Savoury side dish: homemade cranberry cheddar muffins

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Savoury side dish: homemade cranberry cheddar muffins

Cranberry cheddar muffins

What you need:

Makes 12 muffins

  • 500 g (2 c) all-purpose flour
  • 150 g (2/3 c) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 125 g (1/2 c) finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 12 ml (2 1/2 tsp) baking powder
  • 2  ml (1/2 tsp) baking soda
  • 60 ml (4 tbsp) teaspoon salt
  • 1 ml (1/4 tsp) ground allspice
  • 0.5 ml (1/8 tsp) ground cayenne pepper
  • 300 ml (1 1/4 c) buttermilk
  • 50 g (1/4 c or 1/2 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 250 g (1 c) washed fresh or frozen cranberries (unthawed)What to do:

    1. Preheat the oven to 205°C (400°F). Lightly grease or insert paper baking cups into 12 six centimetre (2 1/2 inch) muffin cups.

    2. In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients and whisk until well blended.

    3. In a small bowl, combine the buttermilk, butter and egg yolk and whisk until well blended. In a separate small bowl, beat the egg white until soft peaks form.

    4. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the well and, using a fork, stir just until all the ingredients are blended; do not overmix. Fold in the egg white and the cranberries.

    5. Spoon the muffin batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each 3/4 full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in a muffin comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Remove the pan to a wire rack and let the muffins cool for five minutes. Using a knife, loosen the edges of each muffin from the sides of the cup, and turn out the muffins.

Muffins are not just for breakfast

  • Savoury muffins are made to go with lunch and dinner.
  • Try adding other herbs, cheeses, meats, and such to a muffin recipe to make a striking side for grilled meats, poultry, or seafood.
  • Sweet muffins, on the other hand, are a toothsome treat anytime you serve them.
  • They make a marvellous beginning to any day, a welcome addition to a brunch buffet, a comforting classic with afternoon tea.
  • Either type is fresher, tastier, and cheaper when homemade.

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