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Official opinions: Ed’s Happy Thanksgiving muffin recipe and playlist

Enjoy Ed and his daughter Sofia’s “Happy Thanksgiving Good Time “Mmmmm Mmmmmm” Cranberry Orange Muffin” recipe and playlist.  Repeat tomorrow or any other mornings throughout the holiday season for maximum effect.

Ed: First off, don’t preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Recipes always tell you that, but I am a firm believer in proper baking protocol and unless you have a very large kitchen the thought of pre-sweating before you actually do any work is unnecessary.  Get the ingredients together to bake and have your assistant bakery chef pre-measure so you can sing along worry- free.

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons of BAKING POWDER (if you bake a lot, you’ll know why I put that in caps…)
  • 3/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • 1/3 cup of cooking oil
  • 1 cup of coarsely chopped cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 ripened orange
  • 3 Songs from Frank Sinatra
  • A dash of holiday music

Directions:

  1. As Frank sings, “Luck Be a Lady,” mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl.  Once combined, play “Witchcraft” as you make a “well” at the center. In a separate bowl, add egg, milk and oil. Sinatra’s version of “My Kind of Town” really sounds great when adding the liquid mixture to the “well.”  Slowly stir in the juice from that orange until batter is moistened and a bit lumpy…

    You'll shoot your eye out!

  2. Here is the real fun…chopping up those cranberries! Turn on the Ronettes’ version of “Frosty the Snowman,” take a small handful of berries and slowly chop the cranberries into rubble without taking off a finger, shaving a nail or “shooting your eye out, kid.”  Or you can just throw all of your berries into a food processor…same song applies.
  3. Time to kick off the heat as we (finally) preheat the oven to 400 degrees, Time for “Father Christmas” by the Kinks, which reminds us to have a good time on the holidays…but not without remembering those less fortunate.
  4. As “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” (recorded by Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLachlan) plays in the background prepare the muffin tin. Baking spray works best, just make sure your lovely assistant chef sprays INTO the cups!
  5. Finally, mix cranberries into batter. You do this is because A) the batter won’t discolor making for a pretty professional-looking muffin, and B) it looks really cool when they are mixed for the first time! Music? ANYTHING from “The Nutcracker.”
  6. Pouring batter into muffin cups means it’s time for “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by the Pretenders. Fill about 3/4 per cup. I usually sprinkle a small dash of sugar on each for additional flavor and looks. DO NOT listen to your assistant chef as she will tell you that you need to add rainbow sprinkles, jimmies, and 17 other assorted toppings as well.
  7. This should make a dozen if you don’t dump batter all over the place. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the tops are golden.
  8. Cool on your oven burner or cooling rack. Once muffins are slightly cooled, flip the pan over and politely tap on the back of each muffin, which should fall out if not under-sprayed.  If you over-sprayed, you find out later, trust me.
  9. Now, dramatically lift the muffin to your lips and take a bite as Handel’s “Messiah” booms around you. Unless of course you burned yourself taking them out of the oven, cut yourself with that sharp chef knife or worse, used BAKING SODA. Which song then?  “Blue Christmas.” Or anything by Celine Dion.

Listen to the Hallelujah Chorus by Handel

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Stitely Entertainment!

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