White chocolate and cranberry muffins recipe

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makes: 12
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 20 min
Cooking: 20 min
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  • White chocolate fan? Mix up a batch of these easy muffins filled with white chocolate chunks and a tangy cranberry compote


    • For muffin mix:
    • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 2 tsp ground allspice
    • 100g unsalted butter
    • 200ml full-fat milk
    • Zest of 1 orange
    • 2 large eggs
    • 150g golden caster sugar
    • 250g self-raising flour
    • 200g white chocolate, finely chopped
    • For the cranberry compote:
    • 250g cranberries
    • Juice and zest of 1 orange
    • Zest of 1 lemon
    • 2 tsp vanilla essence
    • 100g golden caster sugar
    • 3 tbsp water
    • 1 tbsp cornflour
    • 1 cinnamon stick


    • Preheat the oven to 170°C/150°C fan/325°F/Gas Mark 3.

    • Cranberry compote: Put all of the cranberry compote ingredients, except the water and cornflour, into a small saucepan over a moderate heat. Bring to the boil and cook for about 10 minutes, or until the cranberries are soft.

    • Dissolve the cornflour in the water and add to the saucepan. Reduce the heat to medium, then stir until the mixture thickens.

    • Remove from the heat and leave to cool.

    • Meanwhile, line a 12-hole muffin tray with paper muffin cases. In a medium bowl, whisk the milk, butter and orange zest and set aside.

    • Using a food mixer, beat the eggs and sugar until light and creamy. Add the butter and milk mixture and whisk until completely combined.

    • Gently fold in the flour, cinnamon, allspice and white chocolate, being careful not to over-mix the batter.

    • Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases (about 2 tbsp per case) and top each muffin with a teaspoon of the cranberry compote, pushing it down into the batter as you add the compote. Bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until firm and golden brown.

    • Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack.

    Top tip for making White chocolate and cranberry muffins

    Serve them warm and sprinkle over some icing sugar for decoration

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