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Simnel muffins

Simnel muffins

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep: -
  • Easy
  • Makes 12

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

Nutrition: per muffin
HighlightNutrientUnit
kcal465
fat17g
saturates8g
carbs79g
sugars42g
fibre2g
protein6g
low insalt0.61g
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Ingredients

  • 250g mixed dried fruit
  • 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

Method

  • STEP 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.

  • STEP 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.

  • STEP 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.

  • STEP 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.

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Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2002

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