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Spiced Cranberry Muffins with Frosted Cranberries

I just couldn’t stop eating these when we tested them, so for me this is another reason to look forward to the Christmas season. They are great at any time, but would be especially good for a celebratory breakfast on Christmas morning.

 
 
 Spiced Cranberry Muffins with Frosted Cranberries

  Makes 6 large muffins

Ingredients
 150g plain flour
 1 level teaspoon ground cinnamon
 1 level teaspoon ground ginger
 1 level dessertspoon baking powder
 ¼ teaspoon salt
 zest and juice of 1 large orange
 1 large egg
 75g golden caster sugar
 1 tablespoon milk
 50g block butter, melted and cooled slightly
 225g cranberries
For the topping:
 150g fondant icing sugar, sifted
 Water
For the frosted cranberries:
 18 cranberries
 1 egg white, beaten
 1 tablespoon white caster sugar
 Pre-heat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6
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Equipment
Equipment: You will also need a Delia Online 6-cup Muffin Tray or similar,  lined with paper muffin cases, generously brushed with melted butter.

This recipe is from Delia's Cakes

Method

With muffins it’s always a good idea to have everything weighed out and ready before you start

Begin by sifting the flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking powder and salt into a bowl, lifting the sieve up high to give the flour a good airing. Now, in another bowl whisk together the orange juice and zest, egg, sugar, milk and melted butter.

Now return the dry ingredients to the sieve and sift them straight into the egg mixture. (This double sifting is crucial because we won’t be doing much mixing.)

What you now need to do is take a large metal spoon to fold the dry ingredients quickly into the wet ones – the key word here is quickly (i.e. in about 15 seconds).

What you mustn’t do is beat or stir the mixture – just do the folding, and ignore the uneven appearance of the mixture because that’s precisely what makes the muffins really light.  Over-mixing is where people go wrong.

Next, quickly fold in the cranberries – again no stirring. Now divide the mixture between the muffin cases. Bake near the centre of the oven for 25–30 minutes until well-risen and golden brown.

Remove the muffins from the oven and transfer to a wire cooling tray.

While they’re cooling, make the frosted cranberries. All you need to do is dip each cranberry into beaten egg white and then roll it in caster sugar to give it a generous coating.

Leave the berries spread out on baking parchment to become crisp.

Meanwhile, place the icing sugar in a small bowl and gradually add water, a teaspoon at a time, to get a good spreading consistency. Then, spread the icing over the cooled muffins using a small palette knife. Then top each one with 3 frosted cranberries.

 

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