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Christmas Muffins

By WinnieNewland (GoodFood Community)
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  • Easy
  • Makes 12 muffins
Light fruit cake muffins with added marzipan for an individual Christmas cake taste.
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Ingredients

Cakes

  • 175g/7oz self raising flour
  • 175g/7oz light brown sugar
  • 175g/7oz butter or margarine
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp each mixed spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger
  • 50g/2oz raisins
  • 25g/1oz mixed peel
  • 25g/1oz diced glacé cherries
  • 1 packet of marzipan
  • 2 tbsp orange juice

Topping

  • 175g/7oz self raising flour
  • 175g/7oz light brown sugar
  • 175g/7oz butter or margarine
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp each mixed spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger
  • 50g/2oz raisins
  • 25g/1oz mixed peel
  • 25g/1oz diced glacé cherries
  • 1 packet of marzipan
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • Ginger jam
  • A handful of crystallised ginger pieces
  • A few more glacé cherries, chopped

Method

  • STEP 1
    Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Place 12 muffin cases in a muffin tin and set aside.
  • STEP 2
    Place the flour, butter, sugar, eggs, baking powder, spices into a bowl and beat until creamy.
  • STEP 3
    Fold in the raisins, peel and diced cherries and then the juice until combined.
  • STEP 4
    Roll out the marzipan into a sheet 0.5cm thick and cut into 24 small circles.
  • STEP 5
    Spoon half the mixture into the muffin cases, only half filling each.
  • STEP 6
    Lay a marzipan circle onto each cake, then fill up the cases with the rest of the mixture.
  • STEP 7
    Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean but the muffins are still springy to the touch. Leave to cool.
  • STEP 8
    When cool, spread each muffin with ginger jam and place a marzipan circle on top. Use a dab of jam to decorate with ginger and cherries.
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