Saturday, September 10, 2016

Totoro Family Recipes: Cranberry Orange Muffins

I must admit, I am more a fan of cranberry for the holidays than any other members of the Totoro family.

I really like this particular recipe book because it gives a basic muffin mix that can be used in a variety of different ways - savory as well as sweet.

The quick mix recipe yields enough for several batches of muffins, but it can keep up to two months in the refrigerator. A perfect on-hand starter for unexpected holiday company.

Quick Mix Recipe:
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup powdered buttermilk
  • 1.5 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter
Directions for Quick Mix:
  1. Blend flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt and powdered buttermilk in a large bowl.
  2. Cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles course cornmeal.
  3. Store mixture in a tightly covered bowl in refrigerator (up to 2 months) or freezer (up to 4 months).
Cranberry Orange Muffins
  • 4 cups Quick Mix
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon orange rind
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (I prefer pecans)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 can (8 ounces) whole cranberry sauce
  1. Stir together Quick Mix, sugar, grated orange rind, and chopped nuts.
  2. Mix eggs, orange juice, and cranberry sauce together well.
  3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Stir until moistened.
  4. Fill greased mini-muffin tins about 2/3 full.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees approximately 15-18 minutes or until golden brown
For a bit of added decoration... I often sprinkle course sugar on top before baking.

This post is part of BethFishRead's Weekend Cooking Link-Up. For more delicious recipes, please visit her weekly blog feature.


  1. Cranberry and orange together are my favorites, thanks for sharing this.

  2. What an awesome idea to keep a homemade baking mix on hand. I agree, you never know during the fall and the holidays when someone will just stop by or you are invited out and want to bring a treat. Love!

  3. Cranberry and Orange is my favorite flavor combination as the weather starts getting cooler! I love the idea of having a homemade quick mix ready to go!

  4. Love the cranberry orange combo. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. I think I'd like this recipe. I know my husband would have, he loved cranberries!

  6. Cranberries are one of my favorites too. Love them in chocolate cake! In chutney too. And like you, in muffins. I'm surprised that the mixture with butter in it lasts so well, even refrigerated.

    best... mae at

  7. I'm so glad this recipe is well-received :) Cooler temps will be here before we know it!

  8. Cranberry and orange - fab together. Have a great week. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

  9. This quick mix idea is fantastic!

  10. Perfect for fall! I do love the cranberry and orange combination.

  11. I always enjoy trying new muffin ideas, and these sound really good.


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