Disclosure: thanks to the Cranberry Marketing Committee for sponsoring this post for cranberry French toast muffins. All thoughts and the sharing of the love of cranberries remain my own.
So I have a lot of exciting things to tell you about today. I think you might first need to turn the oven on and get yourself the ingredients for these cranberry French toast muffins so that you have something to nibble on while you read, as otherwise you might get a bit hungry. I can assure you, they’re really good and very easy to make too.
These cranberry French toast muffins are also a bit of a clue on what I want to talk to you about. Cranberries!
In case you couldn’t tell from previous years, I love cooking with cranberries in all their forms. I have made everything from cranberry, chestnut and quinoa stuffed squash and cranberry-pomegranate-filled shortbread spiral cookies to cranberry and ginger cordial and even cranberry gin. Of course, one of the classic ways to enjoy cranberries is alongside your Thanksgiving meal as sauce/relish, like my healthier cranberry sauce.
But how about also enjoying them as part of a Friendsgiving? For people like us who don’t have family around, or just because, Friendsgiving is a great excuse to get together with friends this time of year. Why not build cranberries into your menu, and if you do, you can enter a fun contest from the Cranberry Marketing Committee to win a $500 category or regional prize. You can also use this handy guide for ideas on recipes and even decoration with fresh cranberries.
I’ve been lucky enough to go to the cranberry harvest in Cape Cod a few times. Not only did we manage to pick up fresh cranberries straight from the source, but seeing the cranberry fields being flooded is a beautiful thing. The boys had such fun this year and my eldest was even tempted away from his beloved apple juice to cranberry juice.
Of course, I know not everyone will be able to visit a harvest. However, you’ll find fresh cranberries in store now, and frozen are available year round. Plus dried cranberries make a great snack, and are used in these tasty cranberry French toast muffins.
You’ll also be able to get lots more inspiration next week as we’re going to be talking cranberries all week long! I’m excited to not just be taking part in #CranberryWeek but to be hosting. There are over 50 great recipes coming, so be sure to follow #CranberryWeek all week long. Then once you get creating with cranberries yourself, share your creations tagged with #FriendsgivingCranberryContest and upload them to the CranberryFriendsgiving site for your chance to win. And of course, enjoy your cranberries!
Hungry yet? As I said, if you didn’t make these cranberry French toast muffins before you started, you might need to now. They’re really easy to make and are great as a grab-and-go breakfast or snack. Plus they’d make a great brunch treat if you are hosting guests, being so easy to eat. Try them and you’ll see what I mean.
Great to prepare ahead, or quickly make up in the morning for a grab-and-go breakfast or snack.
- 2 slices bread approx, depending on size of slices
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk 120ml
- 1/4 cup cream 60ml light/heavy, single/cream as you prefer
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 dash ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp brown sugar divided
- 4 tbsp dried cranberries divided
Preheat oven to 375F/190C and lightly grease or line 6 muffin tins.
Remove the crusts from the bread and cut into cubes.
Whisk together the eggs, milk, cream, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla and 1/2tbsp sugar. Add the cubes of bread and press them down to ensure all are covered and soak up the egg-mix. Add 3tbsp of cranberries.
Spoon the soaked bread and cranberries into the muffin tins, trying to divide the cranberries and bread evenly. Pour over any extra egg-mix. Top with the extra 1tbsp dried cranberries and 1/2 tbsp sugar.
Bake for approx 25 minutes until the tops are lightly browned the egg mixture has set (it will puff up then reduce as it cools).
Best enjoyed warm but also work at room temperature.
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