christmas morning muffins

December 23, 2011

in Breakfast & Muffins

Golden and aromatic, these Christmas morning muffins create cranberry-orange sugar clouds that waft through the house. In fact, the scent may lure your family from their warm beds to the breakfast table, or at least to gather sleepily around the Christmas tree. Like me, you’ll be tempted to inhale one steaming hot from the oven – singed fingertips are a small price to pay for utter breakfast bliss! As a timesaver, prep the dry ingredients the night before and Christmas breakfast will be ready in less than 20 minutes.

Christmas Morning Muffins
Adapted from Nigella Lawson
1 1/3 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp nutmeg
Zest of 1 orange
1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/3 cup low-fat milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2/3 cup dried cranberries

Topping
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375°F and line a 12-cup standard muffin pan with baking cups; coat baking cups with cooking spray. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the mixture. Combine orange zest, orange juice, milk, oil, and egg in a medium bowl; add to flour mixture and stir just until combined. Gently fold in cranberries and fill each baking cup 3/4 full of batter.

Mix together sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle evenly over muffins. Bake for 15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let muffins cool in pan on a wire rack for 2 minutes before removing from pan to serve warm or cool completely. Store muffins in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 days.

Yield – 10 muffins (serving size: 1 muffin)
Calories – 166
Carbs – 26

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2 Comments

1 Savory Simple December 24, 2011

Beautiful!

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2 natasha {schue love} December 25, 2011

Oh yummm! Wish I had seen these this morning! Merry Christmas!

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