Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins

This week I’m going to be highlighting some pumpkin recipes. Similar to the cupcake week I did back in August, I’m kicking off A Week of Pumpkin. Be sure to check back every day this week for a new pumpkin recipe.

I’ve been out of the habit of making muffins. I used to do it on a weekly basis so Hubby and I would have something to take into work for breakfast. In honor of A Week of Pumpkin, I wanted to do at least one pumpkin muffin. I searched for a recipe and stumbled upon this one. I like the addition of the cranberries.

I opted to leave the struesel topping off. I’m not a big fan and the muffins were great without it. I did sprinkle some cinnamon sugar and some freshly ground nutmeg on top of the muffins prior to baking them. Hubby said these were the best muffins I’ve ever made!

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Pumpkin Streusel Cranberry Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup dried cranberries

For streusel topping
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, slightly softened and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

Directions:

Put oven in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Put liners in muffin cups.

For the streusel topping: in a medium bowl, stir together the flour, spices, and brown sugar. Add the butter pieces and combine the mixture with a fork until the topping resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside. (I skipped this step)

Mix the flour and baking powder together in a small bowl.

Whisk together pumpkin, oil, eggs, spices, 1 1/4 cups sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl until smooth. Whisk in flour mixture and dried cranberries until just combined.

Divide batter among muffin cups (each should be about three-fourths full), then sprinkle tops with streusel mixture. Bake until puffed and golden brown and wooden pick or skewer inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 25 minutes.

Cool in pan on a rack five minutes, then transfer muffins from pan to rack and cool to warm or room temperature.

Recipe from Lindsey's Kitchen

And don’t forget about my Power of Pink Challenge going on all month.

Check out my week of pumpkin here.

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9 Responses to “Cranberry Sauce”

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    theblogisthenewblack — November 1, 2010 at 11:24 am

    You’re right- so easy there’s no reason not to try this! ha!

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    Eliana — November 1, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Love that this recipe is so simple and easy. A must have for Thanksgiving.

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    Michelle — November 1, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    I LOVE homemade cranberry sauce! Tastes so good on the Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — November 1, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Delicious! Simple recipes need to be shared too…those are my favorite 🙂

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — November 1, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    This absolutely falls under the this-is-so-easy-and-so-much-better-why-would-I-ever-go-back-to-canned-version territory! I recently made turkey burgers with cranberry sauce dressing and used the canned kind – never again!

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    The Small Boston Kitchen — November 1, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    You’re so right…there is NOTHING better than homemade!

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    Kerstin — November 2, 2010 at 4:17 am

    Wow, this sounds so easy and delicious! I’m cooking for the first time this year and can’t wait to make everything from scratch, which usually doesn’t happen when others in my family cook… 🙂

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    Cassykins — November 2, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    I’m jealous, I want this. I have to eat the stuff from a can because I’m allergic to cranberries and the stuff in a can is far away enough from real that I can get away with it. My grandma used to make cranberry relish which was amazing, but also broke me out into the most amazing hives.

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    Medifast Coupon Code 2010 — November 4, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    I have never understood those that buy canned cranberries when they are so simple to make. Tastes way better than any can.
    Thanks for your nice and simple cranberry sauce recipe.

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