My first ever post and I'm excited about sharing my food with you. I had to use the fact that it's Easter as an excuse to bake, so I decided to make a muffin version of the traditional simnel cake. So basically a mixed spice and raisin muffin with a layer of marzipan.. yum!
Ingredients (for 12 muffins)
250g dried fruit (raisins/sultanas)
175g caster sugar
1tsp mixed spice
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg (I replaced this with cinnamon)
5 tbsp milk
You need to start off by soaking 250g of raisins in the zest and juice of an orange.. the longer you leave it, the better the flavour! (I left mine in the fridge over night.) If you don't have time you can stick it in the microwave for 2 minutes.
Preheat the oven to gas 4/180C and line the muffin tin. Prepare the marzipan by dividing into 12 pieces and rolling into balls. Beat all the ingredients except the marzipan until light and fluffy, then stir in the fruit. Put a little mixture into each case, just under half full, then flatten each marzipan ball to make a circle and top the cake mixture with these, followed by the rest of the mixture. Bake for 25-30 minute and... voila!
Mine sadly didn't turn out quite as expected, there was so much mixture that I made 3 fairy cakes as well as the muffins. Because I put so much mixture in each case they spread alot, but didn't rise much so were pretty flat. I think the reason was that I placed too much mixture in the first layer before the marzipan, so there wasn't much mixture on top left to rise, hence why I've added into the recipe for the marzipan to be put in a little less than halfway. Not tried yet, but I'm sure that will create better results!
Now to make the cakes look a little more Easter-like, I mixed up some icing, with just icing sugar and the juice of an orange, and topped with some mini mini eggs (yes, even smaller than mini eggs, they were Asda own brand and cheaper!).
They taste amazing, and I will be wrapping the uneaten ones in silver foil to hide as part of an Easter egg hunt in my friends' garden tomorrow; the mini eggs qualify them for part of an egg hunt haha. Try these out, not just for Easter, they are scrumptious!