Leftover Lover #2


I finally found something to do with that big bag of fresh cranberries which had remained in the fridge after New Year’s Dinner:-Donal Skehan’s White Chocolate and Cranberry Muffins. I love the zesty tang of these yummy little treats.

You’ll Need:

Makes 8-12 Muffins

  • 100g of butter, melted
  • 200ml of buttermilk
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 2 large free range eggs
  • 150g of caster sugar
  • 250g of self raising flour
  • 250g of fresh cranberries
  • 200g of white chocolate, roughly chopped(I used Milky bars – yummy)


Preheat the oven to 175oC. Line a muffin tray with paper cases. In a bowl, whisk together the butter, buttermilk, orange zest and set aside.

In a standalone mixer, beat the eggs with the sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the butter mixture and whisk until combined. Gently fold in the flour until just combined. Stir through the cranberries and white chocolate until combined. Be sure not to over mix the batter.

Spoon the mixture into the papercases and place in the oven to cook for 15-20 minutes until brown on top. Remove from the oven and place on a wire wrack to cool.


When It’s 1am And You Really Need Cake

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These things will happen over the Christmas break and happily they are even more delicious the next day.

You’ll Need:


  • 10 oz (280 g) bittersweet chocolate (70% cocoa)
  • 4/5 cup (180 g) butter
  • 8 eggs
  • 1+¼ cup (275 g) sugar
  • 1+¼ cup (140 g) all-purpose flour


Preheat oven to  180 deg C.

Grease 10 large muffin tins or cups; paper muffin bake cups can also be used.

Break the chocolate into small pieces and melt it with butter over hot water.

Beat the eggs with sugar and mix with flour.

Slowly fold in the melted butter and chocolate.

Bake at 180 degrees for only 8-12 minutes; the outer part should be cooked and the inner part slighly gooey.

Serve with  whatever you can get your hands on. In this case, some Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Ice-cream which had been hiding out in the freezer.

These also work well as mini cup-cakes. Simply cook them for a shorter period of time.