Sunday, March 13, 2016

Cranberry Muffins

Since we're on the 'cranberry' page...I just wanted to share with you another delicious cranberry recipe! Who can resist fresh Cranberry Muffins, straight from the oven, fresh and homemade. So easy to prepare so moist, and delicious! Still using up my fresh frozen cranberries which I can no longer find in any supermarkets, so you have had to 'squirrel' away your very own! A few days ago, I made stuffing with fresh cranberries pre-cooked and folded in to the stuffing. Looked a little strange reddish in color, but oh, so good with roasted chicken!
These muffins were so incredibly good, I just wish I had saved more fresh cranberries in my freezer. There's so many ways to use up fresh cranberries. I will either look for frozen ones at Whole Foods or will have to wait till November again! For some reason,

I noticed in some of the Hungarian food bloggers' posts about muffins verses if you make small muffins and put frosting on it...does that become a cupcake?...or is it the same thing...muffins with frosting?...I have never heard of such a thing! It's either muffins, or cupcakes! Seems to me that cupcakes get the frosting on them, and muffins may have a yummy glaze...but never, ever frosting! ...and anyway, cupcakes are more moist and delicate, and muffins seem to be more dense. I love the large muffins, but the regular basic size work just fine!

Today, was such a beautiful, pleasant, breezy, and sunny day, here in S. Florida, and especially on the beach, now that we have our beach back after practically losing the entire beach...due to heavy rains, and winds for the last few months, the beach erosion was terrible. We got tons, and tons. of sand being brought in, and have our beach back again to enjoy. Just wondering what will happen in the next 20 or 30 years from now...are we going to be washed away by the ocean?...seems like the beach erosion is such a problem here...wonder if 'global warming has anything to do with it! I would upload some photos for you re: the beach erosion problem, but that would be another long story that I would not want to get involved with on my 'food blog' at this time... (not that I haven't done that in the past.)

Cranberry Muffins
recipe; courtesy of Ocean Spray

1 1/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
2 cups Ocean Spray® Fresh or Frozen Cranberries, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Mix sugar and butter together in a medium mixing bowl until completely blended. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt in a separate medium mixing bowl. Add this alternately with the milk to the butter mixture. Stir in nuts and cranberries. Spoon into 12 paper-lined muffin cups, filling 3/4 full with batter.

Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 12 muffins.

I  haven't promoted any of my other recipes in a long time, but I'm really fond of my Blueberry Muffins, especially with the added sour cream to try these, and forget about the calories or the added fat from the sour cream. Just enjoy, and have a wonderful week! Hugs, Elisabeth

Sour Cream-Blueberry Muffins


  1. Hi Elisabeth! You have reminded me that I have not baked muffins for ages! I have not seen frozen cranberries at our supermarkets here. We can only get the dried ones and these are also good for muffins. I do love the look of your muffins, speckled with the reddish cranberries. I bet they were delicious!

  2. Hi my dearest Elisabeth, how you doing? I haven't being blog walking for the past 2 months. So am back with new posting and to catch up with all my friends. I'm so glad to see you back in action too.

    Your cranberries muffins look really awesome. I'm sure it taste great with coffee. I haven't bake any muffins for the longest time. LOL
    Nice pictures, thanks for sharing your recipe. I still have a small pack of dried cranberries in my fridge. Maybe when in baking mood, I should give it a try.

    Have a nice day. With lots of love and hugs to you.

  3. These muffins look scrumptious! They are perfect for picnic, afternoon tea or breakfast!

  4. I never think to make cranberry muffins and I do have frozen ones saved from Thanksgiving! I never even buy sour cream any more...I always substitute with Greek Yogurt. We even use it on baked potatoes. It really works!

    1. Patty, you can certainly substitute Greek Yogurt for sour cream! As for never buying sour cream in our's like never using Hungarian paprika any more! For us it's a 'tradition'...I'm never without either one. Love the Greek Yogurt; the plain, of course. Have it with fresh berries in the morning!

    2. I can't really tell the difference! But...I am not Hungarian...heeheehee!

  5. Elisabeth your cranberry muffins are amazing can I have one?

    1. Zsuzsa, I can share a whole batch with you...not just one; you can't just have one, it really is that good!

  6. I would totally devour these. I love cranberry in anything a must try! Thanks for stopping by good to hear from you!

  7. Now I can't decide between cranberry or your blueberry muffins! Both sound amazing! Nick is on spring break so I have a good excuse to bake up a batch!

  8. Your muffins looks finger licking! perfect for my brunch with Turkish tea here... thx for sharing yummy recipe.

  9. Hi Elisabeth,

    This recipe looks familiar!!! I remember that we have tried baking an ocean spray recipe muffin recipe before but used dried cranberries instead of the frozen ones and they were awesome! I bet yours must be awesome too!


  10. Er yes please, they look lovely!

    I baked some muffins the other day after so long not making them and remembered how easy yet delicious they are. But we don't get proper cranberries here in Australia so I end up using dried ones.

    We're suffering from erosion on our beach areas too, it always makes me sad to think about years from now.

    I hope you're well and I'm glad to see another recipe mate! :) :)

  11. Hi Elisabeth:)
    Lol, everytime I go in the freezer and move those cranberries from one side of the freezer to the other, I think of you!!! It's a shame that we will have to wait until Novemeber for cranberries but, I still have one whole bag left! Although, after seeing these muffins, they may be gone and I will be moving something else out of the way, lol...

    Erosion is just terrrible. I'm from Long Island, NY and we've lost so much beach through the years. I remember one year when they brought huge trucks in loaded with sand to replenish the beaches.

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, Elisabeth...I never tire of cranberry recipes or uses:)