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    Delia's Spiced cranberry muffins with frosted cranberries

    • Preparation time: 25 minutes
    • Cooking time: 30 minutes
    • Total time: 55 minutes 55 minutes

    Makes: 6 large muffins

    Ingredients

    150g plain flour
    1 level teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1 level teaspoon ground ginger
    1 level dessertspoon baking powder
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    Zest and juice of 1 large orange
    1 large egg
    75g golden caster sugar
    1 tablespoon milk
    50g block butter, melted and cooled slightly
    225g cranberries

    For the topping
    150g fondant icing sugar, sifted
    Water

    For the frosted cranberries
    18 cranberries
    1 egg white, beaten
    1 tablespoon white caster sugar

    Pre-heat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6

    Method

    With muffins it’s always a good idea to have everything weighed out and ready before you start

    Begin by sifting the flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking powder and salt into a bowl, lifting the sieve up high to give the flour a good airing. Now, in another bowl whisk together the orange juice and zest, egg, sugar, milk and melted butter. 

    Now return the dry ingredients to the sieve and sift them straight into the egg mixture. (This double sifting is crucial because we won’t be doing much mixing.) 

    What you now need to do is take a large metal spoon to fold the dry ingredients quickly into the wet ones – the key word here is quickly (i.e. in about 15 seconds). 

    What you mustn’t do is beat or stir the mixture – just do the folding, and ignore the uneven appearance of the mixture because that’s precisely what makes the muffins really light.  Over-mixing is where people go wrong. 

    Next, quickly fold in the cranberries – again no stirring. Now divide the mixture between the muffin cases. Bake near the centre of the oven for 25–30 minutes until well-risen and golden brown. 

    Remove the muffins from the oven and transfer to a wire cooling tray. 

    While they’re cooling, make the frosted cranberries. All you need to do is dip each cranberry into beaten egg white and then roll it in caster sugar to give it a generous coating. 

    Leave the berries spread out on baking parchment to become crisp.

    Meanwhile, place the icing sugar in a small bowl and gradually add water, a teaspoon at a time, to get a good spreading consistency. Then, spread the icing over the cooled muffins using a small palette knife. Then top each one with 3 frosted cranberries.

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    Recipe from Delia's Cakes published by Hodder and Stoughton 2013
. © Delia Smith 2013 

    For more information about Delia's online cookery school go to www.deliaonline.com 

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