Look out for attractive clear jars - either glass or plastic - to show off the layers of the muffin mix.
Adapt the flavour
The spices and dried fruit for this mix can be
adapted to suit the recipient’s taste.
Layer all the ingredients in a 1 litre glass or plastic preserving jar in the order the ingredients are listed.
Write the following method on a gift label: ‘Tip the contents of the jar into a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre and add 2 beaten eggs, 300ml/½pt milk and 100g/4oz melted butter. Mix quickly and lightly to a soft batter. Divide between 12 muffin cases. Bake at 190C/fan 170C/gas 5 for 18-20 mins. Use within 4 weeks.’ Attach the label and a wooden spoon to the top of the jar with some raffia or coloured ribbon.