Muffins … A healthier version packed with goodness …

I have started making muffins regularly with a variety of fresh fruit…. They are ideal for breakfast or a light lunch with a pot of fresh yoghurt. I cut down the sugar content and I add a different fresh fruit combination each time I bake.

This is the standard recipe I use and add fruit, nuts and other flavours:

60 g unsalted butter
280 g self raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
50 g honey
1 egg
250g (ml) skimmed milk

This makes 12 muffins.

Preheat oven to 180 C

Melt butter on low heat and put aside. Beat the egg in a separate bowl.
Sift the flour and baking into a large bowl.
Stir in the sugar
Add the milk to the melted butter and mix into the flour mixture.
Add the egg. Draw in the dry ingredients without overmixing.
Place muffin cases in muffin tin and put in a spoon of batter in each case.
Spoon in the fruit of your choice and see below for instructions and finished photos.
Top up with plain batter mix and sprinkle with more of the fruit mix.
Bake for about 20 minutes.
The muffins will be quite soft when you take them out of the oven because of the fresh fruit but they will firm up when they cool down.

Apple and Cinnamon Muffins. Finely chop up two apples with the skin on. Squeeze some fresh lemon and add a teaspoon of cinnamon. When they are cooked garnish with some thin apple slides. I griddle mine while I am waiting for the muffins to cook as I think they look very attractive.

Lemon and Sesame Seed Muffins. Add the grated rind of a lemon and two tablespoons of toasted sesame seeds into the standard muffin mix. Grate the rind of another lemon and mix with another tablespoon of toasted sesame seeds. Sprinkle half of this misted pre baking and keep the other half for garnishing after you take them out of the oven.

Strawberry Muffins. You will need a large tub of strawberries. Keep 6 aside for garnish and chop up the rest into small pieces. Add to the muffin mix and bake. When cool, cut the remaining strawberries in half and use to garnish the muffin. I like to keep the stem on for garnishing…

Peach and Vanilla Muffins. Chop up two peaches with skin on into small pieces. Add to muffin mix, add a few drops of vanilla extract and bake. Keep aside a third peach for garnish and shop into thin slices and arrange on muffin after it cools down.

Orange and Pistachio Muffins. Grate the rind of two oranges. Remove rind and segment the oranges. Chop roughly. Add half to the muffin mix together with the grated rind and finely chopped pre baking add the rest of the mix on top. Garnish with orange segments and a light sprinkle of finely chopped pistachios.

Almond and Cranberry Muffins. Add two spoons of ground almonds and two spoons of dried cranberries to the muffin mix. Sprinkle some roasted slivered almonds pre baking.

Optional for all muffins. You can lightly dust with some icing sugar before serving…..

It’s sunny and glorious today on this beautiful island in the Mediterranean …

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