The festive season is well and truly upon us. The shops are all decorated, people are starting to put up their decorations at home and the mad dash to do all the Christmas shopping is underway.
What better then, than a simple and very tasty recipe for a batch of festive mini muffins to enjoy whilst sitting by a roaring fire.
200g/7oz self-raising flour, sifted
100g/3½oz golden caster sugar
100ml/3½fl oz sunflower oil
75ml/2½fl oz milk
1 large free-range egg
50g/1¾oz qood quality dark chocolate, chopped
1 heaped tbsp high quality mincemeat
50g/1 ¾oz good quality white chocolate, chopped
50g/1¾oz dried (or fresh) cranberries
Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5 and put 24 mini-muffin cases inside a mini-muffin tin.
Mix the flour and sugar in a bowl, then make a well in the centre. Whisk together the oil, milk and egg and slowly pour into the bowl, stirring gently. Divide this mixture between two bowls. In one bowl add the dark chocolate and mincemeat. Add the white chocolate and cranberries to the other bowl. Stir very gently.
Divide the two mixtures among the 24 muffin cases and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and risen.
Remove the muffins to a wire rack and eat warm.