Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas Muffins

This year I wanted to get into Christmas because before, for me, Christmas was just another day to get through. So I got myself a Christmas jumper, put up something that resembles a Christmas tree, gift-wrapped some presents and made muffins! Okay, I made them on Boxing Day, but still, for me that's still part of Christmas :)

So here are some muffins for you, filled with Christmassy flavours and warmth!

What do you need?

- a handful of dates, deseeded and chopped
- a handful of dried cranberries
- a handful of almond slivers
- 2 tsp of cinnamon
- 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and chopped in cubes
- 2 eggs
- 200g of dark brown sugar
- 3 tsp of baking powder
- 400g of flour (spelt or regular)
- 125ml of vegetable oil
- 250ml milk (I used soy milk but regular is ok too)
- 1 tsp of salt
- some oats as a topping

What do you need to do?

Heat your oven to a medium heat (180°C) so it preheats before you place the muffins in.
Take a bowl and beat the eggs adding the milk, oil and sugar afterwards. Whisk until everything has been dissolved.
Then sift in the flour and baking powder. This is the point when you add all the other ingredients: the chopped dates, chopped apple, almonds and cranberries. Mix everything together until smooth.

Add this mixture in muffin the muffin tray, filling them 2/3rds. Place some oats on top and pop it in the oven!

Wait until they have puffed up and they should be ready. I can't remember the exact timing, but every oven differs. Just make sure they aren't goopy anymore on the inside by sliding a knife in and checking if anything is still sticking to it. If not, you're good to go :)

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you :)

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