Baking Muffins

Tart Cranberry Scuffins

November 17, 2015

Tart Cranberry Scuffins are a hybrid of a scone and a muffin, and delectable slathered with warm butter and homemade jam for breakfast.

What’s a scuffin, you ask? Well, scone + muffin = scuffin!

A scuffin is essentially a scone baked in a muffin pan, therefore retaining its crumbly texture, and often they are fruit or jam filled. Scuffins were invented in San Francisco, of course, the birthplace of Toast, and numerous other food trends.

These Tart Cranberry Scuffins are a simple scone/muffin recipe – and not jam filled (although I think that would be highly delectable, so if you modify this recipe, let me know how it goes!)

I used fresh tart cranberries, so these scuffins are not very sweet – definitely more of a scone than a muffin, and definitely a great vehicle for slathering with warm butter and homemade jam.

(And psssst, I still need to go get myself some Toast the next time I’m in San Francisco – any recommendations for the best SF Toast?!)

Tart Cranberry Scuffins slathered with homemade jam are a wonderful way to wake up in the morning! Scuffins are a hybrid between a muffin and a scone, originally invented in San Francisco.

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Tart Cranberry Scuffins are a hybrid of a scone and a muffin, and delectable slathered with warm butter and homemade jam for breakfast.
Tart Cranberry Scuffins
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
What's a scuffin, you ask? A hybrid of a muffin and a scone - a yummy morning treat! This recipe is made with tart cranberries and is not very sweet - they are great slathered with homemade jam!
Course: Breakfast
Servings: 12
Author: breakfast for dinner
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1 cup cream or milk
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease or line a dozen muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the egg and cream and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in butter with a pastry cutter or two knives, until the butter is in pea-sized pieces. Stir in the cranberries.
  4. From your milk/egg mixture, scoop out 2 tablespoons to reserve for brushing the tops of the scuffins. Set aside.
  5. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and add the milk/egg mixture (except for the reserved 2 tablespoons). Using a fork, stir until just moistened.
  6. Scoop batter into muffin tins, filling each half full. Brush each scuffin with the reserved 2 tablespoons milk/egg mixture.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until tops are lightly golden. Cool in muffin tray on a wire rack.
  8. Serve warm with butter and homemade jam.
Recipe Notes

Scuffins are best served warm on the day they are baked.


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