It Only Rains at 5pm

Recent scientific research has shown that rainfall is most common between the hours of 4.30 and 5pm. According to Sweets By Vicky, “the rain is always heaviest around 5.30pm, when I’m about to leave the office and go home.” Furthermore, scientists have found compelling evidence which accentuates their claim that rainfall is most likely to happen when one has on their new heels and has forgotten to bring with them an umbrella.

In other news…

My house smells weird. Not in a bad way, but in a there-is-Chinese-food-stewing-on-the-stove and orange-chocolate-sunflower seed-muffins-in-the-oven way. I’m sure we’ve all experienced the clashing of aromas before.

And this leads me to a completely non-weird-smell-related  issue: my little sis is going back to the UK. *SIGH* One less person to annoy in the household, I’m devastated to say the least. On the up side…I get more chocolate when she comes home next!

Rainy Day Orange, Chocolate and Sunflower Seed Muffins

3/4 cup + 2 tbsp GF flour blend
2 tbsp buckwheat flour (millet/almond meal works too)
1/2 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 large egg
1/2 cup buttermilk (I strongly suggest replacing half with non-fat yoghurt)
1/4 cup brown sugar
5 tbsp canola oil
1/3 cup chocolate chips (large chunks will sink)
2 tbsp orange zest
2 tbsp sunflower seeds (untoasted)

1) Line 6 muffin cups with paper liners. Preheat oven to 170 degreesC, fanforced

2) In a large bowl, sift the GF flour, baking power, buckwheat flour and baking soda.

3) In another bowl, whisk the egg, buttermilk, orange zest, sugar and oil together until homogeneous. Discard 2 tbsp of the mixture.

4) Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the liquid ingredients. Quickly whisk the ingredients until just incorporated. Divide evenly among paper cups.

5) Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Leave to cool before eating or it will seem ‘sticky’.

6) Muffins aren’t that sweet so a smear of butter or nutella would do it good.



Filed under Breakfast, Cakes, Chocolate, Recipes

13 responses to “It Only Rains at 5pm

  1. Ha! I love the last step of your recipe! I have the same dilemma, except it doesn’t involve rain: in my case, it’s really sunny…until I step outside. Every time.

  2. I love butter on warm muffins. There is soemthing so wrong about it, it makes it perfectly right. As for the rain – it still beats the snow, so I’ll take it.

  3. Oh yes and when one is wearing cream suede shoes too! :P Lovely muffins and if there’s one upside to rain, it’s staying inside and baking :)

  4. Hi there, it’s lovely to discover your blog. Quite a few of my friends have asked me for gluten free things and these recipes are so wonderful. Regarding rain, I’ve heard that it raineth on the just but also on the unjust, but more so on the just because the unjust has the just’s umbrella.

  5. What is it with these people disappearing off to the UK? Don’t they realise we need them to stay here?

    To fix the weird smell, just never leave the house, as you get used to it after a while. You can get most things delivered these days, you’ll get to stay in your pyjamas and who wants to leave the house when it’s raining anyway?

  6. Mmm yes. I agree with those scientific discoveries. It also seems to rain heaviest whenever I have running practice. Also experimentally proven.

    So sad that your sister is leaving! :(

    These muffins look absolutely splendid!

  7. The muffins look fantastic. I can live with clashing aromas if those muffins were in the oven.

  8. The crumb on those muffins looks perfect! I might try these!

  9. Apparently that scientific research wasn’t conducted in Seattle. Here it’s most likely to rain October through May. But on the upside, that gives me more reasons to bake and warm up the house. The muffins look oh so nice!

  10. Hey Vicky,

    Thanks for the blog comment. Beautiful blog you’ve got here!
    You can find the moonie pie book –

  11. Mary

    I suspect you’re as charming and as much fun in person as you appear to be in your blog. I don’t do a lot gluten free cooking unless my grandsons are visiting. I do however like to keep a stash of recipes to cook for those visits. Your muffins look and sound terrific. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  12. I really want to see the picture of these muffins with a smear of Nutella! Now that would chase away the rainy day, got my new shoes wet blues.

  13. i have the worse luck. i stupidly carry around my umbrella in my bag every day and the days that I forget it, it pours. and it does so without fail!
    anyway, loving how you’ve added sunflower seeds to the orange and chocolate – sounds like a treat!

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