Since coming back from holidays, the one thing that seems the most crazy is that there's only another 8 weeks till Christmas. All the Christmas displays are up in the shops, mum is asking me to think about Christmas presents for the cousins, and well, I even got lured into buying a pack of 50 Christmas cards the other day at Kmart and that only costed me a dollar! (So a card and an envelope for just 2cents each?!)
I picked up one of those Christmas baking recipes for free at the supermarket just yesterday and well, I don't think I'll be making a Christmas pudding anytime soon but it did make me think, why is it that they only give you Christmas pudding and Mince Pie recipes each year. Surely everyone has enough of those recipes if you're like me and pick them up from the supermarket every year? So in the spirit of Christmas, I thought I'd offer you this Gingerbread Muffin recipe which I thought tastes every bit like Christmas and something just a little bit different just to mix things up. Recipe is from Food Lovers 'Bread and Muffins'.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Line a 12 hole muffin pan. In a small bowl, combine 100g unsalted butter, 100g soft brown sugar and 3 tbsp molasses. Microwave on low until melted together.
Add 125mL milk to the butter mixture and stir in 1 large egg. Sift in 150g plain flour, 1 tbsp ground ginger, 2 tbsp ground cinnamon and 1 tsp baking soda. Stir gently until combined.
Divide the mixture evenly between the muffin cases (you should get about 10 standard sized muffins). Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until the muffins are risen and firm.
Leave to cool on a wire rack.
So here you have it, a taste of Christmas in a muffin! Will definitely get round to doing a bit more Christmas baking this year so hopefully here's to a good start!