Monday, 3 November 2008

White Chocolate & Cranberry Muffins

First of all I would like to apologise for my lack of blogging lately but I will be doing the rounds and visiting all your blogs very soon. I have been unwell for the past 2 weeks with a cold and bad cough but I’m finally on the mend, thank god! I’m such a lousy patient and can’t stand feeling ill and useless. Today was my first batch of baking since coming down with that dreadful cold and it feels so good being able to get into my kitchen again and bake! I have missed my kitchen and my boys have missed my baking. I decided to treat my boys, who have been so good to me whilst I have been unwell and bake one of their favourites, White Chocolate & Cranberry Muffins. I adore the white choc and cranberry combo and these muffins are a mix made in heaven. These would make a luxurious Christmas breakfast treat! I promised to post some more pics of Ollie and below are some recent pics of Ollie which I took a few weeks back, his grown a little more since then but his still as gorgeous and cute as ever!

White Chocolate & Cranberry Muffins
Serves 12
150g plain flour
1 tbsp baking powder
50g caster sugar
60g packet dried cranberries
100g white chocolate, roughly chopped
1 large egg
50g butter, melted
125ml semi-skimmed milk
Preheat the oven to 200ºC/180ºC fan/Gas 6. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper muffin cases. If you don’t have a muffin tin, double up the paper cases and put them on a baking tray. Sift the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl. Stir in the caster sugar, dried cranberries and white chocolate. Whisk the egg, melted butter and milk together. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the egg mixture. Mix until the egg is just combined - don’t over mix or the result will be muffins with a tough consistency - it doesn’t matter if the mixture looks a bit funny.Divide the mixture between the muffin cases and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until risen and springy to the touch. Leave to cool on a wire rack.


natalia said...

Ollie is really a beauty ! The muffins sound very good if I can find some cranberries I'll try them !

Arundathi said...

oh sorry to hear you're unwell. i hope you feel better soon!

Nic said...

Hope you are all better soon, my family have got it too, I have so far escaped.
White chocolate and cranberry go really well together and your muffins are lovely!

Finla said...

ollie has grown...
Good to hear that you are feeling much better now.
Muffins look great

Deborah said...

I hope you are feeling better! When I am sick, I can't even look at food, so I don't blame you for taking a break. These muffins look wonderful, though!

Maggie said...

Wonderful muffins, I love the flavour combo.
Ollie is very cute!
Pleased that you are feeling better, the lurgy is in this house too!!!

Nickki said...

Ollie is so gorgeous! Sorry to hear you've been unwell. I've had a bad cold and cough this week as well so I haven't been baking very much. I even missed sweet & simple bakes this month, which was disappointing but there's always next time :)

Those muffins look gorgeous, I love white choc & cranberry so I'll be trying these :)

Reeni said...

I love cranberries and white chocolate together! These look great. Glad your feeling better and getting back in the kitchen. I missed your goodies too. Ollie is such a little cutie!

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear that you've been sick. I'm starting the same sort of cold/flu thing and feeling decidedly miserable so you have my sympathies!

The muffins do look wonderful, and aren't cranberries a superfood? Full of amazing, health-giving properties? Coupled with the naturally cheering effects of chocolate and you practically have medicine there!

Beth Sachs (Jam & Clotted Cream) said...

Glad you're feeling better - these look delish

Maria said...

Glad that you are back. We have missed you! The muffins look awesome!! The kitty is cute too:)

Oh my! Apple pie! said...

Glad to hear your feeling better Maria, it's just that time of year isn't it.
White choc and cranberry are a match made in heaven, I always have cranberry and sour cream muffins over the Christmas period, I'll add chocolate this year.

Tina Butler said...

Glad you are feeling better, those muffins look so so good. I love cranberries. You kitty is just the cutest look at the expression.

AK Mom said...

These muffins look absolutely yummy!
I'll have to make a batch for my family.

I hope you are feeling better. When you feel up to it, please stop by my blog for a special surprise. (

Maria♥ said...

Thanks so much for the lovely comments and all your well wishes. I am feeling much better now and raring to go in the kitchen!

AK Mom, thanks so much for the lovely award ;o)


Anne said...

aw Ollie is getting big now and still as gorgeous!

Cookie said...

Glad that you are getting better now.

Not just your boys, I like to see more of your bake too!

Take care!

Bea Roque said...

Espero que te hays recuperado totalmente de tu gripe....hay que tener mucho cuidado ( especialmente este año) ya que hay una cepa muy virulenta ....así que, a mejorarse!!!! Tus muffins tienen un pinta deliciosa, pero prefiero comerme a Ollie, que está riquísimo, jijiji!!! Un beso. B