Muffins: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) and place rack in the
center of the oven. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners or else spray
with a nonstick vegetable spray.
In a large bowl, stir
together the flour,
sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon, and orange zest.
In another bowl
whisk together the lightly beaten egg, molasses (or honey), vanilla extract, oil, and milk.
Add the wet
ingredients to the dry ingredients, and stir just until moistened. Gently stir
in the raisins. (The batter will be quite thin.)
Pour or ladle the batter to fill the muffin cups, and bake about 16 to 20
minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out
clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool slightly before
Makes about 12 standard-sized muffins.