Cranberry Coconut Milk Muffin Scones

Cranberry Coconut Milk Muffin Scones

Ironically, there is something intrinsically stressful about having a day off at home with nothing especially pressing to attend to. The time could be used productively, say to do some cleaning and laundry, catch up on some projects, transplant some of the plants that are exploding from their pots or perhaps tidying up a drawer or closet or two. The possibility of spending hours in the kitchen experimenting and creating tempts me, but then so do the rows of books that line my walls. I won't even mention the computer. After a few cigarettes, a quick shower and a breakfast of fried eggs, an orange, and a slice of toasted quinoa bread, consumed as I read the newspaper, the prospect of a walk in the sunshine presents itself, at least as a short diversion from deciding what I should be doing. Out I flee, my destination being the bank machine to pay some bills.

Upon return, it's too early to break out the wine, but it's too late to embark on a grand meal, or least I'm not motivated enough to bother. A quick glance at the black sleeping screen of my computer is quite enough to divert my gaze back to the kitchen, and then to the stack of books I am currently reading or meaning to. I sit down at my table with a file of recently collected recipe ideas that haven't yet made it to my more organized binders, and finally decide I'll try Alice's recipe for cranberry muffins that I printed off back in January.

I've made many a muffin in my 34 years on this planet, but never has my muffin mix turned out more like dough than a thick pancake batter. Did I err? It was perhaps a mistake to basically plop the suggested portions into the bowl with little thought. Double check recipe. I cut back on the sugar and increased the vanilla, but other than that, followed the instructions. Wait, this is more like a scone dough. Intrigued, I press on. The result was a pleasant surprise that ended up serving as a replacement for that grand dinner that never was. In fact, this is all I had for dinner. Just a few of these little savory delights.

Cranberry Coconut Milk Muffin SconesCranberry Coconut Milk Muffin Scones
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Published on May 18, 2008

Simple and tasty, not-too-sweet cranberry and coconut milk "biscuit" muffins

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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Preheat an oven to 400° and grease a standard 12-cup muffin tin.

  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir in the cranberries and make a well in the center of the mixture.

  • In another medium small bowl, lightly whisk together the coconut milk, butter, lemon zest, vanilla and egg. Add to the flour mixture and stir just to combine.

  • Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared muffin cups, pressing down the batter lightly with the back of the spoon. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack before serving.

Makes 12 muffins

Cranberry Coconut Milk Muffin Scones


Anonymous said...

And they do sound really good! I think I prefer scones to muffins, anyway. Funny how a day off seems to encourage baking among so many of us! Glad it turned out so well for you today.

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

I liked that you went for a walk while you decided! I know what you mean about having so many things to do that you don't know where to start! It is stressful :(

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I am intrigued by the coconut in these scones/muffins Lisa:D

Mike of Mike's Table said...

I know what you mean about the free time. I find my most involved recipes seem to be born during those periods (it sure beats the chores that I should be doing, lol!).

I really like the flavors you've got in these scones/muffins. I never would have thought to combine coconut and cranberry.

Johanna GGG said...

I know that sort of day only too well - but glad you got some good baking out of it - was surprised that you said these were savoury but love the idea of them for dinner! would do me just fine too

Lucy said...

I've had a day or two like that of late.

But do I bake? No. I do not.

These do look rather tempting, though.

test it comm said...

Cranberry and coconut sounds like a nice combo for a scone/muffin.

Jen said...

I would never have thought to use coconut milk in baking like this... they look great.

LisaRene said...

I would agree, that is a scone recipe. I have wondered about baking a scone in a muffin pan, now I know it will work! :)