Christmas morning is not Christmas morning without these muffins now. I only started making them three years ago but they are now a family tradition. This year, I got up and made them with my boy. Well, being 11 months old, he just pootled around playing with his drawer of kitchen utensils (i.e. anything he can’t hurt himself with).
Christmas Morning Muffins
Makes 12 generous muffins
- 1 1/3 cup plain flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1/3 cup caster sugar
- freshly grated nutmeg (this is pretty much the only time I will be like this: If you don’t have fresh nutmeg, don’t bother. Freshly grated nutmeg is so radically different to the stuff in the jar that they shouldn’t be compared. Leave it out. Then go and get someone to buy you a microplane grater and some whole nutmegs. Rant over.)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Juice and zest of 2 oranges
- 55g butter, melted
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 75g craisins (or dried cherries. Or both. I’ve done both before.)
- 75g chocolate chips
- raw sugar, for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 200C.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and orange zest.
In a measuring jug, pour in the milk and add the orange juice until you have 2/3 cup of liquid. Add the melted butter and the egg and stir to combine.
Add the wet to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined i.e. it will be lumpy and should be lumpy!
Fold in the dried fruit and chocolate and mix again very gently.
Divide into muffin tin and sprinkle with raw sugar.
Bake for 1o minutes.