Apple, Cinnamon and Cranberry Muffins for Afternoon tea with the girlies

I’m back in Blighty and what better way to warm the cockles on a wet and windy day then with a spot of baking. Having enjoyed my first few days of autumnal sunshine the weather has predictably taken a turn for the worse and after yesterday’s drenching I’ve wisely decided to stay in, light the fire and prepare for my afternoon tea with friends by cooking up a few treats.

First on my list are my fail safe muffins. Muffins have become my saviour sweet after failing at most other cake and sponge combos and however erratically I make them they always come out presentable or at the very least with nothing that a touch of icing sugar sprinkled on top can’t fix.

I’m then planning to whip up a little rhubarb flan but that will follow in another post. For now it’s off to Waitrose to pick up a few more ingredients.

These fruity little numbers are a great alternative to a classic cake as they are light and fluffy and come in bitesize portions albeit “big bite sizes!. With no icing they could almost be considered healthy, at a push!

Ingredients: 50g softened butter, 50g caster sugar, 300ml milk, 50g bran, 1 egg, 50g chopped fresh apple, 25g cranberries, peel from 1 orange, 1tsp cinnamon, 100g flour, 1 tbsp baking powder, pinch of salt

Preparation: 15 mins + 25 cooking

1. In a small bowl, soak the bran in milk for 10 mins whilst you procede with the rest of the recipe.

2. Cream the butter and sugar together until nicely soft and fluffy.

3. Beat in the egg together with the apple, cranberries, orange peel and cinnamon.

4. Add in the bran and milk and beat once more.

5. Gently stir in the flour, baking powder and salt until your mixture is well combined.

6. Spoon your mixture into 6-8 muffin cases. I recommend a silicone tray as they come out easily once cooked.

7. Bake for 25 minutes at 200C or until golden.

8. Eat warm as they are definitely more delicious.

2 Responses to “Apple, Cinnamon and Cranberry Muffins for Afternoon tea with the girlies”
  1. Oh, I love the addition of cranberries. Very nice indeed!

  2. Thank you! The orange (or lemon) rind also gives a great additional burst of flavour. ps. so Murray did it!

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