Living in cranberry country, as i do, it’s a familiar thing during this season to see wheelbarrows on the side of the road piled high with cranberries from a bog right through the bushes. There’s always brown paper bags and a scoop with a hastily made sign with a price and a bucket for your honor system payment. It’s kind of awesome, slightly hillbilly and extremely accessible. And to make things better (or worse) Oceanspray is just a couple towns over. Anyway, cranberries are in abundance.
Tonight Zara really wanted to make muffins- and I looked to my freezer full of brown bagged cranberries, and my garden that still has fantastic looking herbs.
I have to say- it was adorable, as of late I’ve been trying to let Z do most of the food prep. More on that in a minute.
This is what you need;
6 tbsp melted (then slightly cooled) butter
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
1 cup light brown sugar
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 tea salt
1 1/2 tea baking powder
1 cup cranberries chopped
3 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed for use
Preheat oven to 350 F
In a standing mixer add sugar, butter and slowly beat to cream, while creaming add milk and egg until mixed completely. As I mentioned above, I let Z help me measure and then pour in all the wet ingredients.
Next, mix flour, salt and baking soda in a separate bowl. Add to wet mixture in thirds until fully incorporated.
Add chopped cranberries and thyme leaves and gently fold in.
Using a 18 cup muffin tin with liners add muffin mixture 2/3 full. When doing something that could get slightly messy with your child, try to encourage them, mess or not to help. If they are asking to help then they truly want to learn (and really, how many more years are they going to look to us for guidance before they hit their mid 20’s?) there will be mess BUT if a little bit of mess gives them confidence in food and cooking then your breakfasts in bed will be phenomenal in a couple of years (maybe).
Bake for 20 minutes or when pronged with a fork they come our clean.
These muffins are tart and subtly sweet. Perfect with a mug of tea at night or with your coffee in the morning!