Cranberry Orange Muffins

19 Nov 2016

I am on a quest to lock down some staple recipes for muffins and this is becoming one of my favorite quick/basic recipes. I am not a big fan of super sweet muffins, so my favorite combo is to mix in some cranberries and now that they are in season, I tend to stock up. Also a great option to use up any leftover from the upcoming holiday.

The questions with a recipe that I always seem to face with muffins in general are - will they rise, will they get stuck to the paper, and/or will they be a dry ball of nasty. Rising seems to happen better with those recipe with a higher flour content and also those cooked at higher temperatures.

Paper liners are a pain, I am not sure why I still use them, but I have found that the cheaper ones are the worst and it you leave the muffins in the hot tin to cool for long, it tends to really fuse those puppies on there. This recipe has a pretty decent rise and has a good, moist texture thanks to the applesauce/oil.

Moments (Week in Review)

On podcasts...
I an a podcast junkie. I listen to recordings of various genres and this week I listened to two that struck my hard. The latest Lore episode *(Episode 47: Missing the Point - Aaron Mahnke) on the creepy. My hubs actually requested that I stop listening to Lore because I get so freaked out and share the stories with him and secretly I think he is getting a bit spooked lol. If you are a podcaster and enjoy eerie history, you need to check this out.

Also, a recent Ted talk on food really got under my skin, in both good and bad ways. The good is this very incredible community in England that use green space within the town to grow food for all of the people...for free. It's a crazy, awesome notion and the positive reverberations are huge in a way - less food shipped from around the world, building community among residents, and hello - free food for all!

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Cranberry Orange Muffins

Basic muffin recipe for cranberry orange muffins or your favorite mix-ins.

Cranberry Orange Muffins

Prep time: - Cook time: - Total time:
Yield: 10S


- 1 3/4 cup flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 t baking powder
- 1/4 t salt
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup applesauce (or oil)
- 1 cup cranberries
- 1 T orange zest
Glaze (optional)
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 2 T milk
- 1 t orange zest


Heat oven 400F.

Combine dry ingredients (except cranberries) in mixing bowl and whisk together wet ingredients in a smaller bowl.

Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour the wet in the center, then fold in flour mix.

Once all ingredients are well combined (may be a little lumpy), fold in the cranberries.

Fill papered or greased 2.5 inch muffin tin about 3/4 of the way full.

Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown/toothpick comes out clean.

Mix together all ingredients for glaze and drizzle over muffins once they have mostly cooled.




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