Monday, January 26, 2015

Double Berry & Almond Tea Muffins


I think I see a pattern here. On Sunday afternoons, I like to make a sweet treat to enjoy while watching "Downton Abbey" later in the evening. This week, I saw I had an extra bag of cranberries left over from holiday baking, so I looked online for a simple cranberry muffin recipe. I found one from Ocean Spray here, and I liked the fact it included blueberries as well.

But naturally I ended up tweaking the recipe a bit. I used fresh cranberries instead of dried, I flavored the milk with a berry-flavored tea, and I added slivered almonds. The result was exactly what I was hoping for, and it couldn't have been any easier to whip up. I think even Mrs. Patmore would be pleased with the delicious results!


Double Berry & Almond Tea Muffins

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup + 2 teaspoons sugar, divided use
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 berry flavor tea bags (I used Celestial Seasonings' Cranberry Vanilla Wonderland)
1 egg
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup fresh cranberries, chopped in half
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/4 cup slivered almonds

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and spray a 12-cup muffin tin with baking spray.

In a mixing bowl, combine flour, 1/2 cup of the sugar, baking powder and salt. Heat milk for 2 minutes in microwave (or boil on stovetop), add berry flavor tea bags, and steep for 5 minutes. Discard tea bags, then combine egg, milk and oil in small bowl. Add liquid to dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. Add cranberries, blueberries and almonds. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full and sprinkle with remaining 2 teaspoons sugar. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until brown around the edges. Yields 12 muffins.

19 comments:

  1. Yum! Those sound SO delicious. Wish I had time to make some this morning.

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  2. The muffin looks so delicious, but what really caught my eye is your beautiful tea cup/tray set.

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  3. Awesome! 2 of my very favorites..blueberries and almonds! I'm keeping That recipe! And love your buffet/tea & toast set!
    Ruth

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  4. The muffins look delicious! I will have to try your recipe as I like all the ingredients! The tea cup and plate set is really beautiful!

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  5. I, too, love your teacup & plate! Muffin looks like a must-try recipe - thanks very much for sharing! Downton was interesting last night.....formal dinner with outbursts.. not allowed!

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  6. I would never have thought of flavoring the milk. Angela, you are a genius! Thanks.

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  7. Sounds so yummy! I'll plan on baking some for next Sunday evening's Downton Abbey. Oh, and wasn't the preview of Mr. Selfridge good? The Downton Abbey season is so short, Mr. Selfridge will extend the British dramas, always so well done. Loved the tea cup set, just lovely.

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  8. Yum! I once made a cranberry sauce that contained both cranberries and blueberries. Anything berry is good in my book.

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  9. Oh yum!

    My DA snack has always been popcorn. I lean towards salt cravings more than sugar cravings, but who am I kidding???? I like sweets too haha.

    I am having my tea society gal pals on the 7th and 8th of Feb - may have to whip some of these up, your "tweaking" makes it sound like something I absolutely must try. Love your recommendations. Thank you for sharing that - and showing it with such a pretty snack tray. That is so pretty.

    I did a rose teacups post before my wintery one, hope you caught it. I know you love All Things Tea!

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    1. Sorry, I wasn't looking well enough at my above comment, and couldn't even tell what I typed half the time and hit send lol. Gobbedy gook typist for the win! HAHA!

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    2. Sorry, I wasn't looking well enough at my above comment, and couldn't even tell what I typed half the time and hit send lol. Gobbedy gook typist for the win! HAHA!

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  11. Oh yum!

    My DA snack has always been popcorn. I lean towards salt cravings more than sugar cravings, but who am I kidding???? I like sweets too haha.

    I am having my tea society gal pals on the 7th and 8th of Feb - may have to whip some of these up, your "tweaking" makes it sound like something I absolutely must try. Love your recommendations. Thank you for sharing that - and showing it with such a pretty snack tray. That is so pretty.

    Angela, what you said on my teacup post has got to be one of the finest compliments I have ever received in my life. My goodness you are a dear heart. Thank you so much - you are the sweetest lady.

    Tell me, would you ever EVER wanna visit your Yankee friend for a tea party sometime?

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  12. Oh yum!

    My DA snack has always been popcorn. I lean towards salt cravings more than sugar cravings, but who am I kidding???? I like sweets too haha.

    I am having my tea society gal pals on the 7th and 8th of Feb - may have to whip some of these up, your "tweaking" makes it sound like something I absolutely must try. Love your recommendations. Thank you for sharing that - and showing it with such a pretty snack tray. That is so pretty.

    Angela, what you said on my teacup post has got to be one of the finest compliments I have ever received in my life. My goodness you are a dear heart. Thank you so much - you are the sweetest lady.

    Tell me, would you ever EVER wanna visit your Yankee friend for a tea party sometime?

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  13. Your muffins look delicious and I love both cranberries and blueberries in baking. The next episode of DA I'll be watching in toasty warm Florida, far from my cold and snowy home. Yay!

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  14. OK, now you have done it. I have been wanting something like this to go with my tea,
    but with recuperation I haven't done any baking. Now I am wondering if I could interest
    my husband in doing some baking soon.

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  15. Yum! The muffins look mouth wateringly delicious, and perfect for eating while sipping tea and watching Downton Abbey. They make a pretty picture too.

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  16. Yum! The muffins look mouth wateringly delicious, and perfect for eating while sipping tea and watching Downton Abbey. They make a pretty picture too.

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