November 30, 2010

Cranberry Cornmeal Muffins


We hope everyone had a delicious Thanksgiving!

When planning our Thanksgiving menu, we had to make a difficult decision: we cut the cranberries. We made a chicken roulade with mushroom stuffing, so there was no plain turkey to serve as a vehicle for eating the cranberry sauce. We also made lots of other dishes (mushroom gnocchi and baked sweet potato fries with aioli and brussel sprouts and, of course, dessert - a gingerbread apple upside down cake from Smitten Kitchen), and we figured we really had enough food, and had committed ourselves to enough cooking, so something had to get axed.

Like I said, it was a difficult decision, and we didn't want cranberries to feel slighted, so in the end we compromised and made cranberries for breakfast, tucked into slightly sweet corn muffins made with tangy yogurt. We made enough to last us two days of breakfast, in theory, but we had a really hard time holding out and saving half of them for the day after Thanksgiving. Fortunately, there were plenty of other things to eat!


Cranberry Cornmeal Muffins (makes 12)

- 1 and 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 tbsp (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
- 1 cup yogurt
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup fresh cranberries



Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners. Combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. In a medium sized bowl, mix the melted butter with the yogurt, eggs, and vanilla.

Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Add the cranberries and divide the batter among the muffin tins. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the muffins have turned golden brown on top and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

Let the muffins cool for 5 minutes in the tins before removing them to cool on a wire rack; let them cool there for at least 15 minutes so that they don't stick to the paper when you try to peel it off.

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