Oh no… I can hear you all now… Please! not christmas baking yet.
I’m so sorry… I just got very excited when I saw that Movies 24 were back with all my favourite christmas films, that I just had to bake up a batch of my christmas muffins to scoff, whilst flicking through the endless list of festive movies.
A few weeks back in work, whilst the Christmas issue of our foodie magazine was in production, the editor set us all to a bake-off against each other.
Given a basic recipe for muffins, our challenge was to make it christmassy. An easy task? Yes. Combine My favourite time of year with my favourite things to bake. So a little bit of googling, LOTS of spice, fruit and Jameson whiskey and I have my winning recipe.
Incidentally neither the hubby nor the small are fond of fruitcake or anything with fruit dotted through it, and yet I couldn’t keep them away from these muffins. I wonder had it anything to do with the mischievous glint in the small one’s eye when he heard the whiskey word!
Fruity whiskey muffins
Makes 12 • Baking time: 20-25 minutes
170g butter melted
170g castor sugar
290g plain flour (sieved)
5 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
225g mixed fruit
25g fresh cherries (pitted and halved)
Jameson whiskey (enough to cover the fruit)
For the topping
50g cup brown sugar
10 chopped pecans
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons whiskey
1. Soak the mixed fruit in some whiskey the night before.
2. Preheat oven 200c/gas6/(180c fan).
3. Mix all the dry ingredients together. Add in the wet ingredients and stir just until the mixture comes together.
4. Reserve some cherries and fruit for decoration then fold the rest into the mixture.
5. Mix all the ingredients for the topping together.
6. Using an ice cream scoop divide the mixture into 12 muffin cases, decorate the tops with remaining fruit and cherries and sprinkle over the topping. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
7. Leave to stand for 5 minutes then turn out onto a wire tray.
Cut strips of coloured tissue paper, wrap around the muffins and secure with tape. Then tie a bow around them with baking twine.