Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Cranberry and white chocolate muffins

I know some people in the U.K are fortunate enough to be growing their own cranberries, but to my knowledge they are not yet grown or sold on a commercial basis here, so often I like many people tend to buy those imported from the USA. However, if I should ever come across a cranberry bush at a garden centre here, I would certainly have a go at trying to grow my own, as I think they would be very similar to blueberries. The only thing I am unsure about is whether they would require more than one plant for cross pollination; or if the one plant be fine. I am not concerned about how much I would be able to harvest, just as long as I get enough for the Christmas season.

Anyway, like many homes, the cranberry only comes into my kitchen during the month of December. Instead of a rich, dark Christmas pudding, I tend to make Nigella’s Cranberry pudding and undoubtedly that is what I will be making for Christmas day, but today whilst I am still working I thought I would have a go at making some cranberry muffins for the rest of my working week.

I was really pleased with them and they look so seasonal. These muffins are quite flavourful, and the sharpness of the cranberry balanced really well with the sweetness of the white chocolate.

Oh just thought I would share a quirky fact with you about cranberries, if they are fresh and ripe they will bounce, whereas those damaged will not. I thought it was interesting...especially when a number of them literally bounced on the ground when I attempted to chop them.

Updated on the 18th December - I have been encouraged to enter the above image into this months NCR competition, so like a good little girl I am obeying instructions and submitting the above image to this months host Jacqueline of Tinned Tomatoes. The challenge is to submit a festive photo, it doesn't have to involve food, just something that captures the mood of the festive season. Well I guess my snowman holding a seasonal cranberry muffin with specks of snowflake chocolate should be shared, especially if it brings a smile to make fellow bloggers faces.

Regular readers will note that I have used American measurement this time. I often do when I make muffins, it only seems right.

Cranberry and white chocolate muffins
Makes 12
Ingredients
2 cups of plain flour
½ cup or of light brown sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup milk at room temperature
¼ cup unsalted butter, melted and allowed to cool
2 eggs
1/4 cup of white chocolate chips
1 cup of cranberries, roughly chopped
Method
Line a 12 hole muffin tin with casings. Preheat the oven to gas mark 5. In a bowl, gently stir together flour, brown sugar, salt and baking powder. In another bowl, gently beat in eggs, milk, and the melted butter. Then add the wet ingredients to the dry mixture, along with the chocolate chips and cranberries, and stir to combine well. Fill the muffin cases and bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on w wire rack before enjoying. Adapted from ‘Tis the Season by Nanette Blanchard who was inspired by a cranberry and chocolate cookie recipe, now that something I want to try too.

35 comments:

  1. Delish looking! I'll take one with a nice cup of tea..please...he he!

    Enjoy!

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  2. Pam, would you like one or two teaspoons of sugar in your tea?

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  3. They do look very seasonal, a lovely picture you've put together! I'll have a heaped spoonful and plenty of milk in my tea thanks.

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  4. Lovely muffins. Funnily enough (or maybe not given the time of year), I'm going to be making white chocolate & cranberry cookies this weekend for the Sweet & Simple Bakes event.

    As for growing cranberries, it shouldn't be a problem for you in Scotland - acidic soil as for blueberries and work best with more than one variety for cross pollination. Also better if you can get them to trail down something. Info from Chief Taster who is finally on the mend (cross fingers).

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  5. Ooh scrumptious! Thanks for the American measurements :) I love the short list of ingredients. I already have the cranberries and everything -- I just need the white chocolate. Yum!

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  6. Cranberries add such spark to baked goods, Mango. These muffins look way too tempting. And you're right, they are quite festive for the holidays - ho-ho-ho!

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  7. These look stunning! My next organic food delivery is coming with 2 packages of organic black heirloom cranberries from just down the road from me (my home state is a large cranberry producer). I might have to devote some to these delicious looking muffins!

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  8. Gorgeous! I love cranberries and will mix them in with everything I can. These muffins look so yummy.

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  9. MMMMMMMMMM,...these muffins look fabulous! Rich & white!!

    So festive!!

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  10. oh wow, they look so delicious! Im planning on making gingerbread cupcakes and truffles soon, fingers crossed they turn out as fabulous as your muffins.

    Rose

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  11. The muffins look very seasonal and doable! I will try them during the weekend.Thank you

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  12. Ann. I have been holding your cuppa tea for awhile now, when are you going to take it from me as its getting cold. And that muffin...


    Choclette,
    Good to hear that chief tester is well. I have not heard of the Sweet and Simple Bakes even so will come by to check that out as well as your white chocolate & cranberry cookies. I am going to be making some cookies with cranberries too this weekend.So watch this space.

    Also, Thanks for the info on growing cranberries, I didn't think it was going to be a problem in Scotland esp with the wet weather, just uncertain of its growing needs, so Thank you so much to you and your Chief Taster for the advice, I will keep it in mind, if and when I buy a cranberry plant.


    Thanks Sarah. I am a bit funny when I come to making muffins as I do tend to use American measurements, not grams. Get some white chocolate and make some this weekend.


    Ho ho ho Barbara, you are right that Cranberries add spark to baked goods. I often see them as little red gems!


    Thanks Fred. I can't wait to have a look at your next organic veg/fruit box, especially for the black heirloom cranberries, I don't hink I have ever seen such a variety, so am really curious. In your home state, 'real' Cranberry juice and cocktails must be served everywhere you go then, lucky lucky!


    Thank you K.


    Sophie, they really are white and rich.


    Thanks Rose. I am looking forward to your vegan truffle and gingerbread muffins, sound really interesting.


    Thanks Peggy. Hope you enjoy them.

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  13. Those are so pretty - and I just love the robin which adds the perfect festive touch!

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  15. Whoops I don't know what I did there, anyway.

    Thanks Fran, I found the robins in a cookshop last month, they only cost 20p each.

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  16. Oh I love cranberry and white chocolate together!! Your photos are so fantastic too - Love the little birdie! :)

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  17. Thank you Debbie.
    It so nice to hear from you.

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  18. wow. they look great. can you tell me where you got the wee birds from? are they edible?

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  19. I love Cranberries, but haven't tried them with white chocolate for muffins. Cranberrries are expensive in Malayisa about 6.50 ringgit for 100 gm, dried ones. Your pics do have the X'mas feeling!

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  20. Thanks Louise
    I got the robins when I visited Edinburgh last month at a cake shop on Nicolson Street, sorry I have no idea what they are called. They are not edible.


    Thanks Cheah,
    Cranberries are truly a luxury where you are.

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  21. Mmmm....looks very delicious and festive. Beautiful photos. Thnaks for sharing.

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  22. love the birdies and love those muffins - I have never found fresh cranberries here but maybe I need to look harder - I tried bakibg with cranberries for the first time on my recent trip to scotland - incidentally they were frombelarus

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  23. Thank you Marymoh.


    Johanna.
    I am surprised to ready that you have not found cranberries where you are, as you say 'look harder' and make something sweet.

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  24. Hey Mangocheeks, those muffins look temptingly delicious. I don't really use cranberries, but I should. I have seen so many tempting recipes recently including this one.

    ps you have to enter that first photo into this month's No Croutons Required, which is festive photos. It is such a great photo :)

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  25. Jacqueline,
    Thank you and thank you for encouraging me to do so. I will submit it immediately.

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  26. Thanks for stopping by my blog :)
    These look so delicious!
    Great photo too.

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  27. Your so welcome Diane.
    Thsank you so much for coming by.

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  28. Hi there! This recipe looks great. When you say preheat the oven to 5, do you know what that would be in degrees, like 350 or 375? Thanks!

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  29. I love the combination of cranberries and white chocolate... I just made cookies with the same delicious ingredients!

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  30. Hello there Kristina,
    In the future I am going to try and put degrees, but it may take me a whilte to get used to. Anyway, in this case you are right - it's about 375 degrees.


    Thank you Lauren.
    I have seen loads of cookies with the same ingredients, may have to give them a go next year.

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  31. Lovely muffins! I made your cranberry white choc scones & am about to make the muffins tonight. Thank you for the recipes.

    Just wanted to set you straight on one point: cranberries don't grow on bushes; they grow on vines that lie in bogs (or marshes).

    http://www.cranberries.org/cranberries/grow_intro.html

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  32. Those birds look adorable atop that gorgeous muffin! I love cranberries and these muffins sound delicious!

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  33. Thanks Chateau Screwtop.


    Thank you Family Spice.
    I picked them from a specialist cake shop last year whilst in Edinburgh.

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  34. Great work.
    Lovely and well delicious muffins.
    I am only looking for cranberries recipes and yours is greatly welcome.
    Thanks for your visit ♥

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  35. Thank you so, so much Ana Powell.
    i am so pleased these caught your eyes.

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