Mom's Orange-Cranberry Bread (I made muffins)
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cup brown sugar
The process is simple. Mix together your dry ingredients in one large bowl (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, spices, etc.) In a separate larger bowl, whisk your eggs, and then add the orange juice, orange peel, melted butter, and hot water. Mix until just combined (i.e., don't overdo it.) Fold in the cranberries and walnuts.
Keep in mind that these are muffins, and not cupcakes, so the batter will be thicker. This is how it is supposed to be. Muffins are much denser than cupcakes. The only reason I'm mentioning this is that when I first started making these the thickness of the batter made me worry that they would turn out weird. Luckily the ingredients work their magic and the turn out beautifully.
Honestly, I didn't time these, so I can't really give you an exact time. I would say it probably took about 30 minutes. Check at 20 minutes. Use a toothpick, or if you're like me, a butter knife (I really need to get the essentials so I can stop improvising.) It will come out clean when it's done. They should be a golden brown on top.
Let the muffins sit for about 5 minutes, and then move to a cooling rack. Once cool, add the eggnog glaze I've provided below.