Cranberry, orange and pecan muffins for WTSIM

by Jeanne on January 11, 2009

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I'm still warbling Christmas carols, thinking about posting my Christmas lunch & New Year dinner recipes, and looking guiltily at our Christmas tree that really should come down…  so can somebody please explain to me how it got to be almost halfway through January 2009 already?? 

Yikes.  Tempus fugit indeed. 

I believe I'm up to host Waiter, There's Something In My…  at the end of January, so anytime soon would be a good time to get my umm, December entry up so that I can announce the next theme, right?!  For December, host Andrew decided that the blogosphere is already overpopulated with events, so to make things easier on everybody we did a mini-WTSIM just for the 3 of us (reader participation optional!).  Each of the three hosts (Andrew, Johanna and me) selected one of the past WTSIM themes and challenged another host to make something from that event's roundup. It's a great excuse to go trawling through all the great recipes we've received over nearly 2 years that this event has been running.  For Johanna, Andrew selected Berried Treasures.  For Andrew, I selected Topless Tarts.  And for me, Johanna selected Breakfasts.

Breakfast is such fun – you can go savoury or sweet; simple or grand; healthy or artery-clogging.  But with the Christmas season barely behind us, my arteries felt quite clogged enough, thanks, so I thought something less extravagant would be in order – like these muffins from Sandy at Eat Real.  Her site is full of great recipes – go and check out her eggnog pancakes! These muffins caught my eye because I knew I still had some cranberries left over from my cranberry & pear upside down cake, and because I find it hard to resist a good muffin.  I left the recipe unchanged apart from substituting dried craberries for fresh, and pecans for walnuts.  Turns out the muffins were a huge hit – even Nick who's usually reserved with his praise was raving.  They are moist with a great citrus tang and really quite addictive.  Thanks Sandy, and thanks Johanna for reminding me of our great collection of breakfast recipes from May of last year :)


CRANBERRY, ORANGE & PECAN MUFFINS (makes 12 regular or 6 jumbo)


2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup fresh or dried cranberries
2 Tbsp sugar (if using fresh cranberries)
2 tsp orange zest
2 eggs
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup sunflower or canola oil
1/2 cup chopped pecan nuts
whole pecans to decorate


Preheat oven to 190C. Grease a 6-cup jumbo muffin pan or 12-cup standard muffin pan (or line the pan cups with paper cups as I did).

If using dried cranberries, measure out and soak in a little orange juice for 20 minutes or so.  If using fresh cranberries, roughly chop them and place them in a small bowl, sprinkled with 2 Tbsp sugar and the orange zest.  Set aside. 

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder and salt. 

In a smaller mixing bowl, lightly beat the two eggs. Add orange juice and oil and stir to combine.

Make a well in the center of dry ingredients and pour in wet ingredients. Stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. Fold in cranberry mixture and walnuts. Spoon batter into prepared muffin pan. and top each muffin with a whole pecan.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes for jumbo muffins or 15 to 20 minutes for standard muffins. Allow to cool for 5 minutes in pan and then remove to rack. Click Logo

I'm also submitting the first photo in this post as my entry into this months's edition of CLICK, the photo event hosted by my fab friends Jai and Bee of Jugalbandi.  The theme this month is red and you have until 30 January to participate, so get snapping!

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Scott at Realepicurean January 11, 2009 at 7:06 pm

Ooh, pretty! These looks tasty, as always.


Sandy S January 11, 2009 at 7:08 pm

Hi Jeanne~
I’m so glad you chose my muffins, and even more delighted that both you and your hubby enjoyed them!! They’re a favorite of mine too. :)
Happy New Year!


courtney January 11, 2009 at 7:55 pm

Breakfast is always one of my favorite meals because it offers up great treats like these.


johanna January 11, 2009 at 9:26 pm

oh no… i still haven’t got round to doing mine!!! what a busy start to the year it has been! i do love your muffins – it’s muffin0manic out there at the moment, at least in the foodblogging world… a bit of a snowball effect, despite the lack of the white stuff!


elra January 12, 2009 at 12:28 am

Delicious combination Jeanne.


Paz January 12, 2009 at 2:51 am

The ingredients sound like a delicious-sounding combination! Happy New Year!


nina January 12, 2009 at 5:17 am

Great idea this time of the year when I for one are still in slow mode……The muffins look so moist and yummee!!!


grace January 12, 2009 at 9:04 am

breakfast is hands-down my favorite meal of the day, so much so that i often eat breakfast foods for every meal. i think your muffins are fantastic and trust me, you’re not the only one who can’t believe it’s already the middle of january. good grief. :)


Bellini Valli January 12, 2009 at 12:11 pm

These muffins would be a perfect breakfast this morning. Instead I am having the last of the “tattie” scones mom and dad sent.Not a bad trade but muffins sweet with cranberries and pecans would be a hit!!


Browniegirl January 12, 2009 at 12:16 pm

These are just fab Jeanne….yikes! Cant believe its already almost midway into Jan…better get that tree down hehe..enjoyed seeing you mentioned on our food eds blog today xxx


Kit January 12, 2009 at 7:29 pm

They look great but I never got hold of any cranberries this year, will have to remember the recipe for nect Christmas.
Our tree came down a day late this year. We arrived back home on the 6th and couldn’t bear to rip it straight down, so defied tradition and left it up till the 7th. Now I just have to get rid of the bin bag of discarded wrapping paper, which last time sat for a whole year in the corner of the kitchen, being raided by the kids whenever they were playing presents, recycling v. clutter…


bee January 13, 2009 at 1:38 am

delicious and gorgeous!!! i’d have snuck in some booze like grand marnier in the batter. :)


Dragon January 13, 2009 at 1:50 am

These look amazing!


Bordeaux January 13, 2009 at 4:06 am

Muffins! I’m baking some tomorrow and hoping they are as impressive looking as yours. Happy 2009!


zoe / puku January 14, 2009 at 12:11 am

Jeanne, these look lovely, and also what a great idea to revisit past WTSIM recipes – I always have best intentions of trying other people’s creations out, and hardly ever get around to doing it, and certainly not blogging about it.. always a good idea to shake things up a bit!
+ happy new year :)


Kevin January 14, 2009 at 2:55 am

Those muffins look good! With he cranberries and pecans they still have that holiday feel to them.


deeba January 14, 2009 at 4:19 pm

WOW…take a look at those muffins. Great pictures too Jeanne. I read your post in a hurry & am going back to figure out whether it’s berries or beakfast you lloking for this month.


Shaun January 16, 2009 at 5:06 pm

This is a great recipe. I have baked something similar before but this one looks much better thanks.


Rosemary January 21, 2009 at 8:30 am

As a confirmed muffin addict these are going to feature soon in my kitchen.


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