recipe-a-week #33: cranberry lemon muffins and what I would love in my kitchen

I had fun taking some pictures of these delicious muffins, the recipe for which I got from my mother-in-law, who also happens to be here for a visit. A great was to use up some cranberries at this time of year! Like most muffins, these are definitely best right out of the oven and warm; if you make them the night before and save the glaze for the next day, that would be okay, too. If the glaze sits on them, though, it kind of melts and makes a sticky mess.

Cranberry Lemon Muffins

2 1/2 cups flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 egg
1 1/4 cups milk
1/3 cup oil
1/3 cup honey
2 tsp grated lemon rind
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries

2/3 cup icing sugar
1 tsp grated lemon rind
3-4 tsp lemon juice

Combine first four dry ingredients./ Combine egg, milk, oil, honey, and lemon rind in large bowl. Add dry ingredients. Stir until dry ingredients are just moistened. Fold in cranberries. Spoon batter into greased muffin cups. Bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes, or until golden.
Combine ingredients, adding enough juice to make a smooth spreadable consistency. Glaze muffins after they've cooled a bit. Make sure the glaze is not too thin - then it will just run off of the muffins. *Tip - lay a piece of waxed paper under your cooling rack before glazing, that way it will catch the glaze drips, and you can easily peel them off and eat them. Umm, I mean, it makes clean-up easier.*

Best dustbin ever. (Doesn't 'dustbin' sound so much nicer than 'garbage can'?) Seriously - if you know where I can find one on this side of the pond, it will be my Christmas present to myself. I suppose I could look for a smaller galvanized one and paint it... but I don't think I've ever seen a small one.

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I'm looking forward to a relaxing, quiet 'dinner and a visit' evening with some civilized ladies. I'm making some herb and cheese palmiers for an appetizer (they're all put together and just need to be popped in the oven) and I think they'll be fantastic. I'll be sure to share the recipe if they're as good as I think they'll be! Have a lovely weekend!


  1. I was hoping you'd post the recipe for these yummy-looking muffins. I guess I'll have to get some cranberries now!

  2. P.S. Ikea has a similar 'dustbin'. See http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/60045656.

  3. Hoorah! Thanks for posting the recipe for these muffins. I was hoping you would when I saw pictures for them in your last post. =)

  4. Anonymous10/25/2009

    These are drool-inducing photos! As soon as I can get my paws on fresh cranberries, I am so making them. Thanks!

    As for the dustbin - it's quite a coincidence, but I did actually see one in red pretty much just like that recently. But, darned if I can remember where I saw it. I'll keep trying to think on it....


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