|inside - bright berries and loose muffin texture|
What to do, what to do...invent a recipe for for cranberry and chestnut bread? Sounds a bit serious, so I'll try that later. The last of my carrot muffins got used up yesterday at Tolerant Taster's writers party, so I thought I'd try some cranberry muffins.
I found this recipe - very simple http://www.cranberryrecipes.org/cranberry-muffins.html
and then read up in Alton Brown's 'I'm just here for More Food' baking book, which I am working my way through at the moment. A bit of both and a bit of well that'll do produced these muffins.
300g flour (my mix is 40%urid lentils, 40% tapioca and 20% cornmeal)
9g / 3tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
zest of one orange
1/2 cup / 120ml veg oil
3 medium eggs
1 cup / 240ml juice. I used 3/4 apple and 1/4 orange (remember - I am tidying the fridge really)
1 cup 240ml cranberry sauce. I didn't worry about the sugar or water in the cranberry sauce, muffins are quite forgiving.
Mix the dry ingredients together - either whisk, blitz in food mixer or sieve
mix oil, eggs and sugar together
Mix the wet and dry ingredients together roughly and stir in the cranberries.
|raw muffin batter- only just mixed|
Bake about 20-22 minutes at 170C fan or 180C.
I find muffins in general freeze well both cooked and raw. If you freeze them raw you can bake from frozen or let them defrost, just make sure they are cooked all the way through by inserting a thin knife or skewer or using a temperature probe. The interiors should reach 210F or 100C.
Flip them out onto a cooling rack so that they don't get soggy bottoms
|cooked golden muffins|
These are quite an interesting muffin, with the sourness of the cranberries and the hit of orange zest. If you want a milder flavour leave out the zest. If you are ok with dairy you could swap the fruit juice for plain yogurt. You could add a bit more cranberries - next time I would put at least another half cup of the cranberry sauce in so that each bite had a cranberry in it.
So I was cleaning the kitchen....but now the sink is full of dirty dishes. At least the house smells good and the fridge is a bit emptier.