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Friday, 13 April 2012

Katherine's Spiced Fruit Muffins

Bowing to public pressure, here is my world-famous-in-my-garden muffin recipe.
It's really easy, and you can use whatever fruit you have. I experiment with mixtures, for example banana with apricot yoghurt. Rhubarb is nice too. If there's nothing else, even apple and chopped dates will get favourable comments.

Mix together: 1 1/2 cups white flour
1/2 cup oat bran
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda (soda bic)
Heat together 1 cup lightly stewed diced fruit and 50 gm butter, just enough to melt the butter.
Add 1 egg and mix.
Add 2/3 cup yoghurt and mix again.
Fold wet into dry ingredients. Mixture will start to rise immediately. Don't over-mix or the muffins will be rubbery.
Quickly put spoonfuls into a greased muffin tin and bake at 200ÂșC for 10 - 15 minutes or until golden.

Makes 9 large or 12 small muffins.


  1. Shirley will be delighted to have this. Isn't there a chant you must say when stirring?

  2. muffins accordinging to my cardiologist are not good for mine heart

  3. see now I struggle.... a) I don't know what 1 cup (or indeed part thereof) measurement is..... and there is no number (or letter for that matter) "b)" because I've just worked out - rather dimly, that "soda bic" is what we call "bicarbonate of soda".... I'm a bit poorly so you can forgive my stupidity I hope! Otherwise I will be sure to give this a whirl - especially with rhubarb!!

  4. it's apparently not so much a muffin "chant" that's required as a dance...... ka mate ka mate!