Monday, January 7, 2013

Little Thumbs Up for Fruitburst Muffins

Goodbye 2012! ... and welcome 2013!

I feel a little sad that a great year, 2012 has just simply passed and wonder what 2013 would be...

Besides baking, 2012 had been my intensive running year. I really enjoyed what I have been doing and would wish that I can do the same thing for 2013. I won't have any new year's resolution for 2013. Just baking and running will make me happy.

Now back to baking... These extremely fruity and low fat muffins are bursting with goodness of fruits and good energy. With about 250 calories and 2g of fiber per muffin, I reckon these muffins are great to kick start a new day or even a new year too...

Hope that you will like this fruit-loading muffin recipe as much as the year 2013! :)

fruitburst fruit muffins
A very fruity muffin!
All the wholesome ingredients
Mixing the batter
Baking the muffins
Something extra: Orange cinnamon glaze for these muffins...
All these muffins are packed with lots of fruits!
... lots of fruits in every single bite!
Here's the recipe from BBC Good Food app or website
(with my modification in blue)

225g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 large eggs
50g butter, melted
175ml skimmed milk 
(I used the full fat 4% milk)
100ml clear honey
140g fresh blueberries
85g dried cranberries
140g seedless raisins
140g dried apricots , chopped
1 tsp grated orange zest (I used this to make the icing)
1 tsp ground cinnamon (I used this to make the icing)

Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas 6/ fan forced 180°C and very lightly butter a 12-hole muffin tin.

Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl. In another bowl, lightly beat the eggs, then stir in the melted butter, milk and honey. 

Add to the flour with the remaining ingredients (except for the orange zest and cinnamon). Combine quickly without overworking (it's fine if there are some lumps left - you want it gloopy rather than fluid). Spoon the mixture into the muffin tin. Bake for 20-25 mins until well risen and pale golden on top.

Leave in the tin for a few mins before turning out. When cool, they'll keep in an airtight tin for two days. 

Something extra: orange cinnamon glaze for 12 muffins:

3 tbsp icing sugar
2 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tsp grated orange zest 

1 tsp ground cinnamon

Mix both until they form a smooth paste and drizzle it on the muffin when they are completely cooled.

Happy Baking
Please support me and like me at Facebook...


  1. Zoe, these muffins look so soft and yummy!!

  2. Happy New Year! What a great event...I'll definitely try and join in at some point in the coming months! I love the look of your fruity and the orange cinnamon glaze sounds divine! :-)

  3. These fruit loaded muffins look super good! love that you've used so much fruit :))
    Mary x

  4. I need to get some blueberries.. :) these muffins look just packed with fruit :)

    Thumbs up sounds intesting! I would like to participate but I really should put the reminder I guess :D

  5. Oh wow, these muffins sure look a has everything ingredients in it.... It must be superlicious yummy.

  6. Hi.. very rich muffin... very tempting..

  7. Zoe,
    This muffins are bursting with fruits!
    I do like this with a glass of cold milk:)

    Wow! Our 'Littke Thumbs Up' event announcement...I am definitely will participant ..LOL...:p
    mui x

  8. Happy New Year Zoe:)
    Muffins look wonderful...super delicious.
    Nice event dear, wud luv to participate.
    Happy hosting!!

  9. This looks really good for a healthy breakfast treat.

  10. Happy new year Zoe ...
    What a lovely muffin, perfect to start this great year 2013 :)

  11. Happy 2013 Zoe!
    Love this Lttle Thumbs Up event! Sounds exciting, would love to participate :)
    Your muffins look so pretty. Bookmarked!!

  12. Enough the pictures here are delicious, can't imagine how it tastes..

  13. Very cool event :) I feel like I would also need a reminder though! Your muffins look great. I could definately eat one with my cup of tea right now :)

  14. Your fruit muffin looks delicious! The event sounds exciting, be sure to take part. By the way, I've moved my blog due to some technical issues. Can you use this new blog URL when you are making future Cook Like A Star announcements? :)

  15. Hi Zoe! 2013 will be just as great as 2012, if not better, for you!

    Pineapple for the Feb Thumbs up event! Good choice for CNY! I'll try to join in the fun if I can find sometihing interesting with pineapple!

  16. Happy year 2013 Zoe. The muffins are really bursting with blueberries, nice!

  17. Gosh, these look like they just came out from a 5-star bakery! Love the Orange cinnamon glaze, Zoe! Happy 2013!

  18. Hi Zoe, happy new year :) these muffins look amazing! your photos have really captured the fruity goodness - its practically popping out! makes me really excited to make them :) and i would love to learn using pineapple as a baking ingredient too - look forward :)

  19. Oh! I don't mind hosting and participating, sounds exciting!

  20. Zoe, your muffins are so irresistible! Full of fruity goodness and the glaze makes it even more yummy!

  21. I'm sure I like these fruity muffins. Furthermore with glazing! Looking forward the exciting event. Happy new year!

  22. Ooh, these muffins look perfect! Blueberry muffins are a classic :)

  23. I love the combo of blueberries and dry fruit. really yum.

  24. Wow Zoe, your muffins are sure exploding in the extra amount of fruits in it...they look awesome.
    Happy 2013 and have a great week ahead!

  25. Happy New Year Zoe! Would be happy to join your pineapple event ;)

  26. These look gorgeous, so pretty and full of fruity goodness. Your orange and cinnamon glaze tops them off nicely.

  27. Little thumbs up - Facebook like ?! lol I guess I'll look for some cute thumb(s) then :D Another fun baking/cooking event , Zoe ;) Fruitylicious muffins indeed ! Your muffins look absolutely delish !

  28. The shape of Fruitburst Muffins look so cute and lovely. This cake must be really rich.

  29. Mmm filled with so much fruity goodness - delicious :)

  30. Happy New Year Zoe! Hey no apologies!, I too sometimes got carried away with other commitments and can't leave comments on fellow bloggers' posts. But it's all good ya...we are all a nice understanding bunch, haha! BTW, your pictures of this fruitburst muffins got my mouth water! Since my daughter loves (x10) blueberry, think I will take up your recommendation and bake it tomorrow! Thanks Zoe!

  31. aahhh ! Zoe these muffins look amazing!!!

  32. muffins looks not only healthier but just divine! great work, zoe. love the look of them x

  33. nice day :)
    hargailah hari kemaren,
    mimpikanlah hari esok,
    tetapi hiduplah untuk hari ini.
    bagi-bagi motivasinya yaah...

    1. Hi Saifudin,

      I hope that I get the translation right for your comment... Did you mean this?
      respect yesterday,
      dream is tomorrow,
      but live for today.
      for-the motivations Yeah...

      Thumb up for your comment :D


  34. Delicious looking muffins, very fruity!
    All the best in your new event!

  35. yes, definately thumbs up for these fruity muffins!! pineapples..pineapples..pineapples...:D

  36. Such beautiful muffins! They looks delicious! A belated happy new year to you and yours, and I look forward to taking part in the 'Little Thumbs Up' blog hop in February!

  37. Great muffins. I am happy to be part of the "Little Thumbs up" pineapple event. Looking forward to all the great recipes...

  38. Burst with flavors Zoe! I love them and especially the glaze!

  39. Your muffins looks marvelous. Love the texture and the moistness. Your idea to start with pineapple is really great. I love pineapples and can't wait to see mouthwatering recipes. good luck with your event.

  40. These sound incredible! I'm always struggling to find a quick but healthy breakfast, these sound like the perfect fit for healthy and on-the-go breakfast. Good luck with "Little Thumbs Up" - love the name of it!