One of the best things about fall is all the wonderful scents and flavors that come into season. Of course the powerhouse is Pumpkin Spice, undisputed king of the fall flavors. But I’m more of a fan of the littler-known seasonal delights, like nutmeg, fall squash, citrus, and cranberries.
And of course, cranberries & oranges go together like peanut butter and jelly in the fall. Cranberry & orange tastes great on chicken, pork, or fish, they go together in relish for your Thanksgiving turkey, or baked into bread, cookies, and of course muffins!
These muffins are light and moist, with a lovely sweet tang from the juice and the berries. Perfect for snacking, quick breakfasts, or midday snacks. These muffins can also be frozen in single layers and popped into baggies for an on-the-go treat later. Simply microwave or pop in a toaster oven for a warm fluffy breakfast.
- 1 large orange
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 cup fresh, dried, or frozen cranberries
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
Step 1: In a large bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder & soda, ) and in another bowl mix all the wet ingredients (egg, oil, juice). You can juice an actual orange for the juice if you have the ability.
Step 2: Grate the peel of one orange, and mix it into the wet ingredients. Mix the wet into the dry ingredients, and fold together until moist. Add in the cranberries. If you’re using frozen cranberries, thaw and drain them first so your batter doesn’t get too watery.
Step 3: Either spray muffin tins with cooking oil or line them with muffin papers. Pour about 1/3 cup of batter into each opening. Bake at 350 F for 25-30 minutes, until the muffins are browning on the top and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Remove your lovely muffins and let them cool enough to take out of the pan. Then enjoy at least one (or three, I won’t tell!) while they’re still warm. MMMM MMM! So delicious with coffee, hot tea, or some fresh hot chocolate.