As I recover from illness my priorities have not been in creating new muffin recipes. However while sitting on the sofa recuperating I have had a chance to look through some old blog posts and discovered these little gems on my other (sadly neglected) blog – uppercutcakes.com.
So I think the gist of the story is when life gives you prunes, use them to make muffins and then bribe your family with them. Prune and oatmeal muffins with maple syrup drizzle icing
1 cup self-raising flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 1/3 cups rolled oats
1 cup chopped pitted prunes
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup margarine, melted and cooled
1/4 cup golden syrup
1 large egg, beaten lightly
Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and bicarbonate of soda. Stir in the oats and the prunes. In another bowl whisk together the buttermilk, margarine, golden syrup and the egg. Add the wet mixture to the flour mixture and stir until the batter is just combined. Divide the batter evenly among 12 muffin tins and bake in the middle of a preheated (175°C.) oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until they are golden and springy to the touch. Turn the muffins out onto a rack and let them cool.
Make a little icing by adding maple syrup to some icing sugar and then drizzle over the top of the muffins.)
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.
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.