Is it just me, or is shopping for a newborn baby really hard?
I don’t have any younger family members and have always been pretty awful around children, so when it came to visiting my friends and their new baby for the first time I was a little daunted.
The advice other people gave me didn’t help either – don’t get toys, they’ll have loads already, don’t get newborn clothes, get 3/6/9 months clothes, but think about what time of year it will be when they get that old, etc etc…
Luckily, deciding what baked goods to take wasn’t anywhere near so tricky.
These muffins are quick and easy to make, transport well, suit both fruit and chocolate lovers, easy to eat while rushing around looking after baby and are nice and summery too – perfect!
The muffins went down well, and the baby gift I eventually decided on (tiger, lion, crocodile and zebra socks) was also ok, I think – at least socks can never be out of season…
Summer berry and white chocolate muffins (for baby Ethan!) (adapted from these muffins)
Makes 7 muffins (6 for the gift box, 1 for testing!)
- 140g plain flour
- 1/2 tbsp baking powder
- 75g caster sugar
- 100g frozen mixed summer berries (any large ones chopped)
- 100g white chocolate, chopped
- 1 egg
- 125ml milk
- 3tbsp sunflower oil
Combine the flour, baking power and caster sugar in a mixing bowl. Whisk together the egg, milk and sunflower oil then pour into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Fold until the mixture is just combined, then stir in the berries and 75g of the chocolate. Divide between 7 muffin cases, then sprinkle the remaining chocolate on top. Bake at 200 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until risen and golden and a skewer comes out clean.