This recipe really takes me back. Once upon a time, there were small 25 to 30 page cookbooks at every grocery check out. I’m fairly sure Mom and Julie bought every one. The cookbooks would focus on a specific subject like all the Pillsbury Bake-off winners for that year. This recipe came from one of those. When I originally made it, the recipe called for a bundt pan. The trouble with that is leftovers. We don’t get the company we used to. I find it much easier to freeze a muffin than 3/4 of a bundt pan.
This is from one of mom’s books. She wrote ‘fantastic’ next to the recipe. I have to agree with her. The orange is subtle. The cranberry is sharp. The apple adds mellowness. It’s refreshing and not at all heavy as muffins can be. I wish I’d kept more of the books. Like the mid-west church books, these come from a simpler past and have a wealth of good ideas in them.
- 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 3-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 2 to 3 teaspoons grated orange zest
- 2 cups coarsely chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1 large apple, peeled and chopped
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugars, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Whisk the egg, milk, orange juice, oil and orange zest; stir into dry ingredients just until blended. Fold in the cranberries and apple.
- Pour into two greased 8 x 4-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
* From the Recipe Box:
I did not peel my apple. As if!!!!
I wanted a streusel top, so I mixed up 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup flour and 3 tablespoons butter until crumbly and sprinkled it over the top. I wish I’d added pecans as well.
I baked my dough in muffin pans. Optimally, this would have made 14 or 15 muffins, but I only have one muffin pan. Bummer. Next time I’ll make 6 muffins and one loaf.
I didn’t use to be a messy cook, but this is my total prep space. I do have a great view though.
And yes, that is one half of a Death Star bowl. I’m cool, I own both halves. Eat your heart out.
and remember: I am only responsible for what I say, not for what you understand. Big kiss, Lynn