Friday, December 6, 2013

Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins

I've been trying to bake the perfect muffin texture that is soft, light, moist and not crumbly. And also it must have a beautiful mushroom-shaped top. I have been experimenting with different flour proportion, liquid to flour proportion, leavening agent to flour proportion, using butter or corn oil and eggs to flour proportion. And temperature control too. I must say I have made some headway this time. Pretty satisfied with the look and texture.

Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins

70g plain flour
30g cake four
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1 large egg at room temperature
44g caster sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
45g unsalted butter, melted
*80g buttermilk

Handful of dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds

* You can make your own buttermilk by adding 1 tsp of white vinegar or lemon juice into a cup of fresh milk that fills up to 1 cup (240ml). Leave it to stand for 5 minutes.

Pre-heat oven at 200 degree celsius.
Line a 6-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners

  1. Sift the 2 flours, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl.
  2. In another bigger mixing bowl, beat the egg and caster sugar until creamy. Add in the vanilla extract, cooled coffee mixture, melted butter and buttermilk. Mix well.
  3. Add the flour mixture into the egg mixture above. Using a rubber spatula, mix until all the ingredients are just incorporated. Add in the dried cranberries and mix gently. Do not overmix or you will end up with tough muffins.
  4. Scoop the dough into each cupcake liner, filling it up to the brim.
  5. Sprinkle each muffin with pumpkin seeds.
  6. Bake at 200 degree celsius for the first 5 minutes. Reduce temperature to 180 degree celsius and bake for the next 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the muffin comes out clean.
  7. Remove from oven and leave them to cool on wire racks.
Makes about 5 large muffins


Juliana said...

Your muffins are super pretty. I have gone through so many muffin pictures and recipes and I must say, your hard work has paid off. Well done!

Joyce said...

Juliana, thank you for your beautiful comments. Hope you will enjoy baking it. Happy browsing.

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