Saturday, 4 February 2012

Winter's Day Muffins

These are actually Nigella's Christmas morning muffins, (with a few small alterations.) But, when it's icy outside it seems a shame to bypass Cinnamon and cranberries just because it's not Christmas; these cosy flavours which are still very much needed at this time of year!

250g Plain Flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarb
100g caster sugar
1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
Grating of nutmeg
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1 Orange
125ml full fat milk
75ml vegetable oil
1 egg
175g dried cranberries
A little demerara sugar for the top

1. Preheat the oven to 200 / gas mark 6. Line a baking sheet with muffin cases
2. Mix all of the dry ingredients into a bowl. Add the zest of the orange last.
3. Squeeze the orange juice into a measuring jug and add the milk until it comes up to the 200ml mark. Add the egg, and oil and whisk. Add this to the dry ingredients and fold in (you may need a little more milk, a wet, lumpy batter is what you want.)
4. Fold in the cranberries.
5. Transfer the mixture to the muffin cases, sprinkle over the demerara and bake in the oven for about 20mins.


  1. These look so delicious - I always set out that Nigella recipe for Xmas morning, and then always end up eating a whole choc orange for breakfast instead - I'll have to go ahead and make these one day while it's still cold out - though that's not likely to change anytime soon!

  2. spices, dried fruit, sugar what more do you want in a muffin? Excellent choice!

  3. Very yummy. Great with a nice cup of tea!

  4. This really does seem like a perfect cold weather breakfast (of course, accompanied by hot tea or coffee). Nigella has some amazing recipes!


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