It's time again for Secret Recipe Club reveal! My secret blog assignment this month is Karen's Kitchen Stories. Karen likes to try recipes that are a bit of a challenge, and she's constantly learning new cooking techniques which she shares with her blog readers so we can all learn something new. She's especially in love with all things bread and has been known as the Bread Queen by other members of the SRC, though she considers herself more of a Bread Geek. Judging by the long list of bread recipes on her blog, I can't argue with either! There were definitely some bread recipes that caught my eye.
These were really fun to mix up. When you stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, there's a great chemical reaction between the baking soda and the citrus juices. Preheating the oven is very important because you will want to get these into the oven immediately.
The flavor of these muffins does remind me of margaritas. They're really tasty, and I love the texture that the cornmeal adds. While they were good on their own, I thought the muffins could use a little something extra, so I mixed together 2 ounces softened cream cheese, 1 tsp. brown sugar, and about 1/2 tsp. grated lime zest and used that as a spread. Yum! (It wasn't quite enough; I really should have mixed up twice as much)
Next time I think I'll use more lime and orange juice and cut down on the tequila - use just enough to get the flavor. The tequila makes the muffins taste good - you really do get the flavor - but I'm back to thinking that all my alcohol is baking away, and I think I'd rather use my tequila for actual margaritas. I do love a good margarita.