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Monday, January 31, 2011

Cranberry Orange Muffins

Cranberry Orange Muffin!

So, I baked muffins for a birthday party for the bestest little one-year-old I know.  These cranberry orange muffins are not too sweet; in fact, they are not very sweet at all.  They have a nice tartness to them.  They are good with butter on them, or if you want to sweeten them up, put on some whip cream!

Happy birthday Little Face!!!

This recipe makes about 18-20 yummy, tart muffins.

2 cups of flour
1 cup of sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon of orange zest
3/4 cup of orange juice
1 cup dried cranberries (Craisins)
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg

Your steps for baking:

1.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Either coat a muffin tin with cooking spray (Pam) or put muffin liners in the pan.
2.  Zest 1 tablespoon of orange rind.  
3.  Put orange juice and dried cranberries in a saucepan and heat over medium heat for about 5 minutes.  Stir occasionally.  This step sweetens and plumps up the cranberries.
Heating the orange juice and cranberries.

The cranberries have plumped!

4. Using a fork, mush the orange zest in with the sugar until it is blended.
5.  Combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl: flour, sugar/ orange zest mixture, baking powder, salt, baking soda.  Stir until blended.
The dry ingredients.
6.  In a separate bowl mix the wet ingredients: canola oil, egg, and cranberry/ orange juice mixture.  (Make sure the cranberry/ orange juice mixture has cooled some so that you don't cook the egg a little.)
The wet ingredients with the dry ingredients.
7.  Pour the dry mixture into the wet mixture and stir until combined.
It's combined.
8. Pour the mixture into the prepared muffin tin.  
Poured into the tin.
9.  Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.  


Look at all those muffins!
Recipe adapted from For the Love of Cooking.


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