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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Cranberry Muffins

Last weekend I bought some cranberries on a whim, without really knowing how I would use them. A quick google search later and I came up with this recipe from Martha, and just substituted the blueberries for the cranberries.
Makes 1 dozen

· 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
· 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
· 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
· 1/2 teaspoon salt
· 2 cups fresh cranberries (chopped)
· 1 1/4 cups sugar
· 2 large eggs
· 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
· 1/2 cup milk
· 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Generously butter a standard 12-cup muffin pan and dust with flour, tapping out excess; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Working over the bowl, toss cranberries in a fine sieve with about 1 1/2 teaspoons flour mixture to lightly coat; set aside the flour mixture and the blueberries.

2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or using a handheld mixer, beat butter and 1 cup sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined. Mix in vanilla.

3. With the mixer on low speed, add reserved flour mixture, beating until just combined. Add milk, beating until just combined. Do not overmix. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the blueberries. Divide batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups. If desired, in a small bowl, mix together remaining 1/4 cup sugar and nutmeg. Sprinkle sugar mixture on top of muffin batter.

4. Bake, rotating pan halfway though, until muffins are golden brown and a cake tester inserted in the center of one muffin comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool 10 minutes. Turn muffins on their sides in their cups, and let cool. Serve warm or at room temperature.
I didn't toss the cranberries with the flour, I just added them into the mix at the end. It would be admirable to point out that I have some secret culinary reason for that decision, but really it's just laziness. And instead of flouring the muffin tins I just used some paper cups - much less mess! The Man gave it his seal of approval, only requesting that next time I use "that coarse sugar on top, like the muffins at Dunkin Donuts." I suppose we can work that out...


Anonymous said...

Oooh! Was that gorgeous green kitchen-aid a wedding gift? It's stunning...and the muffins look pretty tasty too :)

So happy you've started the new post-wedding blog, complete with a perfect name! can't wait to see how you feather the nest in the weeks to come!

Judith said...

What a beautiful mixer - love the color!

southern daze said...

LOVE your green mixer!!