Boozy Orange Berry Muffins {and my Turkish Brunch with Ilke’s Kitchen}

Okay, okay you all are going to think I only bake/cook with booze and Chobani.  Well that is actually the case….ahahaha!!!  On my next post I use Chobani in a different way.  When I told my hubby I was mentioning my next blog post has a secret ingredient on social media,  he told me it is not a secret, everyone will know it is Chobani.  I guess I am becoming that transparent!

I really do love the flavors that evolve in a baked treat with booze.  Some of your baked treats will have the boozy flavor in the beginning of the bite, some at the end of the bite, and the case with these muffins….the flavor is all the way though the bite….delicious from beginning to end!

Boozy Orange Berry Muffins

Last weekend we were invited to enjoy a delicious brunch with Ilke’s Kitchen and her hubby.  She requested some of my boozy muffins.  I was trying to decide what muffin I wanted to make for the special occasion.  Hubby requested the Sunny Morning Muffin that Sunny makes on Food Network…BUT instead of making her recipe, I adapted the recipe….made them boozy of course!

Before I share my recipe for the boozy orange berry muffins, let’s enjoy a Turkish brunch together!  Ilke is from Istanbul, Turkey, and shares her family recipes on her gorgeous site.  Her blog is one of my favorites, so unique, and will make you want to enjoy a beautiful dinner at her families dinner table in Istanbul.

My Turkish Brunch with Ilke's Kitchen

Look at that table, she had a feast for all of us!  Almost everything on that table was Turkish.

My Turkish Brunch with Ilke's Kitchen

Her uncle makes cheese.  When she was in Istanbul about month ago, she was given a package of fresh cheese. My favorite was the Armenian string cheese…..SO DELICIOUS!

My Turkish Brunch with Ilke's Kitchen

For our main entree we enjoyed Sucuk, which is eggs and Turkish sausage cooked in a pan together.

My Turkish Brunch with Ilke's Kitchen

My new love, also called Borek.  Which is a Turkish puff pastry layered with different treats- for this Borek she layered it with spinach, eggs, and cheese.  Seriously DELICIOUS!!!  Here is Ilke’s Eggplant Borek recipe!

My Turkish Brunch with Ilke's Kitchen

To make this brunch feel like you are taking a trip to Turkey, Ilke made some Turkish tea!!

Boozy Orange Berry Muffins

I am still raving about that brunch, that is how much I enjoyed it!  Ilke and her hubby are truly wonderful, and only 30 minutes away from my home….love that!  Here are the muffins I shared with them, I hope you enjoy them as much as they did!

Yields 20

Boozy Orange Berry Muffins

Orange liquor flavor from beginning to end of each bite!

20 minPrep Time

12 minCook Time

32 minTotal Time

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1 cup fresh strawberries, diced
1 cup fresh blueberries (1 pint)
Zest from one small orange
1 1/2 cups sugar
6 oz container of banana or honey banana flavor Chobani Greek Yogurt
2 eggs
1/2 cup orange liquor
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup canola oil
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cardamom
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
(Optional) 1/2 cup chopped pecans


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray muffin pan with cooking spray, or place muffin cups in the pan. I always spray the muffin pan, and the muffin cups with cooking spray just in case.

In a medium bowl, mix together sugar, Greek yogurt, eggs, orange liquor, oil, and orange zest.

In small bowl, mix together flour, cinnamon, cardamom, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix in blueberries and strawberries to flour mixture, and if you use nuts mix them in the flour also.

Mix together the wet and dry ingredients, do not over mix, just bring batter together completely.

Fill the muffin cups 3/4 full. For standard muffin pan, bake for 10-15 minutes depending on oven. If you use the large muffin pans, you may need to double the baking time.



Boozy Orange Berry Muffins

The muffins are fun for breakfast, or a simple traveling snack.  They are perfect for berry season, you can use your favorite mix of berries.

What is your favorite muffin to make?

My Turkish Brunch with Ilke's Kitchen

Tarchin says it is now time to relax and enjoy the day!


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  • Ilke
    Terra, I am so glad you are living only 30 min away from me and I am really hoping we can kick off the summer in style together :) We really enjoyed having you over. Jay has started thinking about potential grill recipes to try with you guys :)
  • I love baking with booze, too! And your muffins sound amazing! Wow, what a fun meal with Ilke! We met at Mixed last fall...she is a sweetheart. Hope you had a wonderful Easter! xo
  • The muffins look sensational! Love llke's blog and her recipes too. Lucky you living so close to her!
  • I had some borek yesterday too, but with homemade nut filling instead of savoury flavours.
  • These muffins look so good, Terra! Wish I had a few for my mid-morning snack :).
  • Patti @ Easton Place
    Gorgeous photos and bring-on-th-muffins! (tomorrow... after Passover is done that is. lol)
  • What a delicious looking feast my friend with gorgeous muffins :D Cheers CCU
  • [email protected]
    What a beautiful brunch! I sure wish I could have come! And these muffins look and sound just about perfect to me. Thank you so much for sharing!
  • Tarchin?? OMG how sweet is that dog? That fantastic spread makes me hungry and it's just now midnight and I know I don't need any more food. Just one muffin maybe. :)
  • kitchenriffs
    Borek is really good stuff. As are these muffins - they look terrific. How much fun to know Ilke - I really like her blog, too. Fun post - thanks.
  • Meghan
    Twist my arm, why don't you? You know I love these muffins & I think they would be perfect just about any time of day :) Looks like you guys had an incredible brunch!
  • Look at that spread! YUMMO! What's interesting is that a Macedonian spread would be very similar to that. Lucky me!! :) Your muffins sound fantastic - and they are boozy! SCORE!!
  • Jennie @themessybakerblog
    Love these boozy muffins, and that brunch looks scrumptious!
  • justonecookbook
    Aww the dog is so cute! And what a gorgeous brunch! I'd love to enjoy the morning with such a feast. Your muffins look perfect for the occasion!