to cool.

3) Preheat the oven to 375F/175C.

4) Mix the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and ginger together.

5) In a large bowl, mix the eggs, sugar, orange zest, vanilla and salt until there is a ribbon texture, in that the batter follows the spoon.

6) Add the carrots and then the dry mixture and fold in.

7) Add the brown butter and mix.

8) Butter the muffin pan.

9) Add the batter to the muffin pan.

10) Pinch sugar and salt on top.

11) Bake for about 18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Carrot Orange Muffins


Irish Soda Bread

I didn’t expect this to turn out well, since I’m making it in a toaster oven, but it came out great flavor wise! It is a bit dense, so I guess I’ll have to work on using a toaster oven a bit more.

Recipe taken from here.


  • 4 cups flour
  • 4 TBSP sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 TBSP butter, cold, and cut into small pieces
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 cup dried currents, I used 1/2 cup cranberries, 1/2 cup raisins mixed with 1 TBSP of flour


1)Preheat the oven to 375F/190C or toaster oven to 150C

2) Mix the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.

3) Add the butter and mix until the butter is no longer found in clumps.

4) Mix the buttermilk, egg, and orange zest in a small bowl.

5) Slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture.

6) Mix in the dried currents (cranberries, raisins).

7) Flour a cutting board and pour the batter on it and knead it a bit until it can form a loaf.

8) Place onto a baking tray with tinfoil and cut an X into the top.

9) Bake for 45-55 minutes.

10) Allow to cool before serving.

Irish Soda Bread 010