Rum Raisin Muffins

If you don't have time for the traditional Christmas Cake but feel you might be missing out...try these little delights. Baked in a muffin tin, these are more like mini cakes than a traditional muffin. However, serving them for a brunch with a nice cuppa wouldn't be all that bad either.
This is a recipe from a book which a friend gave me ...just in time for Christmas baking.
"Muffins - sweet and savory comfort food"@2008

1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup dried currants
1/2 cup dark rum or 2 tbsp rum extract plus 1/4 cup water
2 cups flour ( I used 1 1/2 cup white and 1/2 cup whole wheat)
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking pwd.
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg (I added 1/2 tsp cinnamon)
6 tbsp softened butter
1 cup sour cream
1 egg room temperature
3/4 tsp. vanilla


1/3 cup icing sugar (pwd. sugar)
a few drops of fresh lemon juice.

In a small bowl cover the rains and currants in rum and soak overnight, stirring occasionally.

Preheat oven to 400 ( My oven is always hotter so I use 375F) Spray muffins tins with nonstick spray or use muffin liners. Drain the raisin/currant mixture and reserve the extra rum.

Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg in a large bowl. Cut in butter until coarse meal forms. Mix in the pre-soaked raisin and currant mixture. In a small bowl whisk the sour cream, egg, vanilla and 2 tbsp. of the reserved rum until smooth. Stir into the flour mixture until just moistened. Fill the muffin cups to 3/4 full. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

To make the glaze, combine the icing sugar and lemon juice together with about 1 tbsp of the reserved rum. Drizzle the thin glaze over the slightly cooled muffins. Makes about 12 to 16 muffins depending on how big you make them.


  1. These muffins look wonderful Trish! But no more baking for me..I am all done and now we EAT!! ~groan~ Don't know what I call all the tasting I've done..

  2. Wishing you a Blessed and Merry Christmas with your families. The muffins look delish. If I can I may still make some in a snowman baking cupcakes, but larger and shaped like a snowman.