Monthly Raisin Recipes by Sam Linsell

These are the easiest and most delicious muffins where all the ingredients – including the unpeeled whole orange, are put into a food processor and whizzed into a batter. Make sure you use seedless oranges.

Recipe – makes 12 muffins


1 whole seedless orange weighing 200gms (cut pieces of skin off around the stalk & bottom end until you get to exactly the weight)
1 cup sugar – white or brown
1 free-range egg
½ cup raisins, sultanas, or a combination of both (or Christmas cake fruit mix)
70 – 80gms pecan nuts (50gms in the mix and the rest reserved for the top)
100gms melted butter
½ cup milk
250gms flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda


Preheat the oven to 200C

Weigh-off your whole orange cutting off pieces until you get to 200gms. Cut the orange into 4 and put it into the bowl of your food processor with 1 cup of sugar. Blend until smoothish.

Add the egg, milk, raisins, pecan nuts and melted butter and blitz until combined.

Add the flour, baking powder and bicarb to the bowl and pulse briefly until combined. Remove the blade and scrape down the side of the bowl.

Using a spoon or ice cream scoop, divide the batter evenly between 12 muffins – preferably lined with paper liners. You can also spray your muffin tin lightly with cooking spray.

Bake for 20 – 22 minutes until springy to the touch and golden brown.