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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving to you!

muffins on vintage hotel silver tray from the Belmont New York

This is the best recipe and I wanted to share it with you!
It is the ultimate taste of Fall. Sweet with a burst of tart from the cranberries!
I've been making this recipe for about seven years now. I believe it was from a cooking magazine, but I have tweaked it along the way.
I've made it several times over the last couple of months, each time sharing some with neighbors who have both commented "they were the best muffins I've ever had!"

Pumpkin Cranberry Pecan Muffins/Bread
(this recipe makes 4 dozen muffins or two 9 x5 loaves)

dry ingredients:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1-1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
3/8 teaspoon ground cloves (3/8 t. is = to a slightly rounded 1/4 t.)
2 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

wet ingredients:
2-1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs
1 can 100% pumpkin (15oz.)  I use Organic
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice and
zest of one orange

3 cups cranberries (if using frozen cranberries, add frozen directly to mixture)
2 cups chopped Pecans (I use a large chop, as opposed to fine)

Preheat oven to 350.
 Line muffin pans with cupcake liners. OR butter two 9 x 5 inch loaf pans
Blend dry ingredients. Set aside.
Creme sugar and butter, then add oil.
Add eggs (one at a time), orange juice, and pumpkin.
Add dry ingredients to wet, blending until just moist.
Fold in cranberries and pecans.
I fill a large ice cream scoop HERE to level, then place in the cupcake liners to make filling easy.
25 or 30 minutes for muffins, OR 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour 25 minutes for loaves (or when cake tester comes out clean.)



Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. What a wonderful recipe to whip up for house guests when they wake up in the morning. I will have to try this. Sounds scrumptious! Thanks for sharing.:)


  2. These sound fabuous Joan. I think I may have to try these this week. Thank you for sharing and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family from your Southern friend.


  3. Forgot to mention that they look soooooooo pretty on your hotel silver tray.


  4. They sound wonderful...even better presented on such a lovely silver platter!
    Hope you have a very wonderful Thanksgiving!

    You outdid yourself with your new header - the photo is gorgeous!

  5. Hi Joan and Dan,

    You've outdone yourselves!! Not only have you been making the best ever muffins, but your blog is looking truly lovely. Job well done on both fronts!! Thanks for sharing. I will have to get busy and make these.
    Take care
    Tasmania, Australia

  6. Thank you so much for the recipe; 2 of my favorite things together! I truely enjoy following you your blog. My husband and I have been renovating/remodeling a 100 year old Prairie Four Square in east central Minnesota. I just finish redoing the dining room wood floors in time for Thanksgiving! Thank you for such an inspirational blog; I always look forward to your posts. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

  7. Hi Joan,
    They sound sooooo very delicious! And what a beautiful presentation on the silver tray. Look forward to trying them! It's the perfect time of year to enjoy all their delicious ingredients.
    X Trina

  8. Those muffins sound yummy and I think I'll even give them a try tomorrow morning. Love your new header too! I hope you, Dan and Ella have a fabulous Thanksgiving Day!

  9. OMG - my 2 all-time favourite things, pumpkin and cranberries! I'll definitely be making these!!

  10. Hi Joan

    Thanks for the recipe. The muffins sound delicious and just in time for holiday baking. My daughter is home from college and loves to cook non stop when she is here. I will be printing the recipe for her right away. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Ann

  11. These sound delicious, I've been looking for a new recipe to try! What a beautiful banner picture, it's new I think, love the filtered autumn sunlight.
    Happy Thanksgiving
    My French Country Home

  12. hi joan,

    love your new header. it is a perfect reflection of you. have a wonderful thanksgiving tomorrow. i'm so grateful that we have cyber-met!


  13. Hi Joan,

    I love your blog and your gorgeous home. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I'm going to make them for friends next week. Happy Thanksgiving!


  14. Thank you for such a lovely Holiday gift to all your readers! Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  15. ...Ahhhh. I can smell them all the way down here!

  16. Thanks! I DID make your bread Wednesday night and gave a loaf as a gift, it was great, the cranberries add so much pop to the recipe. This is a keeper for sure! Rose in Illinois

  17. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    Rose- thank you so much for letting me know that you made the bread/muffins! I'm so happy to hear that you liked them!


  18. Joan,
    Just found your blog, it's lovely! Am your newest follower and will be checking in often.
    Would love for you to visit me at

  19. Joan,
    I have loads of reading on your blog to catch up....your blog is great and I'm lovin' your house! And since we're both native San Antonians and Texans , we're family!

    Happy Thanksgiving weekend to you!!

  20. oh, and thanks soooo much for stopping by on my blog today....i always appreciate my readers so very much!!!

  21. Would love to get your recipe for the iced oatmeal cookies you mentioned in the past (your bribe for getting painters to the house on a Sunday!)

  22. These look delicious! I'll have to see if I can make them gluten-free...

  23. I can't wait for fall to get here now so I can make some of these!

  24. What a surprise: I went to your blog just yesterday hoping you had updated,and I'd just missed it. So I was thrilled to have it in my email today! I have not used Instagram yet as I don't need anymore internet addictions (all legal by the way!),so I haven't kept up with you there. I enjoy your blog so very much and love seeing your home and the region around you. Your fall is beautiful for sure and can't wait to see pictures of the farmhouse.


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