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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Cranberry Almond Muffins



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Seasonal promotions for canned pumpkin and cranberry sauce have started. I'm not immune to the lure of lovely displays, so I always stock the pantry as soon as they appear. The recipe I'm featuring today is seasonal and I don't use it much past the Thanksgiving holiday. It's a nice recipe and makes good muffins, but in a world of great muffins, it really is not my best or favorite. That being said, these muffins appeal to a lot of folks and I get a lot of requests to make them at this time of year. I suspect the sauce buried in the muffins is the lure. Cranberries and almonds have a natural affinity for each other and they marry well in this recipe. While it's easy to go overboard with almond extract, its use here is controlled and the end result is a muffin that nicely balances two strong flavors. I really think you'll enjoy them. They are certainly worth a try. Here's the recipe

Cranberry Almond Muffins ...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Janice Pletscher

Ingredients:
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 cup sliced almonds, divided use
1/2 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease or line standard muffin cups with paper liners.
2) Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
3) Combine eggs, sour cream, butter and almond extract in another bowl.
4) Stir wet ingredients into flour mixture, mixing just until moistened. Fold in 1/2 cup almonds.
5) Fill prepared muffin cups half full;. Drop 1 tablespoon cranberry sauce into center of each muffin. Cover with enough batter to fill cups three-fourths full. Sprinkle with remaining almonds.
6) Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Serve warm. Yield: 8 muffins.








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31 comments:

EliFla said...

Hope yuo'r enjoing in Turky! Thanks for recipe and blessings, Flavia

kitchen flavours said...

Your muffins looks delightful! Two of my favourite ingredients, cranberries and almonds! Yum! Have a lovely weekend!

Angie's Recipes said...

Mary, those muffins look really beautiful. I love the idea of using cranberry sauce.

Ginny said...

I do tend to go overboard with the extracts, especially almond and vanilla. This looks like a good muffin for fall.

Dzoli said...

Great taht you are thinking of us even on your holiday.Great combo almonds and berries:)

Chiara said...

Thanks for this lovely recipe Mary!have a good weekend....

Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet said...

These muffins sound and look scrumptious, Mary! This lovely recipe it's a must try :)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs,

Aldy.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

These look just so good. Diane

Chelsea said...

Mmm, cranberries and almonds really are an excellent combination.

Kalyan said...

Just mouthwatering...looks so easy to prepare and delicious!

Hovkonditorn said...

Looks so delicious!

Becki's Whole Life said...

I like anything with almonds, but the fact that these also have cranberries and sour cream in the mix make these even more appealing to me:-).

Lenia said...

They must be really yummy!Have a great month,dear!

Kim said...

It's a good idea to use the canned stuff sometimes to prepare some goodies. These muffins are looking great...

Debbie said...

These look wonderful. I like the idea of using a can of cranberry sauce. Interesting! A really good recipe for this time of year. I think they would be great as part of a Thanksgiving dinner too, instead of dinner rolls!

savoringtoday.com said...

These look elegant, perfect for afternoon tea!

Jenn said...

Love cranberry & almond--cannot wait to try it! Great recipes.

That Girl said...

I stocked the pantry with canned pumpkin, but I'm not sure when I'll get to use it!

Cheah said...

I can imagine the yummy cranberry sauce in the muffin .....mmm

Turmericnspice said...

love cranberries !!!!!!!!!

decocinasytacones said...

What a yummy muffins!. Thanks for sharing!
Love from the north of Spain
Marialuisa

Amalia said...

I really want to try these muffins because of the cranberry sauce! They look delicious :) Thanks for sharing another beautiful recipe, have a great day!

Tender B. said...

Love the combo of cranberries and almonds. These look much better than the muffins I ate this morning.

Ben said...

Mary, I would never have thought to use almonds. It's a great idea!

Ben
http://kissthecook-ben.blogspot.com/

Joanne said...

haha I'm glad to know I'm not the only person hoarding these ingredients! What great muffins!

highplainsdrifters said...

almonds are pretty amazing and versatile nuts. with a hand chopper or food processor, you can make a pseudo-almond flour that adds flavor, protein, and fiber to the wheat flour. use it in pancakes all the time, but need to give it a shot in a muffin like this. cheers!

sally said...

These muffins would be perfect for using up extra cranberry sauce after Thanksgiving. They look so good that I might have to make them sooner though.

Tasha said...

I've always liked the pairing of cranberry and almonds in baked goods. My little guy loves muffins, and I'll bet he'd especially enjoy the cranberry surprise in this one.

Jenn said...

Cranberry? Yes!! Almond? Yes!!! Muffins?? Sign me up!!!

What's next said...

Can't wait to try this!!!

Platanos, Mangoes and Me! said...

Something else for me to try....

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