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


  • kcal-
  • fat-
  • saturates-
  • carbs-
  • sugars-
  • fibre-
  • protein-
  • salt-
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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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13th Dec, 2011
hi, does anyone have any other recipe like this. i'm making this for family but would like to do two different kinds.
11th Dec, 2011
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!
6th Dec, 2011
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.
16th Nov, 2011
Thank you, thank you made this for Secret Santa!! is fab!!
9th Nov, 2011
I want to make up mixes in 500ml jars - does anyone know if this recipe will work ok if I just half the ingredients? Thanks
3rd Nov, 2011
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!)
27th Oct, 2011
beautiful recipe and a nice gift to give away aswell as very creative.Definately will use again!
25th Oct, 2011
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!
22nd Sep, 2011
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.
22nd Jul, 2011
definately interesting. I love the jar, and how those ingredients looked in it.


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