Thursday, October 15, 2009

Kids Cooking Thursday: Orange & Cranberry Muffins

Orange & Cranberry Muffins
1 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 cups self raising flour
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
zest of one orange
2/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup milk

Preheat the oven to 190°C.
Put the cranberries and orange juice in a small saucepan, and bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat, and set aside to cool and plump.
Line a muffin pan with paper cases. We had enough batter for 18.
Sift the flour and the salt together into a bowl. (Miss Three loves to whack the side of the sieve to make the flour come out!)
Using an electric mixer, cream the butter, orange zest, sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Make sure you scrape the sides of the bowl occasionally. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Then fold a third of the flour into the mixture, and then half of the milk, then flour, milk and flour again, until just combined.(Miss Three's favourite part of cooking is holding the measuring cup over the bowl and tipping it in when full) Don't over work it, so let your child mix first, and then finish it up yourself. Fold in the cranberries, and then divide the batter into the muffin cases. You want the case to be about 2/3s full. Cook for about 25 minutes, until golden brown.

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This was an entry for Kids Delight hosted by Spice Your Life for her first blogversary. I thought this was an apt dish to choose, because although all of my food is cooked for kids, it's only these weekly posts that have food cooked with my kids as well, a time spent together creating food (and mess) and memories.

Don't forget to think (and cook!) pink for the Virtual Night In, raising money and awareness for Breast Cancer Research.