Baking: Cakes, Cookies, Muffins: Star-Topped Cranberry Muffins

These festive cranberry muffins will be the star of your breakfast table or gift basket!

Author: Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, adapted by CalorieKing
Date: December 27, 2012

Suggestions: For a holiday gift idea, wrap the muffins in colorful cellophane wrap and ribbon! (Note: If gift includes the cranberry butter, keep chilled)

Serves: 20 person(s)
Yield: 20 x muffins

Preparation Time: 25 mins
Cooking Time: 25 mins

Ingredients:

    3/4 cup coarsely chopped cranberries
    1/3 cup chopped star fruit
    3/4 cup sugar, divided
    2 1/2 cup flour
    1/2 cup cornmeal
    1 Tbsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 cup chilled buttery spread *
    1 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk (1%)
    1 egg
    3 Tbsp thawed orange juice concentrate
    2 large star fruit, cut into 20 slices (for muffin topping)
    3/4 cup powdered sugar (for cranberry butter)
    6 Tbsp buttery spread, softened (for cranberry butter)
    4 1/2 tsp thawed orange juice (for cranberry butter)
    1/2 cup finely chopped cranberries (for cranberry butter)

Directions:

    MUFFINS: Combine cranberries and chopped star fruit with 1/4 cup sugar; set aside.

    Combine remaining sugar, flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add combined buttermilk, egg and orange juice concentrate, mixing until just moistened. Fold in cranberry mixture.

    Spoon into lightly buttered medium-sized muffin cups. Top each with one star fruit slice. Bake at 400F for 20 to 25 minutes or until light golden brown. Serve with Cranberry Butter.

    CRANBERRY BUTTER: Combine sugar, butter and orange juice concentrate, mixing until well-blended. Stir in cranberries. Chill.

Variations:

    * Original recipe calls for 1/2 cup chilled butter, cut up (butter is not included in the nutritional analysis).

Nutritional Information
(Per Serving)

Calories:173 cals
Kilojoules:721 kJ
Fat:4.2 g
Carbohydrates:31.0 g
Protein:3.1 g
Cholesterol:10.0 mg
Sodium:249 mg
Saturated Fat:1.3 g
Fiber:1.4 g
Calcium:68.0 mg
Total Sugars:15.2 g

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