When Jesse and I were in Amsterdam this past summer, we found a fabulous little café that served the best breakfasts. It was a lovely place on the corner of a busy street close to where we were staying with our two fabulous AirB&B hosts. I believe it was called Anne&Max. Each morning during our stay, we sat outside and watch the people go by – the hustle and bustle of a foreign city. With your breakfast order, you got either tea or coffee. Since I’m a complete tea-granny, I opted for the tea every morning and it was seriously the best tea I’ve ever had. It was a rooibos infused with orange, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom. Thankfully, they sold the tea in bulk and I was able to take some home. *yum*
The flavours of the tea inspired me to create a delicious, wholesome muffin infused with bright orange flavour and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. Plus a pinch of cardamom! The cardamom is not necessary, but it adds a little extra something special. Biting into one of these moist, flavourful muffins immediately brought me back to this summer and all of the wonderful memories we made in The Netherlands. These muffins have the perfect combination of flavours. Warm and spicy with juicy cranberries throughout. Walnuts round out the texture with a nice crunch. These muffins would make the perfect treat for Christmas brunch or as a healthy snack during the holiday season. I’m likely going to eat my weight in them over the next week or two while powering through all four seasons of Homeland. (Amazing show by-the-way!)
Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season! Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2015. Looking forward to sharing more delicious recipes with all of you in the new year. Your readership means the world to me! Joyeux Noël mes amis!
Source: adapted from Minimalist Baker – Dark Chocolate Cherry Muffins