Cranberry Sauce Muffins

Cranberry Sauce Muffins

November 23: Eat a Cranberry Day

We are blessed with a bounty of food on Thanksgiving Day and appreciate leftovers. Highlander cooks the turkey and gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rice, bread rolls and corn while Islander bakes the pies and makes Oreo turkey cookies in advance for dessert. Sometimes, though, we have an overabundance of side dishes, such as cranberry sauce, because Islander does not eat it and Highlander cannot finish it by himself. So Islander makes “morning-after cranberry sauce muffins.” They are great for breakfast on Black Friday or as a sporty-style snack when watching football games on television. Give new life to leftovers and make cranberry sauce muffins the morning after Thanksgiving and on Eat a Cranberry Day!

Recipe

(Adapted from Serious Eats)

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups (or 1 14-ounce can) cranberry sauce
    (we used Ocean Spray brand whole berry cranberry sauce)
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup wheat flour
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

In a medium bowl, combine the cranberry sauce with the milk, oil and egg. Mix well and set aside.

Cranberry Sauce Muffins

In a large bowl, mix the flours, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.

Cranberry Sauce Muffins

Fold in the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, gently stirring well until moistened. Scoop ¾ full into cupcake papers or the wells of a lightly-greased muffin pan. Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees F for 20-22 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool on wire racks. Yield: Approximately 1 ½ dozen.

Cranberry Sauce Muffins

Notes

  • Add more fruit filling to these moist muffins by adding a half cup of fresh or dried cranberries to the batter. Add sweetness by sprinkling sugar on the top of the batter before baking.
  • Search our blog for other recipes containing cranberries.

Cranberry Scones

Cranberry Scones

May 30: National Scone Day

Highlander’s Mum, a first generation Scottish-Canadian, often takes her tea with shortbread biscuits (cookies) or scones. The latter are a traditional Scottish teatime treat that is actually a sweet or savory quick bread and have become a popular snack at coffee shops as well. We usually make homemade scones for breakfast but also prepare them when Mum visits so we can relax together over a cup of tea or coffee. Although we have baked a variety of scones (recipes will appear in future blog posts), we chose to feature a simple sweet scone containing dried cranberries for National Scone Day.

Recipe

(Adapted from Taste of Home)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • ¼ – ½ cup dried cranberries
  • coarse sugar to sprinkle on top of the scones

Directions

In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and pinch of salt. Cut in the cold butter pieces and mix until it has a crumb-like texture.

Cranberry Scones

In a small bowl, beat the egg. In a measuring cup, measure the milk. Then add two tablespoons of the beaten egg to the milk. Mix the egg and milk and pour into the crumb mixture. Blend until moistened. Add the cranberries and combine well.

Cranberry Scones

Place the dough onto a floured surface. Knead gently to form a 6-inch round. Slice into four wedges for large scones or eight wedges for mini scones. Separate the wedges. Place on a greased baking sheet. Brush the top of the scones with the remaning beaten egg.

Cranberry Scones

Sprinkle the tops of the scones with coarse sugar. Bakes in a preheated oven at 425 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until brown, being careful not to burn the underside of the scones. Remove from the oven and serve warm with fruit preserves/jams or clotted cream.

Cranberry Scones

Notes

  • Australia celebrates National Scone Day on May 30. But we think this food holiday should go global!
  • Search our blog for other scone recipes.