Jan 6, 2014

Disjointed {Satsuma Muffins with Brown Butter Pecan Glaze}

Like many other folks in South Louisiana, I grow satsumas in my backyard.
Satsuma Muffins with Brown Butter Pecan Glaze | Ms. enPlace

Satsumas are super sweet, super juicy, easy to peel, small citrus and are related to mandarin oranges.  Large groves can be found in Plaquemines Parish, south of New Orleans in the Jesuit Bend area.  Jesuits brought satsumas from Japan to Louisiana in the 18th century.  Backyards all over Southern Louisiana as well as other Gulf Coast states are dotted with satsuma trees.

Satsuma Muffins with Brown Butter Pecan Glaze | Ms. enPlace

Winter is satsuma season here.  I always find that disjointed.

When I look out the window and see bright, sunny-looking citrus fruit against dark green foliage, winter isn't what I think of.

Maybe that's the thing, though.
Would you believe it's 31º F in this picture?


Cold enough to want to bake.
Satsuma Muffins with Brown Butter Pecan Glaze | Ms. enPlace

Satsuma Muffins with Brown Butter Pecan Glaze | Ms. enPlace

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Satsuma Muffins with Brown Butter Pecan Glaze
from Ms. enPlace

2 cups flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup satsuma juice
1 tsp satsuma zest
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 Tbsp vanilla
4 Tbsp melted butter

2 Tbsp butter
about 3/4 to 1 c powdered sugar
3 Tbsp finely chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Line 12 muffin tins with paper liners and set aside.  Blend the first four ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.  Blend milk, satsuma juice, zest, egg, and vanilla in a small bowl.  Add milk mixture to the dry ingredients, combining just until moistened.  Add melted butter and stir well.
Spoon batter into muffin tins, and bake 15-20 minutes, or until tops begin to brown.

Remove the muffins from the oven and set aside to cool while you make the glaze.

Place 2 Tbsp butter in a skillet over low heat.  Heat slowly, stirring occasionally, until the butter develops a golden brown color.  Add the pecans and cook in the butter for a couple of minutes.  Stir in 1/4 cup powdered sugar until smooth.  Gradually add more sugar a couple of tablespoons at a time until the glaze is as thick as you'd like.

Spoon the glaze over the muffins and serve.

More Satsuma Recipes:
Breakfast Bruschetta w/ Rum Syrup
Citrus Spinach Salad
Satsuma Buttermilk Pie

What's in the past... 
still tastes good
Vanilla Muffins
Chicken alla Pizzaiola
Shrimp Creole
Linking with:

Feeding BigThe 21st Century Housewife Hearth and Soul Blog Hop
Full Time MamaMiz Helen’s Country Cottage
Jam Hands
My Turn for us



  1. I love muffins and tasting new citrusy things. 31 degrees hmmmm? Funny how a person gets acclimated, because that sounds heavenly to me. LOL

  2. I had my first satsuma last month. So good!!

  3. We only get satsumas at Christmas in England and they are such a treat! I love the idea of having a tree in my garden! Your muffins sound delicious. There may still be some satsumas left in the shops when I get home, and I'm definitely going to try to make them!

  4. Michelle I had never heard of the Satumas before; I do have some Mandarin Oranges that are lovely and sweet, which I had recently bought. The muffins look heavenly x

  5. These muffins looks so good! I've never heard of Satumas before.

  6. Morning Michelle- it's 27 here in Florida this morning! I never heard of Satumas before. Now to see if our son can pick some up on his way back home. I'm going to have to investigate these, I know they are something I would love.

  7. What a great way to start the new year with such gorgeous muffins!!
    I'm sure you know I just LOOOOOOOOOOVE what I see here!
    These muffins look fantastic, and I also have to say that they are new to me.
    We have wonderful oranges here but I don't think I've ever tasted satsuma, unless we call it here differently.

  8. These look absolutely amazing. WOW. Will have to try to find satsumas, though I'd imagine using another kind of orange would be almost as good. I wish I had one of these right now!

  9. Hi Michelle,
    Your Muffins look delicious, sure wish I had one to go with my morning coffee. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

  10. These muffins look delicious! It must be funny to see orange-like fruits growing in the winter. Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

  11. Michelle, how can we be just one state apart, and I have never heard of these lovely satsumas? Even April (above) says she gets them in England! Well, now I'm on the lookout for them, because I want to try your beautiful muffins! Thank you for sharing them at Treasure Box Tuesday- pinned! :)

  12. What a wonderful fruit and I love the pecans in your muffins too. Thanks for bringing them to foodie friday. Glad we are back on your radar.

  13. Anonymous5/10/2014

    Every winter our Satsuma trees are loaded with fruit. We eat them off the tree and we squeeze them for the juice. I didn't know what else to do with them, but now I do. Thanks Michelle can't wait for the trees to bare.


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