1 : Caramelised plum

A good place to start when baking is to see what you have available. I found some plums in the fridge which were rather beyond eating but not beyond being cooked i.e. perfect for muffins. On googling “plum muffins” I found a recipe on bbc food. Not quite what I was looking for as it’s for a plum muffin dessert rather than inidividual muffins but the caramelised plums sounded good.So why not just add caramelised plums to my usual muffin mix. Et voila individual caramel plum muffins!

Caramelised Plum muffin

Ingredients

For the caramelised plums

  • 150g brown sugar
  • 75ml water
  • 4 plums, stones removed and chopped into small pieces

Heat the sugar and water in a saucepan over a gentle heat until dissolved and bubbling. Boil for 8-10 minutes, or until the sugar has melted. Add the plums, coat in the caramel and continue to boil until the caramel starts to reduce again.

For the muffin

  • 80g caster sugar
  • 270g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 85g butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 eggs
  • 150ml milk

Heat the oven to 200C. Mix the dry ingredients together. Mix the wet ingredients together. Add the wet to the dry then fold in the cooled caramel plums. Spoon the mixture into cases and bake for 16 minutes until golden and firm.

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