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Christmas Morning Cranberry Nut Muffins

December 26th, 2008

Christmas Morning Cranberry Nut Muffins

I hope this post finds you with a satisfied belly, good family and friends, or simply a glass of eggnog and rum.  I’ve had my share of each this past few weeks along with many fun mornings, afternoons and evenings of baking, cooking and eating out.  One of my favorite things I’ve made over the past few weeks was these muffins!  Sure, maybe it’s not Christmas (unless you’re back here next year) but these muffins will do any day of the year!

The tart cranberry flavor is offset by the sweet bread surrounding them and has a wonderful crunchy texture with the toasted hazelnuts!  Curl up with your Sunday paper, spread some butter on these, relax and enjoy the day!  Here’s what I did (adapted recipe from “The Kitchen Sink“):

Cooking the CranberriesFolding it in

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Old-Fashioned Oat Meal
  • 1 Cup buttermilk
  • 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • One egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup table sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter (or canola oil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 7.5 ounces Frozen Whole Cranberries (Like “Stahlbush Island Farms” sells)
  • 1 cup coarsely toasted and chopped hazelnuts

Method:

  1. Pour cranberries and table sugar in a small saucepan
  2. Cook on a medium heat until the cranberries begin to pop
  3. Remove from heat and set aside
  4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  5.  Mix oatmeal and buttermilk in a small bowl
  6. Grease your muffin tin (or use muffin liners)
  7. In a medium bowl lightly mix your flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and brown sugar
  8. In a large bowl blend your honey, egg, butter, and vanilla
  9. Fold in the oatmeal mixture
  10. Fold in the flour mixture
  11. Fold in the Nuts and cranberries very gently so you don’t get red everywhere
  12. Spoon into the muffin tin evenly among 10 to 12 medium muffins
  13. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when stuck into the middle of a muffin

I hope you enjoy them!

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