Spiced cranberry muffins

    Spiced cranberry muffins

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    About this recipe: These muffins are delicious and a cinch to make. They are flavoured with orange zest, nutmeg, cinnamon, cranberries and ginger and served with a hot cranberry spread. They are perfect over Christmas time.

    Makes: 18 muffins

    • 250g plain flour
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 100g margarine
    • 175ml orange juice
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 165g chopped cranberries
    • 175g chopped walnuts
    • 225g wholeberry cranberry sauce
    • 2 tablespoons dark brown soft sugar
    • 50g margarine

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease or line enough muffin tins to make 18 muffins.
    2. Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, orange zest, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger.
    3. Cut in the margarine; stir in juice, vanilla, eggs, cranberries and nuts. Pour into muffin tins and bake for 25 minutes or until brown.
    4. Meanwhile, prepare the spread in a saucepan over low heat by mixing together the cranberry sauce, dark brown soft sugar and margarine. Cook until heated and smooth. Remove from heat and serve as a spread for the muffins.
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