Friday, January 28, 2011

Cranberry-Orange Muffins

I have found my inspiration to post more often! As of last night, I'm taking part in The Cookbook Challenge. My blog focuses on recipes from cookbooks anyway, but now I have the fun of themes and deadlines with this. And I just love a challenge!

Today is the final day for the current theme, citrus, so I had to use what I had on hand. The only citrus fruit that I had was oranges, so I started searching through all my cookbooks looking for a good recipe that uses oranges, and I really couldn't come up with much. For some reason, if people want to make something that involves citrus, they pretty much only ever want to use lemons.

So I had to settle for a recipe that wasn't very citrus-y, being outshined by the cranberries, but still very good.

This is another recipe from Betty Crocker's New Cookbook, published in 1996.

1 tbsp grated orange peel
1 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose or whole wheat flour
1/3 cup sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup fresh cranberry halves

Note: I felt that these could have been sweeter, so you might want to increase the sugar slightly.

I honestly had no idea what the inside of a cranberry looked like before today.

Beat orange peel, milk, oil, vanilla, and egg in large bowl. Stir in flour, sugar, baking powder and salt all at once just until flour is moistened (batter will be lumpy).
Fold in cranberry halves.
Heat oven to 400F. Grease bottoms only of 12 medium muffin cups or line with paper baking cups. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.
(This is what overstirred muffin batter looks like. I decided at the last moment to add a little bit of cinnamon, and stirring that in made the batter a lot less lumpy.)
Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden. Immediately remove from pan to wire rack.


  1. Wow! I've never seen fresh cranberries before. These look great, perfect for morning or afternoon tea.

  2. Welcome to the group Rachel and a great recipe for your first one. I'm a big fan of cranberries so this looks like my type of muffin!