Muffins: Cranberry-Orange Muffins

posted by Andy 06-11-102 5:35 PM

Cranberry-Orange Muffins or Bread

2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup sugar
1 cup cranberries (fresh or frozen)
juice & rind of 1 small orange
2 Tbs butter
1 egg
1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
boiling water

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Put orange juice and rind and butter into a measuring cup and add boiling water to make 3/4 cup total; add this and the beaten egg to the dry ingredients, and mix gently. Add the nuts and cranberries and mix gently until all dry ingredients are just moistened. Spoon into 12 muffin cups and bake at 375 about 20 minutes, until a toothpick just comes out clean.

NOTE: I find if I grate a large orange and add all the rind that the flavours are unbalanced. I use a large orange for my usual double recipe. Sometimes I nuke the butter and add all orange juice in place of the water. And finally, if time permits, I roast the walnuts for about 5 min. at 350 to give them their best flavour. As a loaf, pour the batter into a greased 9"x5" pan and bake at 325 about 60 min. until a toothpick comes clean.

makes 12 muffins......

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