Yesterday I remembered I had some dried cranberries and some white chocolate chips in my baking stash. I regularly make cranberry and white chocolate cookies so thought I could try the same flavour in a muffin for a change. I thought it would save my son who is going through a growth spurt at the moment from nicking all the cereal when he comes in starving from school!
If you regularly make muffins then I can't recommend this book enough (see picture below). I bought it several years ago in Lakeland so I am not sure whether it is still in print but it contains loads of fantastic muffin recipes with different flavours. At the front of the book there is a recipe for basic muffins to which you can add your chosen flavour combinations. I adapted the basic recipe and threw in 100g of white chocolate chips as well as 100g of dried cranberries as well as a teaspoonful of vanilla extract. What is also great about the book is that it gives UK measurements, not American cup sizes which was very helpful.
|My favourite muffin book "Muffins Fast and Fantastic" by Susan Reimer.|
The basic recipe starts off with weighing out the dry ingredients; plain flour, baking powder and sugar. You then mix the wet ingredients in a separate bowl- sunflower oil and milk as well as the free range eggs. When they have been combined carefully by folding in the flour with a metal spoon I could add in the cranberries and the white chocolate bits. The batter was quite lumpy but I have been told to expect that with muffins.
Spooning the muffin batter into the cases was another matter, I made a massive mess of it and some batter spilled. I suddenly remembered a tip that an American lady had given me a few years ago about pouring the batter into a jug so you then pour it into the cases from the jug! Makes perfect sense to me, I should have remembered it.
The muffins were ready in about 20-25 minutes and didn't rise as much as you would expect shop bought muffins to look like but maybe it was because I didn't over fill the cases. They smelled gorgeous though, and within about 5 minutes my son had pinched two of them! So much for them being an after school snack for him!
Love Sam xx
|Cranberry and White Chocolate Muffins, perfect with a cuppa or as a snack.|