This Cranberry Muffins recipe is very easy and makes the best muffins. I love the tartness of the cranberries with their subtle sweetness. The trick with muffins is not to over-mix the batter. There should still be streaks of flour in it as you spoon it into the tins. I like to use whole wheat pastry flour, as it reacts very much like all purpose flour, but add nutrients. If you want a lighter muffin, you can substitute half the of the whole wheat pastry flour with all purpose flour.
You will need: 1-12 cup muffin pan well greased or lined with paper muffin cups.
1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. In a large bowl sift the whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the brown sugar and lemon zest.
3. In medium bowl beat together the mashed banana, eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, and melted butter.
4. Add the banana mixture to the dry ingredients, folding them together with 10-12 quick strokes of a spatula. The batter will be lumpy and streaked with dry flour, but it is essential not to over-mix the batter for a tender muffin.
5. Carefully fold in ¾ of the cranberries with another 4-5 strokes. By this time the batter should be mixed in but still a little uneven. If it is too smooth, you’ve over-mixed it.
6. Fill the muffin cups ½ – ⅔ full, depending on preferred size, scatter the remaining cranberries on top and sprinkle with the remaining tablespoon of brown sugar.
7. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (see Ann’s Tip)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup fine brown sugar (such as Florida Crystals), plus 1 tablespoon for sprinkling
- Grated peel of 1 lemon
- 1 small ripe banana, mashed
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup buttermilk
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla essence
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1½ cup cranberries (fresh or frozen)
Ann's Tips and Tricks
You can make substitute buttermilk by adding 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or 1 teaspoon of cream of Tartar to 1 cup of regular milk.
If you cannot find whole wheat pastry flour then substitute half whole wheat flour and half all-purpose flour. Just swapping in whole wheat flour will result in a drier and grittier muffin.
Eat all sweet, sugary treats in moderation. A little bit of what you like does you good, but don’t overdo it!