Monday, November 23, 2009

I Thought You'd Never Ask

You wanted to know what I had to go with that lovely Pumpkin Spice Latte didn't you? Oh wait you didn't ask- ha ha! but I'm gonna tell you anyway :-)

I made cranberry orange muffins- 00h yes! I saw the recipe for Cranberry Bread on Confections of A Foodie Bride last week and it looked so good, only I didn't want to be responsible for eating an entire loaf of bread by myself so I made them into mini and full size muffins. I mentioned that I made a birthday cake over the weekend, well I needed a 9x13 pan with straight sides and I didn't have one so I borrowed one from my neighbor. To show my thanks, I sent over half a dozen of these muffins.

The recipe calls for whole cranberries but since I was making them into minis I decided to cut them into halves and the larger ones into quarters. Accompanying the tart berries is orange zest and juice. They were moist, tart, slightly sweet, light in texture and low in fat. There's only 2 tablespoons of shortening in this recipe and the rest of the moisture is derived from an egg and almost a full cup of orange juice. These would be perfect for Thanksgiving morning or for snacking on throughout the day.

Cranberry Orange Muffins adapted from COFB

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp shortening
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cup cranberries, cut in half
  • 3/4 cups pecans, chopped and toasted (optional- I left these out)
  • 1/4 cup demerera sugar

Preheat oven to 350. With nonstick spray coat your muffin tins and set aside.

Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in the bowl of your stand mixer. Turn on medium and add shortening until combined. Add orange juice, orange zest, and egg. Mix until well-blended. Stir in cranberries and nuts. Portion out your batter into muffin cups filling each one no more than 2/3 full. Spread demerera sugar evenly over the top.

Bake mini muffins for 12 minutes and regular muffins for 17 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Remove the muffins from the pan and let cool completely on a wire rack.

Make 24 mini muffins and 9 regular muffins.

On a side note, here is my hairy girl waiting at the back door until I let her in. We usually leave the door cracked so when she's ready she can come in freely. But occasionally she just stands there and waits for us to give her permission to come in. Today she manged to get a foot in but she stayed there and looked at me until I told her it was okay to come in. What a ding dong!

Stay tuned for Apple Cranberry Sauce!


Selba said...

I really want to taste the muffin, looks so yummy!

Oh... look at Autumn, she is so adorable and also very polite, waiting you to give permission to let her enter your house, hahaha... How did you teach her? My doggies are very naughty, when we close the door, they will bark and scratch non-stop the door until we let them in.

Denise said...

Love those flavors together, and you know how much I love anything that can be made in my mini muffin pan

Lissaloo said...

Great flavor combo! I can't wait for the cranberry sauce! I wish someone besides me liked it here so that I could make some, I may just do it any way lol :)

Donna-FFW said...

Oh what a terrific tasty sounding combination.. I must try these, need more cranberry recipes for my arsenal.

Sue said...

I keep waiting for the time you post something that doesn't look delicious to me. I think I'll be waiting a long time.Yum.


Kerstin said...

What a great combo, they look addicting!

tamilyn said...

Those look quite delish. And what a sweet girl waiting in the door! When we had dogs they would just burst in everywhere. And of course, Tofu thinks she owns the place. She has such a sweet face :)

Julie Harward said...

Those muffins are right up my them! The very sweet, where did she learn such manners?! Come say hi :D

Coleens Recipes said...

Does your dog like muffins? (mine does...haha). These look SO holiday ready.

cookies and cups said...

of course we were wondering! Those look really yummy!

unconfidentialcookw said...

It's only 6:30 am here...and I am wishing v. hard that I had one of those muffins to go with my decaf this morning. Just one though...because I would eat way too many, too!

Ingrid_3Bs said...

I bet those would travel well! LOL! I'm just saying! :)

They look delightful! I love those flavors together. I'm waiting to pickup cranberries when they go on "buy one get one" sale.

Valerie said...

That looks perfect! I would have loved to have some of those for breakfast with some hot chocolate.

Janet said...

I can't be sure which is sweeter... Those beautiful muffins or that face at the door!

I think it's a tie!


R Allen said...

You are wonderful, your pictures are wonderful and your recipes are fabulous! As soon as I quit my diet, I am eating everything on here!

Anonymous said...

Perfect to accompany your pumpkin spice latte ;)

Unknown said...

I'd lend you my entire cookware collection, if you would keep giving me such treats :)

P.S - We could substitite the shortnening with butter right??

Monica H said...

Avanika, I'm sure you could but I'm not sure if the end result would be the same. If you try it let me know how they turn out!

Rainy Day Farm said...

Those look yummy. I wish I lived closer so I could stop by and get one as I am to lazy to make some for myself today! :)

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