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Monday Muffins: Cranberry Vanilla Muffins


Friday I shared my recipe for Cranberry Orange Scones and today I share a different recipe for Cranberry Vanilla Muffins! What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with a delicious muffin? In this recipe half a vanilla bean is ground right into the sugar to dominate the flavor of the muffin. Use those frozen cranberries in the freezer or try dried cranberries to whip up a batch of these delicious Cranberry Vanilla Muffins.Cranberry Vanilla Muffins


Cranberry Vanilla Muffins






½ vanilla bean, cut into small pieces

1 cup sugar

½ cup butter

2 large eggs,

2 cups of flour

2 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt

½ cup milk

2 ½ cups fresh cranberries coarsely chopped




2 Tbsp sugar

½ tsp nutmeg




Preheat oven to 375. Line 12-14 muffin cups with paper linters.

Prepare the batter. Place the vanilla bean and sugar in a blender or food processor and process until the vanilla bean is ground into tiny flecks.

Using an electric mixer, cream the vanilla sugar with the butter in a small mixing bowl until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture alternately with the milk, mixing until smooth and fluffy. Fold in the cranberries.

Divide the batter between the muffin cups, filling each one almost full. Mix together the sugar and the nutmeg for the topping and sprinkle generously over the muffins.Cranberry Vanilla Muffins Bake until puffed, light golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of each muffin comes out clean, about 25 minutes.Cranberry Vanilla Muffins Serve the muffins warm or at room temperature.Cranberry Vanilla Muffins Makes about 12-14 muffins.Cranberry Vanilla Muffins

Cranberry Orange SconesAs we approach Valentine’s Day what better way to celebrate than with these feathery light scones. Enjoy the wonderful tart contrast of cranberries and orange zest. I cut the scones into heart shapes for a Valentine’s Day treat! Plus I got to use up some of the frozen cranberries in my freezer!Cranberry Orange Scones


If you’re looking for a delicious treat for your valentine on Valentine’s Day try making these delicious Cranberry Orange Scones.Cranberry Orange Scones


Cranberry Orange Scones




2 cups flour

1/3 plus 2 Tbsp sugar

1 Tbsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

4 Tbsp butter, chilled and cut into small pieces

1 cup cranberries, coarsely chopped (can also used dried cranberries)

1 Tbsp grated orange zest

1 large egg

1 large egg, separated

¼ cup heavy cream




Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Grease your baking sheet or line it with parchment paper. Place the flour, ½ cup sugar, the baking powder, salt and butter in a food processor and process until the mixture resembles course crumbs. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Stir in the cranberries and orange zest.


Lightly beat the whole egg and the egg yolk together in a small bowl. Whisk in the cream until blended. Add to the flour mixture and stir until ther dough begins to hold together.


Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently until smooth. Roll the dough 1 inch thick. Cut out with a 3-inch round or heart shaped cookie cutter.Cranberry Orange Scones Pace 1-inch apart on the prepared cookie sheet.Cranberry Orange Scones


Beat the egg white just until foamy and brush over the top of each scone with a pastry brush. Sprinkle the scones with the remaining 2 Tbsp of sugar. Bake until puffed and light golden brown, 15-20 minutes.Cranberry Orange Scones Makes about 9-10 scones.Cranberry Orange Scones


Perfect to enjoy with your valentine and a cup of tea.Cranberry Orange Scones

This recipe is from one of my favorite books; Simply In Season. This book is full of recipes that celebrate fresh, local foods and encourages you to eat in season! Fall and winter is a perfect time to make apple crisp. This recipe is a variation of the traditional apple crisp.

Cranberry Apple Crisp

4 cups of apples, peeled and sliced. I used a variety of apples.
2 cups of cranberries
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tsp orange peel

Combine these ingredients in a large bowl and toss gently until the fruit is coated.apples, cranberries Place in a greased 8×8 inch baking dish.

¾ cup brown sugar
¾ cup flour
¾ cup rolled oats
½ cup oat bran
1 tsp cinnamon

Combine these ingredients in a medium bowl.

4 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp oil
¹⁄3 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Cut the butter and oil into the flour mixture until it crumbles. Sprinkle evenly over the apple mixture. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45-50 minutes or until the fruit is soft and the topping is crisp. Delicious served warm with a little ice cream.

Cranberry Apple Crisp

Cranberry Apple Crisp

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