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Christmas muffins

Christmas muffins

Medjool dates are succulently sweet with a caramel flavour, perfect for adding to these spiced muffins. Serve warm for a breakfast treat on Christmas morning.

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  • Makes12
  • CourseBrunch
  • Prepare15 mins
  • Cook15 mins
  • Total time30 mins
  • PlusPreparation time 15 minutes + cooling

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  • 225g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 75g demerara sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 small orange, scrubbed, zest
  • 165ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 British Blacktail Free Range Large Egg
  • 50g unsalted butter, melted
  • 250g Medjool Dates with stones, pitted then roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp demerara sugar, for the topping
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon, for the topping


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper muffin cases. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, sugar, cinnamon and orange zest.

  2. In a jug, mix together the milk, egg and melted butter, then pour into the dry ingredients. Using a large metal spoon, fold the ingredients together until just mixed, then gently fold in the dates.

  3. Divide the mixture between the muffin cases. For the topping, mix the sugar and cinnamon, then sprinkle over the muffins.

  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until risen and just firm. Transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly. Serve warm.

Cook’s tip

Leftover muffins can be stored in an airtight container for 3-4 days. Warm them to serve, if liked. For ideas on using remaining dates, see waitrose.com/recipes or pick up the latest issue of Waitrose Food magazine.


Typical values per item when made using specific products in recipe


849kJ/ 201kcals



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