Sunday, November 19, 2017

Cranberry Orange Muffins

After more than a decade of absence, I stumbled upon my old recipe for Cranberry Orange Muffins that used to be a staple of the bread bowl at Thanksgiving. I decided to whip up a batch to see if they were as good as I remembered.  As it turns out, they were! They are also forgiving as, midway through, I realized that I didn't have enough orange juice, so made up for its absence with Triple Sec. I think I just may have improved them!
If your holiday baking has begun, you may just want to give these a try. They freeze beautifully and are equally good at the breakfast table as they are Thanksgiving dinner.
Cranberry Orange Muffins

2 cups all-purpose flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon freshly grated orange peel
1 large egg
3 tablespoons canola oil
¾ cup freshly squeezed orange juice (about one and a half oranges)
1½ cups fresh whole cranberries

Grease and flour a 12-cup muffin pan, or use papers. Preheat oven 375° F.

Sift together flour, baking powder, and soda in a large mixing bowl. Stir in salt, sugar, and orange peel. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together egg with oil and orange juice. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour the liquid into the well. Mix together until just combined. Fold in cranberries.

Using an ice cream scoop, dollop batter into muffin cups (you want them 1/2 to 3/4 full). Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow cooling on a rack for five minutes before removing them from the pan.

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Roseann Hampton said...

My mom used to make cranberry bread every Thanksgiving - I had forgotten about that until I saw your recipe! Pinning to carry on the tradition!

Alycia Nichols said...

Oh, yeah! That’s the stuff! And triple sec? I’m sure it could only make a LOT of things morning orange juice!!! 😜

Lazy Gastronome said...

And it's breakfast!! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party!

Linda said...

I LOVE fresh cranberries in quick breads and have a favorite orange cranberry yogurt bread recipe. These look very similar - I'll give them a whirl. LOL on using triple sec - sounds like a genius substitute to me. ;)

judee said...

I love tangy flavors- these look and sound delicious. Have a great Thanksgiving

Unknown said...

These sound amazing!

I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

Miz Helen said...

I love the cranberry & orange for your delicious muffins! Thanks so much for sharing with us at our Thanksgiving Edition of Full Plate Thursday! Hope you have a great week and come back soon!
Miz Helen