Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Orange Lemon Cranberry Muffins


I am not a big fan of muffins or cupcakes.I don't like them because they are usually just pretty to look at and taste terrible.These are moist little muffins made with olive oil, lemon and orange and topped with a lime glaze. They are pretty and they taste good. They even stay moist the next day.


You will need:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp orange zest (from 1 orange)
  • 1 tsp lemon zest (from 1/2 lemon)
  • 3/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice (with pulp)- 3 oranges
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice - 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried cranberries
  • 1 egg
Icing
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp lime juice
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. 



Step 1: in a medium sized bowl add all dry ingredients. Add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix with a whisk instead of sifting.

Step 2: zest the orange and lemon.


Step 3: juice the lemon and oranges. Add olive oil, water, vanilla and chopped cranberries. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds. Let cool slightly. This is to moisten the cranberries.


Step 4: add the egg to a large bowl and whisk in the orange liquid.


Step 5: add the dry ingredients mixing with a spatula 1/3 at a time and mixing until just incorporated.


Step 6: use an ice cream scoop to evenly fill muffin tins (I like paper liners for easy clean up) I also sprinkle tops with a bit of sugar.


Step 7: bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes. Cool slightly before removing to cooling rack.



Step 8: make a glaze by mixing icing sugar and lime juice. I put in a small Ziploc bag with an end cut to drizzle.


Eat them!! They are soft and squishy.






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