November 06, 2006

Cranberry Muffins


Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup cranberries
1 cup milk
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup cottage cheese
2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs


Directions:
Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour or line 12 wells of a muffin tin. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, oil and cottage cheese. In a medium bowl, whisk together baking powder, salt, sugar and flour. Mix into the egg mixture alternately with the milk. Mix thoroughly. Fold in cranberries. Fill each well 3/4 of the way up. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the center muffin comes out clean. Remove to wire rack and cool.


My thoughts:
As you can see from all of my recent posts, I took my own advice and stocked up on cranberries while they were on sale. I wasn't planning on doing more baking today, much less with cranberries, but my mom called and asked if she could bring my grandfather over for a short visit. He's in his 90s and has never been to my house before, despite the fact that he and my mom lived on this same block in the 1960s. Anyway, I thought I'd make a little treat to have while he was here and give them some to take home. I wanted to make a recipe that was different than the cranberry bread, so I kept the cranberries whole, added some cottage cheese and used oil instead of butter. This resulted in a light, fairly fluffy muffin.