I woke up, stretched, got a cup of hot hazelnut coffee (love my husband!) and then it struck me... Why were all the windows white? I opened the door to take a peak, it happened: The First Winter Snowfall. Of course this wouldn't hold me back, I could overcome the mounds of snow quickly covering my porch and driveway. Even my cat, who thinks he is a mountain lion, decided to run out and, for the first time in his life, experience snow.
|Maui the "Mountain Lion"|
And then it hit me, Fresh Winter Muffins! I remembered I bought some cranberries, and being me I never find it hard to find anything one can dream of in my pantry. And so I said, "Aimee, why not make a Cranberry Orange Muffin" to make today melt into sheer joy?!
So literally not but 20 minutes from waking up, I pulled out my tools and whipped up some fresh breakfast:
Cranberry Orange Muffins
What You Need:
3 1/2 cups Flour
2 Sticks Butter
1 cup Sugar
1 tsp Orange Extract
Zest of 1/2 Orange
1 cup Fresh Cranberries
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 cup Milk
To start add the butter and sugar into a bowl and beat together. Add the eggs, milk, and extract and blend. Next, add the flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Fold together lightly so not to over mix.
In a food processor add the cranberries and 1/3 cup sugar. Pulsate 4-5 times to chop. Mix into the muffin batter.
Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes, or until golden brown tops. These are awesome served with butter and a dusting of powdered sugar!
I didn't dust these ones with sugar until after the photo, and they were so adorable because they had a fresh layer of "snow"!
Just to say it, these look amazing with the snowy background, so while looking for my mountain lion pet, I took my fresh baked muffins out to snap a few shots with pine trees in the background. Now with my coffee, muffins, and husband in hand, I will say today was a great success, even if the original to do list was left behind! And I had to post another picture as the sugar made these perfect!
May the snow melt with your warm baking treats!!