Mini muffins are such a great bake. Tasty, moreish and bite sized. I like to pop a couple into a lunchbox for a tasty sweet treat, or have a platter ready to welcome everyone home.
These mini muffins taste like Christmas; spiced with cinnamon, mixed spice, nutmeg and clementine zest. I think they’ll make a lovely treat to leave out for Father Christmas or as a Festive treat with hot chocolate while snuggled on the sofa in pyjamas.
I added a filling of mincemeat to half the mix to make mince pie muffins – and very nice they were too. Although I was the only family member to try those – everyone else hates mince pies!
Christmas Spice Mini Muffins/Mince Pie Muffins
(dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)
Makes 24 mini or 6 large
120g or 1 cup plain flour
75g or 1/3rds cup soft brown sugar
1/2 tbsp baking powder
large pinch salt
55g or 1/4 cup dairy-free margarine, melted
75ml or 1/3rd cup dairy-free milk
125g or 1/2 cup dairy-free yogurt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp mixe spice
a pinch of ground nutmeg
zest of 1/2 clementine
(optional) 1/2 tsp mincemeat for each mini muffin
water icing and Christmas decorations
Preheat the oven to 190 Degrees Centigrade/Gas Mark 5. Line a muffin tin
In a bowl mix together the milk, yogurt, vanilla and melted dairy-free margarine. Set aside.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, spices and zest. Stir in the sugar.
Make a well in the centre and pour in the wet ingredients. Mix until combined (make sure you don’t over mix).
2/3rds fill each muffin liner. (for the mince pie version, 1/3rd fill then add the mincemeat and then top with the other 1/3rd of muffin mix)
Bake for 12-14 minutes for mini muffins or 20-25 minutes for large ones, until golden on top and a knife comes out clean.
Cool on a wire rack.
Either leave plain or top with water icing (add just enough water a few drops at a time to make a very thick icing) and Christmas decorations
Christmas eve is nearly upon us and we need to leave out some goodies for Father Christmas and his reindeer. We made the reindeer food (oats, Christmas decorations and edible glitter!) so we just had to come up with a festive treat for Santa.
Mince pies are the obvious choice in the UK, but I decided he might like something a little different this year. The inspiration for these fragrant clementine and mincemeat flavoured cookies came from the Jamie website. In my opinion these are far more delectable than a normal mince pie – I hope Father Christmas approves and brings the girls lots of surprises. 🙂
Mince Pie Cookies (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)