The 2021 Holidays Recipe Collection
How you doin’? It’s hard not to love the flavors and the aromas of the holiday season—warm spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom), pumpkin, cherries and cranberries—that evoke fond memories of this time of year in years' past. Pumpkins and cranberries should not be relegated to pies and sauce only. Freshly baked Pumpkin-Cranberry Muffins are perfect for the holiday breakfast table.
Tens of thousands of years ago, receding glaciers carved out cavities in the land that evolved into cranberry bogs. Newly formed kettle ponds filled with sand, clay and debris formed the perfect environment for vines to spread across the South Shore, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Massachusetts was born with cranberry bogs. For two hundred years, it has been where tradition has met innovation.
While cranberries have grown in the wild for over 12,000 years, cultivation of the cranberry began in 1816, shortly after Captain Henry Hall, a Revolutionary War veteran, of Dennis, Massachusetts, noticed that the wild cranberries in his bogs grew better when sand blew over them. Captain Hall began transplanting cranberry vines and spreading sand on them which were then flooded.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Bake time: 20 minutes
Yield: 12 muffins
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup canned unsweetened pumpkin puree
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup dried, sweetened cranberries
ChefSecret: If you have the time add a crunchy topping with toasted pecans or streusel. Mix up a little streusel as a crumb topping for the muffins—flour, butter, brown sugar and chopped pecans. For a little variety, try substituting toasted pumpkin seeds or dried cherries for the cranberries.
Quip of the Day: “To all you guys out there who want their special lady to feel appreciated during the holiday season, place her photo on the counter with a sign that says, Woman of the Year!”
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To you and everyone dear to you, be strong, be positive, stay well, stay safe and be kind. Have a wonderful safe and healthy holiday. If you have a little extra in your pockets to share with others at this difficult time, please consider donating to Feeding America.
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