Nigella’s Christmas Morning Muffin recipe from her Domestic Goddess Cookbook is just one of those recipes I’ve been keen to try ever since I bought the book nearly 10 years ago. In the introduction Nigella suggests that these muffins are good as part of establishing your very own Christmas morning traditions or rituals. To us in our house, we have our own traditions but I’ve never bothered with traditions for food on Christmas morning. We usually have something light and quick like tea and toast. About 11 am we’ll have a glass of Champagne or Prosecco with a mince pie to put us on until dinner is ready, usually about 2 o’clock. Then again things are never set in stone in our house. But I was keen to try out the Christmas Muffin recipe, it looked simple enough to bake the night before as I didn’t want to be baking on Christmas morning and the ingredients sounded festive and delicious.
Instead of the cranberries Nigella suggested I chose to use the same quantity of dried fruit. I had some mixed dried fruit left over in an open bag. I thought I’d save the cranberries for something else.
Here’s how the Christmas Morning Muffins were made:
Nigella suggests sprinkling the muffins with demerara sugar and cinnamon before baking. I totally forgot to do it so I ended sprinkling icing sugar on the top of mine. However, I was a bit heavy handed as you can see in the picture below!
So, will this be a tradition to come in my family? I don’t think so. Sadly I was the only one who ate a muffin! It was just the four of us on Christmas morning and my hubby said no to a muffin. As soon as the kids noticed there was dried fruit in the muffins they turned their noses up at them. Bet it would have been different if it was chocolate. So it was toast all round. It did taste lovely though. The rest ended up being used as the trifle sponges towards our Boxing Day Trifle!
Hope you all had a lovely Christmas Day. It would be lovely to know if anyone reading this also has their favourite baking traditions over Christmas.
Love Sam xx