There’s something so inspiring about the run up to Christmas for cooking and baking, it just makes me want to get into the kitchen and recipe develop like crazy! Maybe it’s the dark days, or maybe it’s the Christmas spices and thoughts of sharing with friends and family.
I haven’t spent enough time creating in the past few months – I’ve been doing a new job which has taken far too much of my time and energy (even on days when I’m not meant to be working), and I’ve decided that has got to stop. I need to get baking again, to test myself with new recipes and challenges because that is when I’m most energised. This week alone I’ve created three new recipes, so expect lots more posts coming up soon 🙂
Unbelievably our local Christmas lights turned on last night (it was only the 15th November!), so it suddenly felt Christmassy and I had to go a little festive and introduce some warm spice into the mix.
This is a knock out recipe for warming spiced muffins, with all the scents of Christmas rolled into one irresistible fluffy muffin topped with a crunchy crumble topping. This particular muffin recipe gives a great, authentic texture and rise which is perfect for the subtle spice. I particularly like the contrasting texture of the crumble topping, and think it really does add to the whole effect. Do add more spice if that is your preference, I kept mine subtle to please all members of the family!
These were delicious warm straight from the cooling rack, but I’m also thinking they’d make a fabulous Christmas breakfast or brunch.
Gingerbread Spiced Muffins with a Crumble Top
(dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)
makes 12 large muffins
85g soft brown sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
250g plain flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
115g dairy-free margarine, melted
150ml dairy-free milk
150ml dairy-free yogurt
75ml golden or maple syrup
for the crumble topping:
1 tbsp oats
3 tbsp plain flour
1 tbsp demerara sugar
1 tbsp margarine
pinch of salt
pinch of cinnamon
- First make the crumble top: rub the margarine into the other ingredients to make a lumpy mix. Set aside
- Heat the oven to 190 degrees Centigrade.
- Fill a muffin tray with liners.
- Mix all the dry ingredients together. Pour in the wet ingredients and combine. You want not clumps of raw flour but do not overtax, lumpy is good.
- 1/2 fill the liners and then sprinkle over the crumble top
- Bake for 20 minutes, or until risen and golden and a knife comes out clean.
- Cool on a wire rack.