Apricot-Ginger-Cranberry Muffins


apricot-ginger-muffinsApricot and Ginger are great flavors when paired together, and you'll vouch for it yourself once you try these delicious Apricot Ginger Muffins; its like capturing the essence of summer in a muffin! Made with fresh apricots and melted butter, these muffins are very soft and moist. The shredded ginger adds the perfect amount of spice, filling your kitchen with a refreshing aroma. I decided to add a handful of craisins, because it made my muffins look prettier and taste better! A simple blend of fresh ingredients baked together, these amazingly moist and flavorful Apricot & Ginger Muffins have become one of my favorite recipes!

These are perfect breakfast muffins, and have become my preferred choice, with a cup of Ginger-Cardamom tea, so try it for yourself and see! Off these go to Aparna who's hosting BBD#12 featuring "Small Quick Breads" this time!

Ingredients
Makes 12 muffins

1-3/4 cups self-raising flour
*** use 1 cup AP and 3/4 cup wheat flour for a healthier version
3/4 cup fresh apricots - diced
*** or use one 8.5-ounce can sweetened apricot chunks - drained
1 egg
*** substitute 1/4 cup vanilla or plain yogurt for an eggless version
1 cup castor sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1-1/2 tsp ground ginger
4 tbsp dried cranberries or craisins
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup melted butter
1 tsp baking powder

Method
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and prepare muffins pans by greasing with non-stick spray.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and ginger.

Combine egg, milk, melted butter and chopped apricots in another bowl. beat a little to combine everything together. Now add this to the dry mixture just until combined. Do not over-beat. Fold in the cranberries and stir.

Spoon the mixture into the moulds and bake for 20 minutes, until the tops rise and become golden.

Let the muffins cool in the rack for 10 mins. Then gently remove then from the moulds and transfer to a wire rack to further cool for another 5-7 mins.

Serve the deliciously soft muffins with a cup of tea. The sweet apricots are balanced by the semi-sweet cranberries, and the mild taste of ginger gives them a lovely flavor. The ginger flavor will be stronger one day later, which I really liked! The melted butter gives these Apricot Ginger Muffins a soft and rich texture that's hard to ignore!

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37 comments :

Sunshinemom said...

You have described the texture so beautifully! Good recipe - I like my muffins sweet:)

Aparna said...

Fruit and muffins are an irrestible combination, Manasi. Love the ginger twist in these.

leslie said...

I can actually imagine how good these smell and taste! they look beautiful too:)

-leslie

Nags said...

i have lost count of how many muffin recipes you have in this blog and how many i have bookmarked :D

Meeta said...

yes - everything i love in a muffin apricots, cranberry and ginger!

Asha said...

Good Monday morning to ya!:))

Great combo. I don't anything too sweet, including cakes. Your's sound yum, great for breakfast!

Anitha said...

That sounds like a very unusual combination. Never thought ginger can pair with apricots & craisins.

This is definitely on my "To try out" list. Thanks Mansi for such a wonderful recipe.

Anitha

VEGETABLE PLATTER said...

lovely muffins .. the pic looks nice too

Pearlsofeast said...

Lovely combo I am trying my hands more on ginger as I started liking it now.Great one with seasonal apricots.The muffins looks very moist.

Mansi Desai said...

Nags - i've lost count too, that's why I've created a recipe index:)

thanks to everyone else for your comments! yeah, this is indeed a diff muffin recipe, but it surely is a recipe for keeps!:)

amy said...

apricot ginger and butter - I couldn't ask for more! lovely pic, by the way!

~amy

Trupti said...

yuuumyy muffins. Muffins looks very very delicious Manasi. Check my blog for surprise.

Adam said...

Can't go wrong starting off your day right with one of those. Ginger is great for digestion and helping your stomach too. It's like an added bonus on top of the deliciousness.

Vanamala said...

mmmmm looks gr8

farida said...

Muffins are always welcome in our family, especially my muffing loving daughter:) These looks great!

I have a surprise for you on my blog:)

Mona said...

Those muffins sound too delicious, been a long time since I had some muffins, will try them v soon, thnx for sharing!

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sowmya said...

they look really pretty..i simply adore your baking recipes..so many of them..hope to try all of them ...

Sophie said...

Wow! These sound so good, I could go for one of these and a hot cup of tea right now. yummy...I'm gonna save this recipe :).

Red Chillies said...

You come up with some unique combination of baking recipe, Mansi. I will try this with the eggless version.

Rachel said...

Love the combo of apricot and ginger..I once made a cake out these two..added some nuts .further went into adding chilli powder..turned out unedible..sigh!!! I'm going to try ur muffins.....looks too temtping to try :)

Raaga said...

I have to try these :-)

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

hi mansi
i liked the combination of apricot and ginger..worth trying at home..the pictures are good,too !

Roma said...

Looks amazing! Its a must-try recipe.

SMN said...

Manasi they look yummy liked the twist in the muffin but i wud love to eat it sweet..

Richa said...

wow! love 'em apricots!
those muffins look so soft n yummy, Mansi, could use one right about now :)

Alka said...

The combo sounds interesting and presentation is gr8 too
btw u have got sumthng to pick up from my site.
Hope to see u there
Cheers

Maryann said...

These must smell wonderful when baking...send some over? ;)

Anonymous said...

Never would have thought to combine these two flavors, but these muffins look scrumptious! Apricots are one of my favorite fruits too. :)

Ari (Baking and Books)

Anisheetu said...

Wow this looks good... hey dear have got an award for u on my blog award section plz collect it... :)

Manggy said...

I just had an incredibly moist cheese muffin yesterday after a long time not having a muffin... How I've missed the exquisite moistness! Your apricot-ginger muffins look excellent! We don't have fresh apricots here though :(

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I'm glad I inspired you, Mansi. These are some of my favorite muffins.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

With all these wonderful flavours I'm sure they tasted great!

Kalai said...

Another awesome muffin recipe, Mansi. Love the idea of combining apricot and ginger. Delicious! :)

african vanielje said...

Mansi these look like a delicious combo

Susan said...

What a great trio of flavors, Mansi!
I'd like one right now, but then I'd have to have another....when I should be thinking of what to cook for dinner. : )

jessie said...

this looks sooooo good!! thanks for bringing so many delectable treats to us mansi!

PS: your blog is great!!:)D

~jessie

Aparna said...

Thanks, Mansi, for sending these to BBD.:)