Simnel muffins

  • Total Time

    55m
    • Prep Time

      25m
    • Bake Time

      30m
  • Serves

    12
  • Skill Level

    Easy
  • Dietary Needs

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This muffin version of the classic English light fruit cake were traditionally baked for Mother's Day, but are now associated more with Easter. They're a big hit with lovers of marzipan.

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan 160°C, gas mark 4). Place 12 muffin tulip wraps (available from all good supermarkets) in a 12 hole muffin tin.

  2. For the topping, beat the egg and stir through the flour and sugar and then add little pieces of the marzipan and put to one side. Don't worry what this looks like at this stage.

  3. In a large bowl whisk together both sugars with the butter until well combined. Gradually beat in the eggs.

  4. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda and mixed spice. Toss the fruit and cherries through the flour mixture to coat.

  5. Slowly add the flour mixture and buttermilk to the mixed sugar and butter alternately and mix together until just combined.

  6. Add the mixture to a large piping bag with no nozzle and fill each muffin wrap half way. Dot the 50g of marzipan over the muffins and then pipe the remaining muffin mixture into the wraps.

  7. Spoon over the marzipan topping using up all the sugary liquid. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes until a cocktail stick comes out clean from the sponge, not the marzipan. Cover with foil if browning too much.

  8. Remove and cool on a cooling rack.

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