Simnel muffins

Simnel muffins

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Cooking time

Prep: 45 mins - 55 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes 12

A new twist on a traditional recipe and perfect for getting the kids involved in the festivities

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per muffin

kcalories
465
protein
6g
carbs
79g
fat
17g
saturates
8g
fibre
2g
sugar
42g
salt
0.61g

Ingredients

  • 250g mixed dried fruits
  • grated zest and juice 1 medium orange
  • 175g softened butter
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 5 tbsp milk
  • 175g marzipan
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp orange juice for mixing
  • mini eggs

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Method

  1. Tip the fruit into a bowl, add the zest and juice and microwave on medium for 2 minutes (or leave to soak for 1 hour). Line 12 deep muffin tins with paper muffin cases.
  2. Preheat the oven to fan 180C/ 160C/gas 4. Beat together the butter, sugar, eggs, flour, spices and milk until light and fluffy (about 3-5 minutes) – use a wooden spoon or hand held mixer. Stir the fruit in well.
  3. Half fill the muffin cases with the mixture. Divide the marzipan into 12 equal pieces, roll into balls, then flatten with your thumb to the size of the muffin cases. Put one into each muffin case and spoon the rest of the mixture over it. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until risen, golden and firm to the touch. Leave to cool.
  4. Beat together the icing sugar and orange juice to make icing thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Drizzle over the muffins and top with a cluster of eggs. Leave to set. Best eaten within a day of making.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2002

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janrice's picture
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I've just made these for the children's egg hunt tomorrow, I'm glad I made double as I think they are so delicious they're not going to last long! I haven't put icing on them as I think it makes them too sweet, so have just rested a mini egg on top. I'll definitely be making these again!

lorainewith1r's picture
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Sorry forgot to rate! 5 stars from me and also should have mentioned that I put a few drops of yellow colouring in the icing for the Easter

lorainewith1r's picture
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Have just made these to bring into work tomorrow for a Good Friday treat. My husband was the first to taste and has just come into the kitchen for another one, so had to taste for myself! They are really lovely and moist and will be making another batch of them for Easter Sunday.

bobbiepotter's picture
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I made these for giving out after the Mothering Sunday service in our village church last year. I topped each one with a crystallised primrose, which took hours to make. The must have gone down well beacuse I have been asked to make 4 dozen for this year. Quick, easy and just right for the occasion.

laonie's picture

These sound yummy. I suspect the weight of the marzipan will stop the muffins from rising properly, so I'm going to leave it out and add a few drops each of almond and vanilla essence instead. The method sounds odd for an ordinary muffin, but not so much if you think of them in terms of being 'cakey'. I'm going to make a test batch this weekend. If they're good, I'm going to make them for Christmas breakfast; iced and decorated with a hand-made marzipan pear. I'll rate after I've made them.

abii's picture

These look great and have a light, tea bread texture. I'm not a fan of marzipan and others said they didn't need them either, but the surprise in the middle is cool so next time I will try a layer of lemon curd instead.

sherdy16's picture

Made these yesterday only additon was a grated lemon and it's juice to 1/2 to the mixture and 1/2 to the icing as the orange I had was a bit dry.Worked a treat family loved them and asked for them to go on the " Do-again-able" list......happy days just need to try gluten free so I can have them to.

insc123's picture
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Made these this afternoon, they turned out really well and tasted fantastic. Will definitely make them again.

kyber1993's picture
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Straightforward recipe but next time I would make the muffins without the icing or eggs - just too many flavours otherwise.

cookiemonster799's picture

Can these be frozen?

hippyfly's picture

I made these for a fairtrade coffee morning they were holding at my sons school, the muffins were amazing. They were absolutely delicious, all of the family enjoyed them too.

Pynner's picture
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these are lovely - my friends asked for the recipe

suzy30uk's picture

Question. Can I make this as a slab cake and bake in a loaf tin? Anyone tried?

basscave-noms's picture
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Oops! Forgot to rate!

basscave-noms's picture
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We made these as a present for our family this Easter and they went down very well!
I believe they were all gone in a matter of minutes!

jaxleflax's picture

Great recipe,I would make cupcake size and cut dowm on the marzipan.My daughters comment after tasting was a" bit too busy to much going on".

skylarksarah's picture

This recipe is cool

jackykelly's picture
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This is the second year I have made these and they are delicious. I have just had to make a second batch as they were so popular, the first batch barely lasted a day. The only problem I have is getting the marzipan into the muffins before my son eats it all !!!

mifmif5's picture
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Very lovely, great easter treat and good with icing or without. Very light muffins as long as you don't overmix the batter.

Will make again.

tylerreeve's picture

I made these with my children for the family for Easter gifts. Luckily the recipe was generous so there was some spare for us to have.They were great:)

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