Christmas Morning Muffins

I found this recipe on http://www.ezrapoundcake.com where she said that she adapted it from Nigella Lawson’s “How to Be a Domestic Goddess”.  They smelled so yummy while baking and tasted great!

1 1/3 cups flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/3 cup sugar

freshly grated nutmeg

juice of 1 – 2 clementines or small oranges (I had, and so used, oranges)

1/4 cup milk

1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

1 egg

5 ounces (1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons) dried cranberries or 2 1/2 ounces dried cranberries plus 2 1/2 ounces chocolate chips

topping:

2 teaspoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1  Preheat oven to 400.

2  Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and sugar in large bowl and add a generous amount of fresh nutmeg.  (I wasn’t sure what constituted a generous amount so I added a teaspoon of dried nutmeg but I think I could have added more.)

3  Take a liquid measuring cup and measure 1/4 cup milk then add freshly squeezed orange juice to the milk until the liquid reaches 2/3 cup.  Add melted butter and egg and beat to combine.

4  Pour liquid mixture into bowl of dry ingredients and stir until the ingredients are just combined but lumpy.

5  Fold in cranberries and chocolate chips.

6  Divide batter among 12 muffin cups.

7  Combined cinnamon and sugar in small bowl and sprinkle over tops of muffins.  Bake 10 – 15 muffins or until golden brown.

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