Sunday, 28 November 2010

Cranberry Craisin Muffin... Mood = Merry

I don't know about you, but winter is one of my favourite times of the year. I love wearing the scarves, thick puffy coats and my lovely DOMAKAYA hat and Gloves that my friend KOKO makes. I Love the twinkling lights strewn along the streets of London and the Christmas vibe that is in full force over here. It puts me in such a good mood and for some reason i get very inspired to cook.

Now in this amazing time, there are also amazing foods to indulge in and i am like a bulldozer, non stop baking and non stop eating! On thanksgiving i made my client some muffins and they were just so moorish and juicy and full of colour and bite. they were covered with a lovely streusal topping which was an added bonus.

I used 2 kinds of cranberries for this and use vegetable oil instead of butter. The fresh cranberry gives this a sour and bursting punch, and the craisin (dried Cranberry) gives this a sweet and chewy texture. Both work together so well and make this a muffin not to be forgotten.


Recipe:

250g Mixed Fresh Cranberries and Craisins
150 ml milk
240g flour
115g caster sugar
115ml vegetable oil
2 eggs
1/4 t Bicarbonate of Soda
1/4 t salt
1 t Vanilla extract

Streusal:

35 butter
50 Flour
60 Sugar


Method:

  • Make your struesal first but mixing together the flour and butter to make a resemblance of breadcrumbs, like a crumble topping. then add the sugar and set aside
  • Mix the oil and sugar together
  • Add the eggs.
  • Add the milk and mix well, scraping down the sides!
  • Add the sifted flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda.
  • Add the vanilla and then add the cranberry mix.
  • Line a muffin pan with cases and fill all the way to the top.
  • Coat each muffin with the streusal and place in a hot oven at 180 degrees C.
  • Cook for about 20-25 minutes.
Eat warm with tea or just whenever you are feeling festive!

Love the holiday Season!!!!

18 comments:

Chanel11 said...

I absolutely LOVE that you also used dried craisins - I never would have thought of that!

My Kitchen in the Rockies said...

That is a great recipe. I will try to convert it into a cake. Love the streusel topping. Thanks for sharing.

scrambledhenfruit said...

These look so festive and delicious! I love the mixture of fresh and dried cranberries. :)

Joudie's Mood Food said...

Yes the use of both fresh and craiain make this a perfect combination! And the streusal is perfect!

tasteofbeirut said...

I love craisins and cranberries period! I could easily devour this muffin! well, several of them, in one sitting!

Sally - My Custard Pie said...

I made cranberry (with dried cranberries) and white chocolate muffins the other day. They were lovely but I'm longing for the fresh cranberries to get to the shops here so I can have little bursts of sharpness among the sweet. I really like the idea of the strusel topping - the pics are lovely.

Radhika @ foodfor7stages said...

I am like you, who totally adores winter :) These muffins are to die for.

Anna Johnston said...

Now that's one seriously cheery festive muffin, love the colours and bet it tastes fabulous too.

Dimah said...

What a simple recipe! These look scrumptious!

Juliana said...

Wow, your muffins look delicious...looks much prettier with fresh cranberries...and the topping make it extra yummier :-)

Indie.Tea said...

What a great recipe, I love how you 'doubled' up on the cranberries. I just made a cranberry chutney this weekend, and now I've been thinking of making a sweet thing with cranberries - this looks great.

Sanjeeta kk said...

Gorgeous and tempting muffins.

fortheloveofyum said...

stunning photos! and your muffins look amazing, i adore the streusel topping!

Heavenly Housewife said...

I wish I was more like you. I actually find the winter very difficult. I feel sad and cold most of the time. I think I might have a bit of seasonal affective disorder :(. That being said, I could forget it for a while while I am scarfing down one of these delicious muffins!
*kisses* HH

blackbookkitchendiaries said...

this looks so yummy!! what a great recipe:)

Dana said...

Yum! That sounds so tasty! Perfect way to start the day.

Maria said...

Craisins are a staple in our pantry and these little muffins are a great use for them. Sweet, healthy ... perfect little muffins!

Prerna@IndianSimmer said...

My li'l one recently tasted cranberries for the first time and now there's no stopping her! She wants it in everything.. even in her milk!! So I'm sure this one's gonna be her favorite!