Baked muffins are not just for dessert or treats with coffee, they can be a side dish for dinner. Cranberry Cheddar Cheese Muffins, are savory and make a great side dish for a roast beef or roast chicken or turkey or whatever your main dish is.
Serve them warm with dinner. You can try doing some variations yourself on the ingredients, you can try different cheeses or different herbs and spices. Using your imagination! But here is the basic recipe for Cranberry Cheddar Cheese Muffins.
Things You Will Need
You will need:
2 cups of flour
2/3 cups of firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2-1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
pinch of cayenne pepper
1-1/4 cups buttermilk (you can use plain milk if you prefer)
1/4 cup of melted butter
1 egg (separated)
1 cup frozen cranberries (you can also use fresh cranberries)
Heat your oven to 400 degrees F.
Grease 12 muffin cups or use the paper muffin cups
In a large bowl mix together the flour, brown sugar, cheddar cheese, baking powder, baking soda, salt, allspice, cayenne pepper.
In another bowl, mix the buttermilk, butter and egg yolk until well blended (using a whisk will make it easier)
Then in another bowl whisk the egg white until soft peaks form
In the center of the dry ingredients, pour the buttermilk mixture and then using a fork, stir just until blended, do not over blend! Then mix in the egg white and the cranberries.
Spoon this mixture into your prepared muffin cups. Fill 3/4 full, then bake for approximately 20 - 25 minutes. Use a toothpick to test whether these cranberry cheddar cheese muffins are done. The kitchen will smell divine!
Let them sit for about 5 minutes, then taking a knife around the edges, loosen them and take them out.
You can add these to a brown bagged lunch for an added surprise. You can use sharper cheddar for an added flavor. These are great savory muffins. Try these great cranberry cheddar cheese muffins at your next family dinner!
If you prefer to use self raising flour then you will not need to add the baking power or salt.
These make a great alternative to potatoes, or rice. What a great surprise at your next gathering. You may want to make a second batch, just in case. As these taste great and are very portable for picnics or bagged lunches. I keep any leftovers in the fridge, but most times there are not any left over! With the cranberries in this cranberry cheddar cheese muffin recipe, this makes a great addition to Thanksgiving or Christmas Dinner too!