An Easter treat

8 Apr

Happy Easter everyone!

My Easter Sunday has been spent eating my weight in chocolate courtesy of a 1kg egg from the boyfriend (don’t worry I haven’t eaten it all-and we’re sharing it) and baking simnel muffins.
I used a recipe from one of my Christmas presents, GoodFood’s 101 cakes and bakes and for a first attempt I don’t think they turned out too badly.


In case you want the recipe:

Makes 12. Takes approx 1-2hr
Ingredients:
– 250g mixed dried fruit
– grated zest and juice of 1 medium orange
– 175g butter, softened
– 175g golden caster sugar
– 3 eggs, beaten
– 300g self-raising flour
– 1tsp mixed spice
– 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
– 5tbsp milk
– 175g marzipan
For decorating:
– 200g icing sugar
– 2 tbsp orange juice
– a big bag of mini eggs

Method:
1. Tip the fruit into a bowl, add zest and juice and leave to soak for one hour (or microwave on medium for 2mins if short of time);
2. Line 12 deep muffin tins with paper cases and preheat oven to 180C/gas mark 4/160C fan oven.
3. Beat together butter, sugar, eggs, flour, spices and milk until light and fluffy (approx 3-5mins) then stir in fruit well.
4. Half fill the muffin cases with the mixture. Divide the marzipan into 12 equal pieces, roll into balls


then flatten with your thumb. Put one into each muffin case


and spoon the rest of the mixture over. Bake for 25-30 minutes until risen, golden and firm to the touch. Leave to cool.
5. Beat together the icing and orange juice to make icing thick enough to coat with the back of a wooden spoon. Drizzle over the cooled muffins and top with a cluster of eggs.

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