Christmas morning muffins

christmas morning muffins

Fancy rustling up some festive muffins that taste like Christmas?  Ingredients such as cinnamon, cranberries and orange juice create just the thing.  The muffins only take 15 mins to prepare and 20 mins to bake, and are best eaten the day you make them  Thanks Nigella.  Makes 12.

For the muffins:

200g plain flour

3 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

75g demerara sugar

Good grating fresh nutmeg or pinch ground nutmeg

Juice of clementine or small orange

Approximately 50ml milk

60g unsalted butter, melted

1 large egg

150g dried cranberries

12-bun muffin tin with cases

For the topping:

2 tsp demerara sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 200ºC/gas mark 6.  In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, bicarb and sugar, and grate over a generous amount of fresh nutmeg/sprinkle over some ground nutmeg. Squeeze the orange or clementine juice into a measuring jug, then pour in milk on top until it comes up to the 150ml mark. Add the melted butter and the egg, and beat to combine. Pour the jug of liquid ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and stir until the ingredients are more or less combined.  Last of all, lightly fold in the cranberries and fill the muffin cases.

Mix together the demerara sugar and ground cinnamon and sprinkle over the tops of the muffins. Stick them in the oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes, until they are puffy, golden brown and a knife inserted in to them pretty much comes out clean.  Be careful not to overbake them or they will be too dry.


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