Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins
From King Arthur website.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1⁄3 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
- 1⁄4 cup vegetable oil
- 3⁄4 cup 1% low-fat milk
- 1⁄4 cup orange juice
- 1⁄8 teaspoon orange oil or 1⁄2 teaspoon grated orange peel
- 1 cup dried sweetened cranberries (chopped, for a slightly "tarter" muffin) or 1 cup fresh cranberries (chopped, for a slightly "tarter" muffin) or 1 cup frozen cranberries (chopped, for a slightly "tarter" muffin)
- 1⁄4 cup finely chopped walnuts or 1⁄4 cup pecans
- 1⁄4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Batter: In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt, then toss the cranberries in the mix and stir to coat.
- In a separate bowl, or in a large measuring cup, whisk together the egg, oil, milk, orange juice, and orange oil or peel. Gently and thoroughly mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
- Using a muffin or cookie scoop, or a 1/4-cup measure, pour the batter into 12 lightly greased muffin cups, filling them about 3/4 full.
- Topping: Combine all of the topping ingredients. Sprinkle a scant 1 tablespoon of topping over the batter in each muffin cup.
- Baking: Bake the muffins in a preheated 400°F oven for 20 minutes, or until they're nicely domed and a cake tester inserted into the center of one comes out clean.
- Remove the muffins from the oven, and run a knife around the edge of each one to separate it from the pan. Carefully tilt each muffin in its cup so steam doesn't collect underneath as they cool. After about 5 minutes, transfer them to a rack to cool completely.
Got to agree with the other reviewers that this is a seriously good recipe. I did a couple of things differently - used 1/4 cup of thrawed orange juice concentrate rather than just juice, added 1/4 t. reconstituted lemon peel for the orange peel, and omitted the chopped nuts from the topping. These substitions were made because of what was on hand!!! The tip about tilting the hot muffins in the tin before removing to a cooling rack is an excellent idea and really does work. I'm so glad you posted this recipe -- it will become a family favorite.
I just loved these muffins! Orange and cranberry is a great flavor combination and the brown sugar/cinnamon topping really made these special. I used dried sweetened cranberries and left out the nuts. We enjoyed these muffins very much and I'll definitely make them again - thanks for sharing!
These were great. I love cranberry and orange and these did not disapoint. I took them to a family function and everyone liked them.