It has turned really cold again. I know I know, it's January and Alberta... but still when it is -22C without windchill it just makes me want to hide under a blanket. This isn't even as cold as it was, right before New Years Eve it was -37C without windchill. Okay okay I am done complaining about the cold, well at least for this post.
When the weather gets this cold out, I usually like to bake things that are comforting and cook things that will warm me from the inside out. When I was at the grocery store on Saturday I saw these big beautiful bright oranges and some cheerful looking lemons. I realized I had a bag of cranberries in the freezer at home, so I decided that muffins would be the perfect thing to make.
My kids love muffins, we have made my mini pumpkin chocolate chip muffins many times, as well as the absolute best banana chocolate chip muffins. Usually if I can find an excuse to put chocolate in the muffins I do, I even thought about putting them in these muffins, but decided not too because these already have such wonderful flavours in them.
Cranberry Citrus Muffins
Makes 16 muffins
2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
4 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup of melted salted butter
1 1/4 cups of sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1/2 cup of sour cream, or plain yogurt
zest from one orange and one lemon
1/4 cup of orange juice
2 cups of fresh or frozen cranberries
Preheat oven to 425F. Grease or line 2 muffin pans.
In a medium sized bowl, add all the dry ingredients (minus the sugar) and mix together.
In a large bowl mix all of the wet ingredients together and the sugar. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet, and mix until just incorporated and wet. Fold in the cranberries.
Evenly distribute the batter into the prepared muffin tins. Bake for 5 minutes at 450F, then turn the temperature down to 375F and bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until the muffins are lightly golden and when a toothpick is inserted it comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before removing from the tins. Cool before eating.
Aren't the colours so bright! You don't need to add a simple glaze on top, but I did. All you need to do is mix 1/2 cup of icing sugar with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and stir together, then drizzle on top.
So if you are freezing like me and want your house warmed up and to smell nice, these are a must bake!
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