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6 small brown christmas muffins with cherry in the middle

Christmas Muffins Recipe

Delightful, fruity muffins
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Plus overnight soaking 12 hrs
Total Time 12 hrs 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 300 kcal


  • Small muffin cases


  • 85 g chopped dates
  • 55 g sultanas
  • 12 glace cherries chopped
  • 1/2 orange rind grated
  • 140 ml rum or brandy
  • 170 g soft butter or margarine
  • 110 g brown soft sugar
  • 55 g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 170 g plain flour
  • 55 g self-raising flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spices plus extra cinnamon, if liked
  • A handful Split Almonds & Cherries to decorate


  • Put the fruit in a bowl
  • Pour the rum or brandy over the fruit and stir well
  • Leave to soak - best to leave over night
  • Cover the mix with with cling-film pushed down onto fruit to make it airtight
  • Put another layer of cling-film over top of the bowl
  • Stir three times during the soak with a metal spoon so each tiny chunk of fruit soaks the flavour of the rum or brandy
  • By morning the fruit should have soaked almost all of the rum or brandy
  • Pre heat the oven to on Gas 3 / 170c / 325F
  • Cream the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy
  • Add the eggs, one at a time and whisk briskly between each one
  • In a separate bowl, mix the flours together and stir in the bicarbonate of soda and mixed spice
  • Add half of the flour and spice mix to the creamed eggs, butter and sugar mix by folding with a metal spoon
  • Add the fruit and mix in carefully
  • Fold in the remaining flour mix
  • If your mixture is a little runny add more sifted plain flour until the mixture just slightly drops from spoon
  • Decorate with cherries and almonds
  • Use two paper muffin cases for each cake
  • Fill each case with cake mixture and place on baking tray
  • Turn Oven down to gas 2 / 150c just before putting in
  • Bake in the oven for about 20 mins
  • Check 5 mins before as everyone's oven works different
  • Test to see if ready by placing clean finger gently in middle - if springs back-they are ready
  • Cool, then place on wire rack almost cold
Keyword easy fruit buns