Sunday, December 16, 2012

Crunchy Orange Cranberry Muffins with Jam

1/4 cup pecans
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 large egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup 1% milk
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 tsp orange zest
1/2 cup favorite jam (I used seedless raspberry)
1 cup dried sweetened cranberries, coarsely chopped

 Preheat oven to 400F degrees.

If you have a nifty hand chopper, by all means use it otherwise, finely chop the nuts with a knife

Combine with the brown sugar and cinnamon, set aside.

Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt then toss in the cranberries.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, oil, milk, orange juice and orange zest.

Gently pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients.  Mix

Oh, this batter smells and looks so good!

Use half the batter to fill up each muffin cup.  Drop a teaspoon of jam on top of each muffin.

Pour the rest of the batter evenly over all the muffins, covering the jam.  Finally, sprinkle enough of the nut mixture on top of each muffin.  Bake for 20 minutes.

Set aside to cool.

As much as I don't like nuts, this look and smells really good.

I wrapped them up and will give them away and maybe keep one for myself.

Our daughter when up north for a trip to our favorite store, Wegmans.  She brought us back a freshly baked Cranberry Orange Bread.  It was so good that I had to look up a recipe on the internet for anything that resembled it.  I found several recipes and combined several to come up with this one.  I also really wanted jam inside the muffin too, so this is what I came up with.  I gave one to hubby who is more than happy to be my guinea pig, he let me have a piece and it was exactly what I had hoped for.  Moist, crunchy, the jam made it extra special.  Gotta make more!!

It's the end of a busy weekend of lots of baking, I hope you savored every moment, I know I did.

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