I never knew before this year how much I loved cranberries. In years past, I equated them to that canned jellied cranberry sauce that got served with Thanksgiving dinner. Yuck. So, you can see how I thought that all cranberry would be equally as disgusting.
That was until I made cranberry sauce from scratch for Thanksgiving dinner this year. Oh Em Gee. SO GOOD. I just about fell out of my chair when I tasted it.
This passed weekend my husband and I stopped at two more Starbucks in Germany… Mannheim and Heidelberg. When in Heidelberg, I ordered their white chocolate cranberry muffin and was amazed at how delicious it was. The pairing of the white chocolate and cranberry went perfectly together and I decided right then that I needed to make them at home!
I started these muffins with a variation on my cranberry sauce. I didn’t make quite as much as I made when I used it for Thanksgiving and I didn’t cook it as long. Just enough to begin to break down the berries and extract the juices. I still wanted chunks of cranberry floating through my muffins… just not whole, bitter berries.