This is a simple recipe that children can bake with a little supervision. There aren’t too many ingredients, and the recipe isn’t complex. Two mixing bowls are required, as well as a light hand with the combining of the contents of the bowls. The muffins have a wonderful, spicy Christmasy smell that both children and adults will like.
Eat Fresh or Use as an Ideal Gift
When cooled, the muffins are suitable for breakfast, or for afternoon or morning teas, or even a dessert with some ice cream, whipped cream or sauce. These spicy Christmas muffins are also a lighter alternative to the more usual Christmas fruit mince pies that tend to be much richer. They make an ideal gift when packed into a gift box that is wrapped with lots of cellophane and tied with bunches of ribbons.
Ingredients Are Enough For Ten Muffins
The ingredients are enough to make ten muffins. If more are required, just double the ingredients. Cranberries are one of the healthiest berries to eat, but if they are unavailable, substitute blueberries, or another berry of choice.
Spicy Christmas Muffins
- 200 grammes cranberries, fresh or frozen. If only dried cranberries are available, plump them up by soaking them in a little water first
- 100 ml light olive oil or another light vegetable oil
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 3 tablespoons plain natural yoghurt
- 225 grammes plain flour
- 1 teaspoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- Half a teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 100 grammes sugar
- A little sugar to sprinkle on top of the muffins
- Heat the oven to 180 degrees C
- Line a muffin tin with paper cases, oil the tin, or use a flexible non stick muffin pan
- In a bowl, combine the eggs, the oil of choice, and the yoghurt – the mix could separate, but this is not a problem
- In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, ginger, baking powder, sugar, and bicarbonate of soda
- Fold the egg mixture into the dry flour mixture
- Work quickly to mix the two; keeping mixing to a minimum ensures that the muffins will be light and fluffy, and not heavy
- Quickly and lightly fold the cranberries into the mix
- Carefully spoon the mixture into the muffin cases
- Sprinkle the top with some extra sugar
- Bake for approximately 35 minutes
- Cool the muffins in the tins, then transfer to a wire rack
Serve these spicy Christmas muffins either warm from the oven as a December breakfast treat, or for a mid morning or afternoon snack, or for supper. For an unusual and tasty dessert, serve either warm or cold with cream, ice cream, or a sauce. They also make good lunch box treats, and will make a thoughtful gift from children.