Dear Abby was fascinated by this topic so she asked her own dear Chef Henri. Henri, it turns out swears by the Boyajian line of essential oils.
Henri purchases the all-natural Boyajian Pure Citrus Oils and other spice oils at our local Whole Foods Market, but I understand that they can be ordered online. http://www.boyajianinc.com
When pressed to name a single favorite, Henri highly recommends the Boyajian Pure Orange Oil, and Abby concurs. It has the most heavenly fragrance, as well it should, it is pressed from fresh oranges! It may be used sparingly in many recipes in place of orange zest. What can one do with the orange oil, you ask? Well, Henri suggests adding 1/4 teaspoon of the orange oil per cup of whipped, unsalted butter or cream cheese and spread on a hot croissant. Divine!
Or, use just a touch in sauces, salad dressings, cheesecakes, frostings or glazes. Henri is happy to share this very simple muffin recipe with the readers of Chef Talk. This is not original; Henri got this recipe from the label of a 5-ounce bottle of Boyajian Orange Oil. Abby wishes you could smell these muffins as they bake!Orange Walnut Muffins
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/4 cups milk
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons Boyajian Pure Orange Oil
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350. Line standard muffin tins with foil or paper cupcake liners.
Combine flour, sugar and baking powder in large mixing bowl. In separate bowl, mix milk, vegetable oil, eggs and orange oil. Stir milk mixture into dry ingredients (do not over mix). Gently fold in chopped walnuts.
Divide batter into 18 muffin cups. Bake for 20 minutes. Transfer muffins to rack. Serve warm.