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Cranberry, Orange, Sugar Muffins
Have Leftover Whole Cranberries?
Cranberries are great for around the holidays, which is why I always have them in the fridge, but forgot I had a half a bag left over. They were still fresh looking so I didn't want to waste them so I made these muffins. I got the basic recipe from an old cookbook but changed it a bit to my make it my own.
I also had just one orange so I decided to add that to the recipe. As you probably know cranberries and oranges go so well together. If I had some orange liquor I would have added that too, but I didn't, but you can if you have it. There is a lot of orange juice in it so it's has a lot of vitamin C plus all the benefits of cranberries.
Besides that, muffins are so good for breakfast, after school snack or a mid-afternoon snack for the adults or for coffee in the evening, or anytime. They are very versatile. Hope you get to try these. You can re-arrange or add ingredients to make it your own too. Enjoy!
Photos of Cranberry Orange Sugar Muffins
About the Recipe
- The quickest way to chop the cranberries is in the food processor. You can use a blender if you don't have a food processor, but be careful not to fill the blender to high or the cranberries will not chop evenly.
- You can add some orange liquor to the recipe too which will enhance the taste or the orange.
- Also chocolate chips will be a good addition to this recipe.
- 2 cups fresh cranberries, chopped
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 4 cups flour
- 1 cup butter, cold
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 cups orange juice
- 4 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon salt
- the grated rind of 1 orange
- several tablespoons coarse sugar
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease muffin pans.
- Combine the chopped cranberries and sugar and set aside. In a large bowl, mix the flour and cold butter with a pastry blender till the mixture looks coarse.
- Stir in the orange juice and eggs until the mixture is lightly moistened. Gently stir in the cranberry/sugar mixture till well blended with a wooden spoon.
- Spoon batter into the muffin pans and top with the coarse sugar. How much is up to you.
- Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out dry when inserted in the middle.
Health Benefits of Cranberries
FYI Cranberries are high in Vitamins C,E & K and also a good source of fiber. So, having dried cranberries on hand for your salads or additions to oatmeal or other cereals is a good idea.