The zing of a fresh orange mixed with the tartness of cranberry just speaks Fall to me.
Just look how pretty these colors are.....so yum!
The two mix so well together in chutneys and relishes.
My all-time favorite combination is to make muffins.
Here is a wonderful recipe from Wilton.http://www.wilton.com/recipe/Orange-Poppy-Seed-Muffin-Tops
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1 egg
- 4 teaspoons poppy seeds
- 2 teaspoons orange zest (from one orange)
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract Easy-Add vanilla extract
About 12 muffin tops.
Preheat oven to 400°. Spray muffin top pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Combine sour cream, oil, eggs, vanilla extract, orange zest, poppy seeds and orange juice. Add to dry ingredients. Stir only to combine.Divide batter equally into pan cavities.
Bake 9 - 11 minutes or toothpick inserted in center of muffin top comes out clean.
I love the muffin-tops....nice and crispy....w/o all the bulk of the muffin.
Remember when the pans came out to bake these little guys?
They could be found everywhere....not so any more. Target has them here.http://www.target.com/p/OvenStuff-2-Muffin-Caps-Pans-Gray-6-Cup/-/A-12554244
Amazon carries some interesting pans here.http://www.amazon.com/Chicago-Metallic-Non-Stick-Original-Muffin/dp/B003YKGRBY/ref=pd_sbs_hg_2
Some interesting facts about cranberries and more recipes can be found at this site.
Whilst [love that word] looking for new recipes for my muffin-top pans I found this book by Laura Ingrahams.
As is her style she takes very humorous jabs at some of the craziness that is our country right now. Our nation is in very serious trouble.http://www.amazon.com/Thee-Zing-Americas-Cultural-Decline/dp/1451642040/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1315515863&sr=8-2
I don't know all the answers....
I do know prayer is a key!
Do you have any recipes to share using cranberries or oranges .....good muffin recipes? Link them in your comments!!!