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)

gourmetgirlcook's picture

P.S I could not get tropical fruit mix so I used normal mixed fruit and added dried cranberries to make them ideal for christmas.

gourmetgirlcook's picture

I made about 8 of these to give as gifts. I made them first to try them and they were delicious. They make a great gift and everyone loved them, they even sent me picture texts when they had made them! Great idea, I will use it again this year.

ridgewood's picture

What a great idea, excellent xmas gifts for children to make and give as special personal pressies. excellent way to get none bakers cooking.

lesley1142's picture

Just made these muffins. Great recipe, they turned out so good they looked shop bought! The mixture I found made far too much for 12 muffin cases (I had enough to fill an additional 10 mini muffin cases and 2 small ramekins!). I used a mixture of pecan and walnuts and added ground ginger (I had no all spice) and they were fine. I think next time however, I would reduce ingredients by half to fill 12 cases.

gervais's picture

Havent made the recipe but have given this as a gift and it was loved.Will do this again but change the ingredients to suit the person to whom it is being given.

louisehowe's picture

My son made these jars up for his teachers as gifts this Christmas. They went down a storm.

mandyabelllaitalia's picture

I made hampers as christmas presents and i put a jar of muffin mix (ikea jars are fantastic for this) and a jar of apple and cranberry chutney in. everybody loved them, they looked really festive, in fact i put a layer of dried cranberries in as well and just put less mixed fruit.

clairesmith58's picture

I love this idea. I too got the jars from Ikea and I found some smallish wooden spoons in Tesco that are a good size against the jars. I'm making these for hampers but one of the recipients has a nut allergy - can anyone suggest a subsititute for the nuts in this recipe?

fkwool's picture

just about to make this batch for the school xmas fayre - they went down a storm last year. Look really good and the feedback from the people who won and made the muffins was great!! Thanks goodfood.

cdb1970's picture

I thought Glenys' idea to give them as raffle prizes was great so have done just that for my kids' school Christmas Fayre next weekend (for the 'jam jar' stall) - took them to school this morning with some mini muffins I made as samples... I am not sure they will last until the Fayre as teachers said they should have first 'dibs' on buying them and want the full recipe!

rhonaferguson's picture

forgot to rate this fab recipe! Def 5/5

rhonaferguson's picture

I found kilner type jars like those in the picture above in ikea, and they were only £1.49 each. I couldnt find the mini wooden spoons though, so i tied two cinnamon sticks to each jar and it looked just as good, and the smell was great too!

nennepus's picture

Hi Harriet!
I think you can find these several places... Lakeland springs to mind or I would try pound stores or stores like Woolworths - or even charity shops to find old fashion jam jars... Cook shops and larger supermarkets could probably help you too!

harrietaustin's picture

Does anyone know where I can get the glass jars and mini woodern spoons from?

sookylurve's picture

Really super muffins! I came over all christmassy making them. I bought all the bits to make the jars off ebay really cheap and will have fun making them.

jenxxx258's picture

we all loved this recipe....particularly tasty eaten warm split and with butter ...YUM!!!

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jooshea's picture

These tasted lovely and so easy to make. Just had to test them before giving the jars to friends!!!

glenystalbot's picture

Fantastic muffin recipe - a real taste of christmas and the tropical fruits give it a really different slant. Will definately make these again over the coming festive weeks!!!!

fkwool's picture

Haven't actually made the muffins - but have put together the jars layered with the ingredients and spoon as raffle prizes for school xmas fayre - they went down a storm. Will definitely do again next year!!!


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