Sunday, December 4, 2011

Orange, Cranberry Pecan Muffins or The Best Muffin I've Ever Made!

We are not coffee or tea drinkers so Starbucks is not somewhere we frequent. We recently spent too many hours in the O'Hare Airport. Our terminal happened to be next to a Starbucks. Out of boredom and hunger I looked at the yummy pastries in the glass window. Finally I could resist no longer and purchased a Cranberry, Orange Scone. It was delicious. I dream about food and that yummy scone has been in my dreams often!
Hubby and I were ready to find a Starbucks so I could have another scone. But thanks to Pinterest I made my own Cranberry/Orange treat in a muffin form. This muffin was perfect. Cranberry and orange are meant to be together, I added some chopped pecans because I love pecans. This is the perfect holiday muffin

Orange, Cranberry, Pecan Muffins
3/8 cup milk
3/8 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup fat free Greek Yogurt
1 egg
1/2 cup butter melted
1/2 cup sugar
Zest of 1 large orange
1 3/4 cups flour
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ginger
1/2 cup fresh cranberries, chopped (I used my Pampered Chef Chopper)
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 and spray muffin tins with Pam.
In medium bowl combine milk, juice, yogurt, egg, and butter. Whisk until well combined. In a large bowl add sugar and orange zest, rub together with your finger tips. This is the best smell in the world! Add in flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and ginger. Pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients. Mix gently. Add cranberries and pecans. Do not over mix. I use a cookie scoop to portion batter in muffin tins. Sprinkle coarse sugar on top of each muffin.
Bake muffins for 18 minutes, mini muffins 12 minutes. I got 12 regular muffins and about 8 minis.
This recipe is adapted from Homemade by Holman. Thanks Pinterest!


Grandma Scott said...

Thanks for the inspiration, I have some fresh cranberries and I'm off to the store for some yogurt and oranges... They just looked TOOOO Good.

Rita W said...

Totally making these tonight! Those cranberry orange scones are my most favorite things in the world and I haven't been able to find them this year! (and totally off topic, but I think I spy some Stampin' Up! paper in your photo!) :)

Barbara Bakes said...

It does sound like a fabulous muffin!

Crystal said...

Those look delicious. I'm going to add them to my menu for our staff Christmas brunch on Saturday!

Kayte said...

These look delicious and so pretty! I am not a coffee or tea drinker either, but I can just imagine how good a little glass of orange juice would be with this combination of flavors! Stealing this recipe right now...sometime over the Christmas break I am making these! Thanks.

Lois Evensen said...

That looks so yummy! Thank you for sharing your recipe.

I popped over here from Nedra's blog. I'm glad to meet you.


Kris said...

Hi Cindy - Nedra sent me over to visit and boy am I glad I did - I love cranberries, oranges, pecans and muffins!! Put them all together and it sounds like heaven!! Thank you fo rthe recipe!! I think we'll have muffins for breakfast tomorrow morning with a large glass of milk!! Kris P.S. Great blog!!!

Janet said...

Yum, they look and sound delicious, I'd have to use frozen cranberries here in Australia but I think I could cope with that.

Winnie said...

These look GREAT
I really like the combination of flavors - orange, cinnamon, cranberry, pecan = wow!!