Christmas muffin mix

Christmas muffin mix

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 12
A festive treat to give or receive

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian


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  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

    bay-king pow-dah

    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 100g pecan or walnuts
    Pecan nuts



    Related to the walnut, pecans are native to America, and grow enclosed in a glossy, browny-red…

  • 140g tropical dried fruit medley
  • 100g light muscovado sugar


  1. Layer all the ingredients in a 1 litre glass or plastic preserving jar in the order the ingredients are listed.

  2. Write the following method on a gift label: ‘Tip the contents of the jar into a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre and add 2 beaten eggs, 300ml/½pt milk and 100g/4oz melted butter. Mix quickly and lightly to a soft batter. Divide between 12 muffin cases. Bake at 190C/fan 170C/gas 5 for 18-20 mins. Use within 4 weeks.’ Attach the label and a wooden spoon to the top of the jar with some raffia or coloured ribbon.

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Comments (62)

kirberella's picture

Made two of these for relatives christmas presents. Hoping they taste good but if they don't they definatly look amazing. I would be happy to recieve one as a gift!

isadoradumpling's picture

I just love these ideas and first saw them on the kindle book gifts and crafts section.

catherinebarwick's picture

These are so easy to prepare and make, and as one friend said, even smell like Christmas!

ljshakey's picture

Made these a couple of days ago and they went down a storm! I only had 50g walnuts to hand so added 50g chopped nuts. Also only had 100g tropical fruit so added 40g dried cranberries.

Easy to make, a very nice twist on a regular spiced fruit muffin.

kasiakoczwara's picture

Really fab gift! :)

chickenofpie's picture

Made these muffins to test out before making the jars up for gifts. I agree with other reviewers that the smell was lovely and Christmassy but was disappointed with the results. The mixture made 14 muffins but they were a bit tasteless and doughy. I will be looking for an alternative for edible Christmas gifts, which is a shame as the jars look great in the picture.

same965's picture

Everyone loved this gift :)

Lin01's picture

I made these up as Christmas presents after trying out the muffins myself; they were delicious! The 1 litre kilner jars from Ikea are cheap, and the mix fits in perfectly. Instead of 140g tropical fruits, I weighed 100g (from Holland and Barrett) and topped up with 40g of dried cranberries which added more colour and was Christmassy. The finished jars looked great!

claire855's picture

I've done these 2 years on the trot now as teacher prezzies - they're brilliant as the kids can make them up themselves and personalise the labels. They were well received and apparently very tasty! I got the jars from Asda - £1.40 each, much cheaper than Lakeland.

same965's picture

I made the muffins and they are great. I would like to give jars as gift as well, but the ingredients are too much for a 1 liter jar. First I put less dried fruits, next time I made two smaller jars (one for floor, spices and sugar and another for the walnut and fruits).

isitworthwaitingfor's picture

hi, does anyone have any other recipe like this. i'm making this for family but would like to do two different kinds.

heldo1's picture

I just love this idea!! Just wondered if anyone has tried this with savory ingredients instead? I've already made a huge batch of red onion chutney for my gift hampers and thought it would be a nice accompaniment for some muffins.

I was thinking maybe using sun dried tomatoes some bay leaves/dried herbs to make it look good and adding cheese onto the recipe card. what you think? any suggestions would be great! thanks!

jeanlovesbeads's picture

I saw this recipe and gift idea in a spring 2011 issue of "Baking". Yet another example of the BBC Good Food enterprise recycling recipes. It's a good idea though, and makes excellent muffins.

dmarie2011's picture

Thank you, thank you made this for Secret Santa!! is fab!!

lisa_raisontrehy's picture

I want to make up mixes in 500ml jars - does anyone know if this recipe will work ok if I just half the ingredients?


emmathree's picture

Christmas gifts sorted - will spend a weekend making a load of these up to keep tucked away for those "surprise" moments when someone unexpectedly hands you a gift and you need one ready to return!

(PS - 1 litre Kilner type jars are 99p in Ikea at the moment!)

hasrat's picture

beautiful recipe and a nice gift to give away aswell as very creative.Definately will use again!

annmariemcl's picture

Can anyone comment on the "use within 4 weeks" instruction? I was thinking of making these up for the school fayre but its at the end of November so in theory they'd be out of date by Christmas!

kezzerred's picture

Was going to do this last year for gifts but never had the jars, this year been saving the large coffee jars for the mix, tested it last night and very yummy, like the idea of the mixture in jars for others to do, will be adding to my hamper this year, along with possibly other muffin mix ideas.

potretamelia's picture

definately interesting. I love the jar, and how those ingredients looked in it.


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