Here is a bit of a twist on the traditional Simnel cake for Easter, Simnel muffins..!
They have a delicious little nugget of marzipan hidden in the middle, and you can decorate the tops with mini eggs, which always makes them a hit for the Small people….
The recipe is from Good Food Magazine’s 101 Cakes and Bakes book.
This is what you need:
- 250g dried mixed fruit (or just raisins if you have a ‘peel hater’ in the family…)
- grated zest and juice of 1 medium orange
- 175g butter at room temperature
- 3 large free range eggs
- 175g golden caster sugar
- 300g self raising flour
- 1 tsp mixed spice
- 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- 5 tbsp milk
- 175g marzipan
- icing sugar, orange juice and mini eggs to decorate
This is what you do:
- Tip the fruit into a microwavable bowl, add the orange zest and juice and microwave on medium for 2 minutes (alternatively, if you are organised enough, you can just leave it all to soak for an hour)
- Line 12 deep muffin tins with paper cases
- Pre-heat the oven to 18-C/gas mark 4/fan oven 160C
- Beat together the butter, sugar, eggs, flour, spices and milk until light and fluffy-should take about 3-5mins
- Stir in the fruit
- Half fill the muffin cases with the mixture.
- Divide the marzipan into 12 equal(ish!) pieces, roll into balls and then flatten with your thumb
- Put one in each muffin case and then spoon the rest of the mix over the top
- Bake for 25-30mins until risen, golden and firm to the touch
- Remove and leave to cool completely before decorating
- Beat together 200g icing sugar and 2 tbsp (ish) orange juice to make the icing (it should coat the back of a wooden spoon)-drizzle over the cooled muffins, and then pile high with mini eggs!