Easter simnel muffins

03 April 2020

These muffins use the traditional simnel flavours in individual portions. They're topped with a drizzle of icing sugar and mini eggs, making them ideal for children.

Preparation time

15 minutes

Cooking time

25-30 minutes

Makes

12



Ingredients

  • 250g mixed dried fruit
  • 1 orange, zest and juice
  • 175g butter, softened
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 300g Carr’s Self Raising Flour
  • 1½ tsp mixed spice
  • ½ tsp nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 5 tbsp milk
  • 200g marzipan
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 1 lemon, juice
  • Mini chocolate eggs

Method

1. Tip the fruit into a bowl, add the orange zest and juice and leave to soak for 1 hour.

2. Line 12 deep muffin tins with muffin cases. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/Fan 160ºC/Gas 4.

3. Beat together the butter, sugar, eggs, flour, mixed spice, nutmeg and milk until light and fluffy, then stir the fruit in well.

4. Cut 100g of marzipan into small pieces and stir into the cake mix.

5. Divide the mix evenly between the muffin cases and bake for 25-30 minutes, until risen, golden and firm to touch. Leave to cool.

6. Beat together the icing sugar and lemon juice to make icing thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon.

7. With the remaining marzipan, make 12 discs to fit on top of each muffin. Stick onto the top of each muffin with a little bit of icing and toast (brown off), either using a blow torch or placing under a hot grill, until golden.

8. Allow the marzipan to cool then drizzle the icing over the top, add a cluster of eggs and leave to set.

Our thanks to Carr's Flour for providing this recipe, carrsflour.com

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