Monday 28 September 2009


Cranberry & White chocolate muffins

When I was walking the hound in the park this morning, my friend Howard called with a delicious enquiry. He’s got a stand at a conference tomorrow and wanted to make his display stand out. He is a very wise man. He knows that baked goods refresh the parts Powerpoint cannot reach.

As Barney played ‘now you see me now you don’t’ in the fallen leaves, Howard and I decided on mini muffins. White chocolate and cranberry mini muffins, to be precise. Now, I’m not the biggest fan of white chocolate – toooo sweet – but I thought tart little cranberries would provide the perfect counterpoint. Once home, a quick Google brought up this easy treat of a recipe from the Waitrose site. I hope Howard’s clients enjoy them. I hope you do too.

White chocolate and cranberry mini muffins

100g plain flour
1 tsp mixed spice
50g Demerara sugar
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
75g white chocolate chips

75g dried cranberries
1 medium egg, beaten
150ml milk
50g butter, melted and cooled

To finish
100g white chocolate
25g dried cranberries, roughly chopped

Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas mark 6. Line two 12-hole mini muffin tins with mini muffin or petit four cases.

Mix the dry ingredients, chocolate and cranberries in a bowl. Make a well in the centre. Mix the wet ingredients, pour into the dry and stir for about 20 seconds until you have a lumpy batter. Don't overmix. Spoon into the cases and bake for 15 minutes. Cool on a rack.

To finish, melt the chocolate in the microwave or in a bain marie, scrape into a polythene bag and cool so it thickens a little. Cut a tiny hole in the corner of the bag. Drizzle the chocolate over the muffins and top with dried cranberries. I had chocolate left over, so I criss-crossed the tops with skinny little lines to add a final flourish. The secret to doing this is to start piping your lines about an inch or so to the side of the cooling rack so by the time they hit the muffins, your lines are skinny rather than gloopy. It’s gloriously messy.


  1. I love a delicious mess :) These sound the sweet/tart contrast. I'm sure they'll be ga-ga over them!

  2. the title alone will make me hurry/scurry over here - fall is upon us at last this week in my little burg, and that means cranberries, and pumpkin flavored what have yous flying from this bakers hand
    love having you back
    hope the sticky muffin fingers don't mess up the powerpoint presentation

  3. Mmmmmm is right! And because they're mini you can eat so many!

  4. oh i so want some muffins! i've been singing the muffin man song for a couple of days now. i'll give these a try, but do you have any good recipes for apple cinnamon? i'm desperate for a good apple cinnamon muffin at the moment.

  5. I love white chocolate but sometimes I have to be in the mood for it because, yes, it is too sweet. And I like sweet. Cranberries must balance out the sweetness beautifully. A new muffin recipe for me to try! I've been stumped on muffins lately.

  6. Those look utterly yummy, and soo pretty!
    Very sad to hear about the death of your lovely Oscar - sounds like he was a huge personality and much loved.

  7. Girlichef - It's a lovely combination I think. Adding a bit of mixed spice gives it a bit od depth too.
    Scarlett - Mmmmmmmm, indeed!
    Lady P - By all accounts, no Powerpoint presentation was harmed in the enjoyment of these muffins. Your mention of pumpkin has me thinking of some kind of pumpkin and walnut muffin. Watch this space...
    Catherine - That really made me smile!
    Abby - Ooh, apples and cinnamon. I don't have a recipe but I'd love one. Perhaps a project for this weekend.
    Gratinee - I do hope these help end your stump-age.
    Fran - You are so kind. I know that you know what a special thing it is to share your life with a cat.


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