Apparently the cranberry orange muffin thing has really really been done. Smitten Kitchen tells me so :) though the recipe there for cranberry orange breakfast buns looks pretty awesome. Actually I see the point on this one. I first noticed the cranberry orange thing in one of my favorite cookbooks, Sarabeth’s Bakery, and kind of thought to myself, “Oh I should try that when the cranberries come around.” But now that cranberry time is here I’ve seen several renditions of the combination.
But I really really wanted to bake something with cranberries anyway. It sounds kind of silly but they are just so pretty. I love that jewel tone red. Plus they add a nice pop to the flavor of baked goods, that tartness can just be so refreshing.
Working on the assumption that cranberries probably pair well with other fruit flavors other then orange I decided to give cranberry apple muffins a try. I was quite pleased with the results. The apple gives a mild background flavor that really allows the cranberries to shine. Plus a side benefit, these muffins really aren’t so bad for you at all. Using applesauce as the moisture in the recipe allows you to cut back on the fat and enhances the apple flavor.
So give these a try and get your cranberry carb fix and keep the waistline slim.