Wednesday, February 23, 2011

cranberry (crasin) and pistachio muffins (a)

As the cold war kids would say:

"something is not right with me, trying not to let it show"

I was feeling weird...i think i was feeling stressed, but its been so long since i have been stressed it was an unfamiliar feeling. i was also hungry. all i wanted to do was sit in the air con and watch tv.

but i could hear this niggling little voice in my head 'mum wants you to do some baking' yeah yeah...can do it tom (nope...working all day tom). can do it friday (nope...working fri and going out)...can do it sat...(nope)...sun (nope) and by that stage, mum would have done it herself. 

not so bad, except for the fact that my mum, who works a 40 hour week doesnt really need that...when i have time. right now.

sooo i turned the aircon off and went to bake. what, i did not know, but as soon as i pulled out a bowl and the flour i instantly felt better. why? i dont know...but i think it is a sign from God...'see alex...baking...makes you feel happy...should be your profession'. Thanks for that little pointer there. Then i got excited to take photos and write the recipe on here :) so now i feel better.

as for the muffins...well...i rummaged through the pantry and found crasins, and pistachios. considering i love wearing purple dresses and green shoes, i figured this colour combo would go great in muffins too :D :D

ok so im eating one now...and verdict = pretty damn good. would be improved with the addition of butter :D

Cranberry (crasin) and Pistachio muffins

2 c SR flour
1/2 c brown sugar (loosely packed)
1 1/4c buttermilk (or 1 1/4 c milk and juice of 1/2 lemon left to stand ~ 5 min)
1 egg
1/2 c butter melted (i think its about 50g)
1/2 c pistachios shelled
1/2 c crasins (dried cranberries)

Preheat oven to 180 celcius and prepare muffin tin.
In a large bowl, combine flour and brown sugar.
Add buttermilk, egg and butter and mix until just combined (doesnt have to be smooth).
Add pistachios and crasins and mix in.
Divide the mix between the muffin cases - about 1 tbpsn per case.
Bake for about 20 minutes (I'm just about to take mine out of the oven mmmm).

Make sure you make the mixture wet before you add the crasins otherwise the flour will stick in the folds of the crasins and its not so nice to have lumps of flour in your muffins.
These will freeze really well :)

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