Monday’s Muffin: Orange Cranberry Muffins

by kitchenarian on September 19, 2011

It feels like it has been forever since I have been baking in my kitchen and sharing recipes with you here. I’ve been trying to get back on track; get my groove back so to say. Fall is here and I have been consumed with lots of events and had very little time left for blogging.

Weeks ago, I had visions of peaceful days baking in the kitchen while my children returned to school, but the reality is that I have been trying to catch up on some projects set aside during the summer months and trying to stay on top of all the new school year paperwork and deadlines. Oh, and my son is a senior this year, so that always adds to the list of things to do and places to be: school convocation, senior photos, college counselor meetings, college visits and lots of paperwork.

It’s been a long time since I’ve been to college, but I certainly don’t remember doing all the work back then that it requires now. I took the SAT once and applied to a couple of places…it’s way more complicated and strategic now. I’ve been trying to be helpful and nudge him on all the deadlines, but let’s face it, he’s a boy, so instead of offering gentle assistance I’m sure I will be dragging him through the process. Either way, we will get it done! So if you see a flurry of chocolate recipes appearing over the next few months, you will know that the stress level is high and I am coping the best way I know how!

But today I said “enough is enough!” This morning I spent a bit of time in the kitchen whipping up some muffins. After all, it is Monday. One of my favorite muffins is orange cranberry and I can’t believe I haven’t made any yet for my Monday’s Muffin series. The temperatures have dropped recently and this just seemed to be the perfect muffin to celebrate the arrival of fall around here. This recipe is adapted from foodnetwork.com

Ingredients:

1 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1 – 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a standard muffin pan or line with paper liners. In a small saucepan, add the dried cranberries and orange juice. Heat to simmer and then set aside while the cranberries absorb the juice. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together. Set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the orange zest, eggs, buttermilk and orange juice until blended well. Drain the cranberries and then fold into the batter.  Divide batter among muffin cups and sprinkle with the turbinado sugar. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until muffins tops bounce back to the touch. Makes 12 muffins.

Kitchenarian Notes: After I made these I thought they would be good with an orange glaze, so I whisked together a little confectioner’s sugar with some orange juice until I got the consistency I liked. It was a great sweet touch to this muffin.

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Steph@stephsbitebybite September 19, 2011 at 2:40 pm

This might be the only reason I get excited about Mondays…is so I can see your muffins! Love this flavor combo!

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RavieNomNoms September 19, 2011 at 3:07 pm

These are so yummy looking!! I am such a muffin freak. I love the combination of orange and cranberry

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Cassie @ Bake Your Day September 19, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I love muffins but I’m pretty sure (sadly) that I’ve never had an orange cranberry muffin. The combo sounds delicious, I think I’ll have to try these. Welcome back too! c

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts September 19, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Yeah for another Muffin! The citrus and fruit with these sound wonderful!

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Christine September 19, 2011 at 5:52 pm

These look so good. I’d like a muffin with a cup of coffee.

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Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. September 19, 2011 at 6:19 pm

These muffins remind me of a quick bread I like to make every fall/winter season. I just LOVE the combo of cranberry and orange!

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Liz September 19, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Mmmmm….this has got to be one of my favorite muffin combinations as well. Glad you’re getting your baking groove back 🙂

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Happy When Not Hungry September 19, 2011 at 7:28 pm

These flavors remind me of the fall. Yum!

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Kim Bee September 20, 2011 at 12:33 am

Wow these look amazing. I bet they taste wonderful. It’s funny how people think when the kids get older the parents are less busy. I am finding that not to be true. My kids are now in University and we’re sharing cars so I am driving to the U 2 or 3 times a day. It would be cheaper to send them away at this point. Lol!

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Ann September 20, 2011 at 8:07 am

Delicious! One of my favorite combinations is orange cranberry, too. Sometimes it’s hard to get in the groove, but once you hit your stride…it’ll work out!

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Kaitlin September 20, 2011 at 11:17 am

I can see why this is one of your favorites, yum!

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Beth Michelle September 20, 2011 at 11:49 am

Your muffins look great! What a perfect way to start the morning

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Kita September 21, 2011 at 9:53 am

Glad to see another Monday Muffin! Fall totally has rushed up on me and I am trying to get things in order myself. Its amazing how quickly things seem to slip behind.

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Jen at The Three Little Piglets September 25, 2011 at 8:40 pm

I too am always filled with visions of great productivity once the kids head back to school, but it always seems something else gets in the way and keeps me too busy to do what I want to do!

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