Cranberry and Orange Muffins

20 Nov 2023

These muffins are full of traditional Christmas flavours, but they taste delicious any time of year! Soak the cranberries in orange juice for a few hours to soften them and give the muffins an extra zesty flavour too.


250g self-raising flour
140g golden caster sugar
1 x 5ml spoon bicarbonate of soda
2 x 5ml spoons cinnamon
85ml sunflower oil
2 eggs
2 clementines OR 1 orange
100-150ml semi-skimmed milk
150g dried cranberries


Weighing scales
12-hole muffin tin
Paper muffin case x 12
Measuring spoons
Mixing bowl
Wooden spoon
Measuring jug x 2
Juice squeezer
Metal spoon
Oven gloves
Wire rack


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan or gas mark 6.
  2. Put the paper cases into the muffin tin.
  3. Mix together the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, bicarbonate of soda and cinnamon)
    in a mixing bowl.
  4. Place the oil in the measuring jug.
  5. Beat the eggs separately in a second measuring jug and add to the oil. Rinse out the jug.
  6. Grate the zest from the clementines or orange.
  7. Squeeze the juice from the clementines or orange into the jug. Add the milk until it comes up to the
    200ml mark.
  8. Add the milk and juice to the eggs and oil and mix well. Stir in the zest.
  9. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until combined.
  10. Fold in the dried cranberries.
  11. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases.
  12. Bake for 15–20 minutes, until risen and just golden.
  13. Cool on the wire rack. Serve warm.

Skills used include:
Weighing, measuring, grating, squeezing, beating, mixing/combining, folding and baking.

Top Tips

  • Be careful not to overmix, or the muffins will be tough.

Something to try next time

  • You could replace the cranberries with the same quantity of any dried fruit.

Prepare now, eat later

  • Muffins are best eaten freshly baked, but can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
  • Alternatively freeze for up to 1 month. Defrost thoroughly before eating.