Cranberry Eggnog Streusel Muffins

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I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!  Mr. Meat Eater and I went to Richmond to have Thanksgiving with our daughter and her boyfriend.  My daughter cooked her first Thanksgiving dinner and it was FANTASTIC!!!   I am happy to pass the torch!  We missed having our son with us to enjoy the meal but he had dinner at Disney World so we were all jealous.

Here are some pictures:

And this is how we felt when our turkey comas set in:

On to the recipe…this muffin recipe is fantastic!  I found it in the December issue of the Food Network magazine and it’s a keeper.

Now, I would do a few things differently when I make them again.  First of all, this recipe makes way too much streusel.  I like streusel as much as the next person but really I could have gotten away with about 1/4 to 1/3 of the amount of streusel.  I hate wasted ingredients and that’s what I felt about this streusel.  I think I could get away with using less butter in the streusel, too.  I made the full recipe and 1  1/2 sticks are just too much.  Butter is too expensive to waste it.  The rest of the recipe worked OK and the outcome is delish!

Cranberry Eggnog Streusel Muffins

Muffins:
1 cup dried cranberries, rough chop
1/2 cup rum
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tsps baking powder
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick butter, melted
1 1/2 cups eggnog
2 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla

Streusel (Full recipe so cut it down if you want):
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsps cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 sticks butter, melted
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar

Preheat oven to 375º. Grease a 12 cup muffin pan with cooking spray.

In a small saucepan, mix the rum and the chopped cranberries. Bring to a simmer, remove from heat and let steep for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, brown sugar and salt.

In another medium bowl, mix together the melted butter, eggnog, eggs and vanilla. Fold dry ingredient mixture into wet mixture. Batter will be lumpy. Do not overmix. Fold in the cranberries.

Scoop batter evenly into prepared pan ~ I use an ice cream scoop.

For the streusel, mix all ingredients together until it looks like lumpy, wet sand. Sprinkle with fingers over the tops of the muffins.

Bake for 30 minutes or until golden. Test with a toothpick before removing from oven. Cool in pan for a few minutes then carefully remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.

Makes 12 muffins.

Happy Cooking!

Eggnog Quick Bread with Rum Glaze

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This is a great recipe for the holidays.  Don’t skip the glaze because it really adds to the bread and it would be boring without it.  I ran out of spiced rum (oh the horror!) so I used rum flavoring and it worked great. The recipes makes two loaves ~ one to keep and one to give away!

Eggnog Quick Bread with Rum Glaze

3 cups flour
1 1/2 tsps baking powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 3/4 cups sugar
4 eggs, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup eggnog, room temperature

Glaze:
1 cup sifted confectioner’s sugar
2 – 3 tbsps eggnog
1 tbsp spiced rum
1/8 tsp nutmeg

Preheat oven to 325º.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, 1/2 tsp nutmeg and the salt in a medium bowl.

Cream the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add eggs, one at a time beating well after each. Add the vanilla and mix well. Add the flour mixture alternately with the eggnog and beat until smooth.

Spray two 8×4 loaf pans with cooking spray. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake for 55 – 60 minutes or until a pick inserted in teh middle comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes then remove bread from pans and cool completely.

For the glaze, combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until smooth. Pour over cooled bread.

Makes 2 loaves.

Happy Cooking!