Cranberry Fig Muffins

Cranberry Fig Muffins

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I love serving muffins to my family, especially during the holidays or for a special brunch. These Cranberry Fig Muffins are perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

They are filled with cranberries, dried figs, warm spices, and English walnuts. They do well in the freezer. Plus, they make great food gifts.

Ingredients Needed to Make Cranberry Fig Muffins

  • all-purpose flour
  • brown sugar
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • ground cinnamon
  • ginger
  • whole milk
  • large egg
  • butter
  • fresh or frozen cranberries
  • dried figs
  • English walnuts

Instructions for Making This Recipe

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Gather your equipment and ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners. (This is optional, but nice for serving.)

You may spray your muffin tin with baking spray, but I prefer to use cupcake liners for easy release and less mess. If you use a spray, I highly recommend Baker’s Joy, which is has flour mixed into the cooking oil.

Using a food processor, chop the cranberries (either fresh or frozen). With a knife and cutting board, chop the dried figs.

Using a nut chopper, coarsely chop the English walnuts. Set aside until ready to use.

In a large batter bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon and ground ginger.

Create a well in the center and add the whole milk, large egg, and melted butter. Stir just to combine.

With a rubber spatula, fold in chopped cranberries, chopped dried figs, and coarsely chopped English walnuts.

When making muffins, always mix your ingredients lightly with a batter whisk or fork. Just to combine. Then fold in fruit and nuts with a rubber spatula. Overmixing may result in what’s known in the baking world as “cone heads.” And we wouldn’t want that!

Spoon into prepared paper liners, filling each almost to the top. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until brown.

To spoon your muffin mix into the pan, you may use a large spoon, a measuring cup, or a cookie scoop. It also helps to spray your cup or scoop with baking spray for a better release of the batter.

This recipe will make 12 muffins.

Weekend Brunch Casserole

Try pairing Cranberry Fig Muffins with your favorite breakfast casserole, or with one of my recipes here: Weekend Brunch Casserole, Ham and Hash Brown Egg Casserole.

See more Breakfast Ideas Here. 

Cranberry Fig Muffins

Cranberry Fig Muffins

I love serving muffins to my family, especially during the holidays or for a special brunch. These Cranberry Fig Muffins are perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas. They are filled with cranberries, dried figs, warm spices, and English walnuts. They do well in the freezer. Plus, they make great food gifts.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cranberry, Fig, Muffins, Nuts, Quick Breads
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12 muffins

Equipment

Cuisinart Food Processor
Nut Chopper
Cookie Scoop
Muffin Pan

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 3/4 cup chopped cranberries fresh or frozen
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried figs
  • 1/2 cup chopped English walnuts

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Gather your equipment and ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners. (This is optional, but nice for serving.)
  • Using a food processor, chop the cranberries (either fresh or frozen).
    With a knife and cutting board, chop the dried figs.
    Using a nut chopper, coarsely chop the English walnuts. Set aside until ready to use.
  • In a large batter bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon and ground ginger.
  • Create a well in the center and add the whole milk, large egg, and melted butter. Stir just to combine.
  • With a rubber spatula, fold in chopped cranberries, chopped dried figs, and coarsely chopped English walnuts.
  • Spoon into prepared paper liners, filling each almost to the top. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until brown. Makes 12 muffins.

Notes

*Unless otherwise indicated, all butter used on this recipe site is salted. 
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