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Ginger Cranberry Muffins

It’s definitely time to bake muffins, if only to warm up the kitchen. I always leave the oven door open after I bake to use the leftover heat – after all, I already paid for it.  I have cranberries in the freezer left from last holiday season.  I need to use them up, even though I’m probably just going to put more bags in the freezer from this year’s crop.  You only seem to find them in the store during the holiday season.

This recipe is originally from Coconut and Lime, I just lightened them up a bit so I can eat them for lunch or as an evening snack.  They were prettier than expected, with the red cranberries poking through the dough. I opted to bake them in paper liners, because I thought the cranberries might stick to the pan.  I have to say that my first bite of the muffin was a little disappointing, a trifle bitter.  But then I ate a bit more and it was really a pleasantly unexpected combination of flavors, with the ginger giving the muffin a little bite in contrast to the tart cranberries.

Cranberry Ginger Muffins
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 Tablespoon canola oil
3 Tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup egg substitute
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 1/4 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries (if you use frozen berries like I did, just rinse them under cold water, don’t defrost them)
1/3 cup chopped candied ginger, preferably uncrystallized

Preheat oven to 350. Line or grease and flour a 12 well muffin pan. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix together the oatmeal, egg substitute, oil, applesauce, buttermilk, and sugar. Spoon flour into measuring cups. Add the flour, salt and baking soda to the liquid mix. Stir until thoroughly moistened. Fold in the cranberries and ginger chunks. If you are using frozen cranberries, make sure that frozen clumps of berries are broken up in the batter. Divide the batter evenly among 12 muffin cups. Bake 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a center muffin comes out clean.  Cool on wire rack. Makes 12 servings at about 2 grams of fat/serving.

ginger cranberry muffin

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Orange-Ginger Glazed Cornish Hens

I came across a bag of these in the freezer and decided to have them for dinner.  They were as good as leftovers as they were when I first made them for a buffet. Cornish hens are ideal for a buffet dinner because a quarter of a hen make a nice small serving if guests are filling their plates and don’t want to take a big portion, such as a chicken breast.  They can always go back for more.

These hens have a slightly warm, but not spicy taste from the ginger. The original recipe, from Cooking Light, showed them as rather pale, but mine became nicely brown.  They don’t really have a sauce with them.  This is the dish I made the famous Jezebel Sauce for…but they are fine without any sauce at all, which is how I had them for dinner tonight.

Orange-Ginger Glazed Cornish Hens

¾ cup fresh orange juice (about 3 oranges)
2 Tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
1 Tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
2 Tablespoons honey
1 Tablespoon water
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 (1 1/2-pound) Cornish hens, skinned and quartered
Cooking spray
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground ginger

Preheat oven to 475°.  Line a jelly roll pan or large cookie sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.

Combine first 4 ingredients in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Combine water and cornstarch in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add to juice mixture in pan, stirring with a whisk. Cook 2 minutes or until thick and glossy, stirring constantly.

Place hen halves, meaty sides up, on prepared pan; sprinkle hen halves with salt and ground ginger. Spoon juice mixture evenly over hen halves. Bake at 475° for 25 minutes or until a meat thermometer registers 180° when inserted in a thigh. Makes 4 servings (serving size is 2 pieces) at 4 grams of fat/serving.

Passover cornish hens

Lemon-Ginger Muffins

The snow is finally melting!  I can see parts of my truck and driveway.  For three mornings in a row, I did not have to shovel snow!!  What will I do with all the free time.

Obviously, I’ll cook.  I bake muffins about once a week.  They go in my lunch bag and make a great late night snack.  I occasionally (today) eat a muffin and fruit for breakfast.  These muffins are a little different because they are made with fresh ginger, which gives them a little bite.  They are not dark brown, like most gingery baked goods.    I did not have to alter the original recipe from Cooking Light, because they were already quite low fat.

Lemon-Ginger Muffins

1 cup sugar, divided
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ cup chopped peeled fresh ginger (yes, I’m lazy; I use the fresh chopped ginger from the jar)
1 Tablespoon grated lemon zest (the outer yellow layer of the lemon skin)
2 cups plus two Tablespoons all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup low fat buttermilk
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1Tablespoon canola oil
1 large egg
1 large egg white
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 375.  Spray 12 muffin cups with cooking spray.  Combine 1 tablespoon of the sugar, ground ginger, and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Set aside.

Combine fresh ginger, sugar, and lemon zest in a medium bowl.  Whisk together and set aside (if you are using whole ginger, you will need to grind this mix together in a food processor until finely minced, but since I am lazy I skipped this step by using the prepared ginger.)

Combine remaining sugar, flour, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Make an indentation in the center of the flour mixture.  Combine the ginger mixture, buttermilk, applesauce, oil, egg and egg white; stir well with a whisk.  Add to the flour mixture, stirring until just moist.

Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle ¼ teaspoon cinnamon mixture over each muffin.  Bake at 375 for 20 minutes or until golden.  Remove from pans immediately and cool on a wire rack.  Makes 12 muffins at about 2 grams of fat/muffin.

Note: The originally recipe called for prune butter as the fat replacement, but this product has essentially disappeared from local groceries.  I think applesauce made a good replacement, but if you have prune butter you could use it.

Variation:  I didn’t have blueberries in the house, but I think that these would be very good with a cup of blueberries in the batter.

lemon-ginger-muffins


ABOUT KAREN

I have lost 200 pounds. I did not do it through surgery – I don’t like knives and needles – or by joining a club, vigorous exercise, or rigorous dieting. I did it by gourmet cooking. To be precise, by cooking low fat, really delicious food. I love to cook as much as I love to eat. Food magazines are some of my favorite reading. I would feel deprived if I couldn’t have the sensuous experience of good food crossing my lips. This blog is about my perpetual feast, my passionate love of food, with recipes, photos, and occasional advice and principles that I have learned along the way.

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