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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Christmas Morning Cranberry Orange Muffins

I found this recipe the other day and I immediately thought they would be great for Christmas morning. There is nothing more Christmasy than cranberries and orange.  And they smell wonderful too.  Don't wait until next Christmas to make these muffins. 
Look at all those cranberries.
 I forgot to have the butter out for the picture.
 The first thing you want to mix up is the topping.  1/4 cup sugar
 Zest for 1/2 of an orange.
 Then mix that up and break up the zest.
 Now set it aside while you mix up the rest of the muffin.
 Now for the muffins.  Melt 4 Tablespoons butter.
 Then add 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons sugar.
 Zest the other half of the orange.  Then give the orange to your husband for a snack so it isn't wasted.
 Add 2 eggs.
 1/4 cup oil
 1 cup buttermilk
 2 teaspoon vanilla Mix all that together well.  The smell of the orange is wonderful.
 Then add 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour to the mixture a little at a time.
 1 teaspoon salt
 2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
 Mix well.
 Add 1 cup or maybe a little more fresh cranberries to the batter.
 Fold it into the batter.
 Fill the muffin pans.
 Then add a couple more cranberries to the top
 Then sprinkle the orange sugar on top.
 Isn't that pretty? Place in a preheated 400 oven and bake for about 18-22 minutes.
They smell wonderful and taste delicious.  Mix up a batch of these muffins soon.

Christmas Morning Cranberry Orange Muffins Recipe
1/4 cup sugar
zest from 1/2 orange

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
zest of 1/2 orange
1 cup + 2 Tablespoons sugar
2 eggs
4 Tablespoons butter melted
1/4 cup oil
1 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup fresh cranberries + extra on top

Top muffins with extra cranberries and orange sugar
Preheat oven to 400 and bake 18-22 minutes.

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