Monday, 27 January 2014

White Chocolate, Orange and Cranberry Muffins

I made these fruity muffins to help fuel a friends house move at the weekend... if you've read the recipe below, you will see that these muffins have no sugar. Yup. That's not a mistake. All of the sweetness in these tasty muffins comes from the honey, so make sure to use a good quality honey rather than supermarket value ones! Although I did find that they stuck to the cases a little bit, it's fun to nibble it off the paper :)

225g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs, beaten
50g butter, melted
175ml semi-skimmed milk
60ml good quality honey
75g dried cranberries
Zest and juice of one orange
100g white chocolate chips

Pre-heat your oven to 180c and line your muffin tin with paper cases.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, melted butter, milk and honey and give a quick whisk.
Sift in the flour and baking powder and whisk roughly, before adding the cranberries, orange zest, half of the orange juice and the chocolate chips. Leave the other half of the orange juice to one side. Give another quick whisk to combine everything, but try not to overwork the batter.

Spoon the mixture into the cases, filling to about 4/5 full. Bake for 20-25 minutes until lightly golden on top and springy to the touch. A skewer inserted into the middle of the muffins should come out clean.
While the muffins are still hot and in the tin, pour about a teaspoon of the reserved orange juice over the top of each one. This will soak into the sponge and give a fresh, moist, fruitiness to the muffins.
Leave to cool slightly in the tin before removing and placing on a wire rack to cool completely. 

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