Christmas morning coffee and pecan crumble muffins


First published in 2015
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You know how frantic things can be on Christmas morning, all the frenzied unwrapping of presents by the little ones and the last minute peeling of potatoes as well as preparing the sprouts. Well, today’s recipe for Christmas morning coffee and pecan crumble muffins are an absolute godsend! These muffins can be made weeks in advance before being frozen and defrosted overnight, and then all you have to do is pop them in a warm oven to serve them on Christmas morning.

I love the classic Christmas breakfast of smoked salmon with scrambled eggs, but there is something rather indulgent about these coffee and chocolate flavoured muffins with their crunchy pecan crumble topping, and they are just perfect with a cup of coffee too. If you do have time to make them in the morning, to get ahead you can weigh all the ingredients out the night before and make the crumble topping too.

Serve these muffins warm with a pot of coffee and watch them disappear off the table in a trice – if you are worried about the caffeine, then just use decaffeinated coffee in the recipe, there will be no difference in the taste. I added a little natural red food colouring in mine to given them a lovely festive red colour, similar to red velvet cakes, but this is completely optional. It is a nice idea to serve them in red or green paper muffin cases though, for a bit of Christmas dressing!

The recipe for these Christmas morning coffee and pecan crumble muffins is below, and all that remains for me to say, is have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!





  • 150g of self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 150g of soft brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp of espresso coffee, mixed with 1 tbsp hot water
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 100g of butter, melted
  • 1 tsp red food colouring, (optional)

Crumble topping

  • 90g of plain flour
  • 50g of butter
  • 50g of caster sugar
  • 50g of pecan nuts, chopped
Preheat oven to 180°C/gas mark 4
Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases. Make the crumble mixture by rubbing the butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs, then add the sugar and chopped pecans – set aside
Place all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl and then add the wet ingredients – mix well but do not over mix – it’s perfectly fine for the batter to be lumpy
Spoon the batter into the paper cases. Sprinkle the crumble mixture over the top and bake in the pre-heated oven for 20 minutes until the muffins are well risen and the crumble topping is golden-brown
Remove from the oven and allow to cool before eating. Best eaten on the same day. These muffins can be frozen – just defrost overnight and reheat in a warm oven before serving
First published in 2015
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