Thursday, February 11, 2010

Big Love : Dried Cranberry Lemon Muffins

A lovely little (or in my case, gi-nor-mous) treat to bake up Valentines morning. They weren't the perfect muffin, but they're easy and well worth the short amount of time it takes to whip them up. The good: moist, a bit dense (see the bad too), flavorful, pretty darn delicious when piping hot and schmeared with brown sugar butter. The bad: way too dense the next morning (only really good the day they're made), tastes too strongly of baking powder to my tastebuds, isn't a cupcake (yes, that's a bad, I see muffin and my mind wants sweet fluffy cake). Although, I imagine your lov-ah and your stomach would be thankful for such a lovely morning treat.

Big Love : Dried Cranberry Lemon Muffins, originally uploaded by miss.mallory.

Dried Cranberry Lemon Muffins


1/3 cup lemon juice (should be about the juice from one large lemon)
zest from the lemon (before you juice it, set aside in medium sized mixing bowl)
2/3 cup whole milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
splash of vanilla extract (you can omit if you like, I just love the hint of vanilla)
1 3/4 cup ap flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch of sea salt or other coarse salt
3/4 cup dried cranberries

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 F

1. Place all wet ingredients (lemon juice through egg/vanilla) in a large mixing bowl and whisk until incorporated.
2. Sift flour and baking powder over bowl with lemon zest. Add salt and fluff with a fork so that zest is well coated in flour mixture.
3. Pour wet into dry and mix just until ingredients come together. Be sure not to overmix. Throw in cranberries and mix until they evenly littered throughout the dough.
4. Using an ice cream scoop fill normal, small, or giant sized cupcake/muffin tin 2/3 full.
5. Bake 12-15 minutes for minis 18-22 for normal and 25-28 for ginormous sized muffins.
6. Eat, eat, eat and enjoy!!

Be sure to eat them hot out of the oven, that's truly when they're at the peak of perfection.


RachelleLouise said...

Gorgeous! They remind me of my brioche puff last night! I just love the picture with the steam rising off them! Good work again, my dear friend!

Tami said...

Hi M.

I met you at Ashley party. Just got around to checking out your blog.
Very nice. I think the muffins look like a recipe for my family.
Thanks for sharing.