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Christmas Muffin Mix in a Jar

30 Sep

A festive treat to give or receive

I found this at the BBC Good Food website and thought it looked great.

From the BBC Good Food website

From the BBC Good Food website


  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 100g pecans or walnuts
  • 140g tropical dried fruits medley
  • 100g light muscovado sugar


Serves 12

Prep 15 minsCook 20 mins



  1. Layer all the ingredients in a 1 litre glass or plastic preserving jar in the order the ingredients are listed.
  2. Write the following method on a gift label: ‘Tip the contents of the jar into a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre and add 2 beaten eggs, 300ml/½pt milk and 100g/4oz melted butter. Mix quickly and lightly to a soft batter. Divide between 12 muffin cases. Bake at 190C/fan 170C/gas 5 for 18-20 mins. Use within 4 weeks.’ Attach the label and a wooden spoon to the top of the jar with some raffia or coloured ribbon.
Adapt the flavour

The spices and dried fruit for this mix can be adapted to suit the recipient’s taste.


Look out for attractive clear jars – either glass or plastic – to show off the layers of the muffin mix.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, Vegetarian Christmas 2006.


Original post here: Christmas Muffin Mix in a jar


Baking Party

1 Aug

This is a brilliant idea from Le Fru Fru

Changing the language allows most of it to be read – some brilliant photography & such lovely ideas! I want to have my own baking party now.

Using bakers twine is a really nice idea – it’s cheap too on ebay – watch out as some shops are selling it for a fortune!Templates like this are available online – google invitation template, or have a look at the programmes you already have. Word have templates – as do pages and mail on a mac.

With some mixing bowls – icing, icing kits and cupcakes you can have  fun baking party.

– make the cakes too if there is time, they don’t take long to cook and little ones can wash hands and tidy up while they are baking.

I love the idea of having names on the hats – this can be as easy as printing sticker letters on some A4 sheets of printable stickers and cutting out.

If you want a take home, invest in some plain aprons – or sew if you can, and add names, or the Baking Party logo / text.

Photo and idea from Le Fru Fru –

Healthy breakfast muffin mix in a jar

1 Jun

I saw this pic and just had to find out what was inside. Its from Ideas Mag

This looks like a great one to try & is so pretty!


Sift 375 ml cake flour
10 ml baking powder
1 ml bicarbonate of soda
1 ml salt together.

Layer in a jar with:

250ml quick-cooking rolled oats,
125ml brown sugar,
250ml chopped mixed dried fruit such as pineapple, goji berries, cherries or nectarine,
and 90ml mixed nuts and seeds.

Make a label that reads as follows:

Preheat oven to 200°C. Empty the contents into a bowl. Beat 65ml melted butter, 250ml milk or yoghurt and 1 large egg together, then stir into the dry ingredients.

Spoon into greased and lined muffin tins and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until cooked through.

Packaging instructions

Print or write the name of the mix on a small paper doily. Glue the doily in place on the glass jar and decorate with a piece of ribbon.

Type or write the recipe on a gift tag and and punch a hole in the tag.

Insert a metal eyelet with an eyelet setting tool.

Thread a piece of string through the hole and tie the tag to the jar.