Cranberry Orange Muffins

These are great winter muffins. The cranberries pop in your mouth and become addictive. I found these were better the next day when they were completely cooled.

½ cup buttermilk
1 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
pinch salt
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tbsp  fresh orange zest
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup oil
2 cups fresh cranberries

1.  Preheat oven to 350 F.  Mix the  buttermilk, sugar, salt and eggs together in a large bowl.  Add the orange zest and vanilla extract.

2.  In a separate bowl, mix together the flour and baking powder.  Add dry ingredients to wet, and stir together until moistened.

3.  Add oil and mix, mix, mix until batter is smooth and homogeneous.  Fold in cranberries.

4.  Bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted into muffins comes out clean.

Orange Simple Syrup

1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup granulated sugar

In a small saucepan, heat the orange juice and sugar together gently until all the sugar dissolves.  Brush over muffins. I also sprinkled mine with sugar for a bit more sweetness.

~ by accordingtoleanne on December 28, 2012.

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