Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas Morning Muffins

I know what you’re thinking – Christmas morning was Tuesday and I’m a little late on the uptake posting a recipe for muffins that are to be consumed during the wee hours of the 25th. But it seems, here in PA anyway, that Christmas ends up lasting more than just the one day, even in spite of the fact that it fell on a Tuesday and I may or may not have to work every other day this week. These are easy and delicious and they taste like Christmas day with all their orange-cranberry goodness. Having one of these for breakfast just might make waking up for work (in a snow/sleet/wind drenched area, let me add) not so terrible. :)

-1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
-3 teaspoons baking powder
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1/3 cup sugar
-generous pinch of nutmeg
-1 clementine or small orange
-whole milk (approximately ¼ cup)
-1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
-1 large egg
-1/2 cup dried cranberries OR mix and match with your favorite nut (I used almonds)
-2 teaspoons sugar
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-12 cup muffin pan with paper baking cups

-Preheat your oven to 400◦
-In a bowl combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda and sugar. Sprinkle a pinch of nutmeg over and combine again.
-Slice your clementine in half and squeeze (really squeeze – get as much out of there as you can) the juice into a liquid measuring cup. Add enough milk so that your liquid mixture reaches the 2/3 cup line.
-Crack your egg into the juice/milk mixture and then add your melted butter. Stir.
-Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon until shoddily combined. Gently fold in your cranberries (and nuts if using). Spoon into the muffin cups.
-Combine the sugar and cinnamon and spinkle generously over the muffins. Bake for twenty minutes. Enjoy warm or room temperature, preferably with butter.

Recipe from Nigella Lawson's How to be a Domestic Goddess
A cookbook purchase you will not regret, if only for some light bedtime reading!

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