- 300g self-raising flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
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
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- 140g tropical dried fruit medley
- 100g light muscovado sugar
Layer all the ingredients in a 1 litre glass or plastic preserving jar in the order the ingredients are listed.
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.
Look out for attractive clear jars - either glass or plastic - to show off the layers of the muffin mix.
Adapt the flavour
The spices and dried fruit for this mix can be adapted to suit the recipient’s taste.