I thought I was so clever…
I thought I was a genius…
I thought I had this super cool original idea…
And then I googled it – ‘hot cross muffins’… and I discovered a whole lot of other people had stolen my super cool, genius, clever idea!
But I decided to make them anyway, and I’m glad I did because they are easy and delicious.
Ok, they are not quite the same as the sticky, yeasty, goodness of a traditional hit cross bun, but they only take five minutes to prepare, and 20 minutes to cook, and they cost a fraction of the price, and, if you make mini muffins you can quickly stuff two in your mouth and hide one in your hand as you sneak out of the pantry without the kids noticing! Now that, my friends, is genius!
- 2 1/2 cups self raising flour
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 2/3 oil
- 1 cup yoghurt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup of mixed dried fruit – sultanas, currants, peel
- Pre-heat your oven to approx 180 C and grease and flour your muffin tin, or using cupcake liners.
- In a large bowl combine the flour, spices and brown sugar, mixing well and making sure there are no lumps.
- In a separate bowl or jug, mix together the oil, eggs and yoghurt (you can use milk or butter milk if you like).
- Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture, add the we ingredients and mix until combined.
- Mix through the dried fruit
- Spoon the mixture into your prepared muffin tin, filling each spot 3/4’s full.
- Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the muffins just begin to brown on top.
- All to cool completely then mix a small amount of thick icing – 3 tbsp of icing sugar with a few drops of lemon juice or milk – and pipe icing crosses on your muffins.
Do you bake something special at Easter?
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