12 Sunflower Seed

Having been quite pleased with the results from the book 1001 cupcakes, cookies and other tempting treats I decided to try yet another. The occasion is breakfast for friends. They had to be pleasing for small children yet interesting for the adults and just a little bit healthy. I went for the sunflower seed muffin with oats and raisins number 105.

Sunflower Seed Muffin

Sunflower Seed Muffin

The results were a little bit stodgy. Perhaps a few too many sunflower seeds. If I did them again (and I’m not sure I would) I’d leave out the sunflower seeds in the mixture and add a little spice for flavour.

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11 Strawberry Pistachio

Strawberry Pistachio Muffin

Strawberry Pistachio Muffin

This summer for a dinner party I jazzed up my standard apple crumble by replacing the apples with strawberries and adding pistachios to the usual crumble topping. It worked an absolute treat and I have since done it a few more times. Then I wondered how that flavour combination would translate into a muffin. Strawberries are notoriously difficult to bake with. Previous attempts left the muffin a bit soggy. Then I hit on the idea of a strawberry jam middle and pistachios on the top. This worked a treat. However I would like to try it with a different muffin recipe as this one is a tad bland and well, doughnutty!
Adapted from 1001 cupcakes, cookies and other tempting treats recipe 742.

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