Saturday at English Towers is a bit of a lazy affair. With both boys now breaking into teenage territory, nobody surfaces very early, and, inevitably, everyone wants to eat crap when they finally appear. This recipe is a nice quick one – easy to make and a stealthy way to introduce a bit of fruit into the proceedings. Use whatever fruit you have to hand – with Christmas fast approaching (am I allowed to utter the C word yet?), cranberries are seasonal, but a couple of squished bananas make an easy substitute too.
120g butter, melted
200g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
125 g caster sugar
150 – 200g berries – raspberries, blueberries, strawberries or a frozen berry mix
Handful porridge oats.
Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas mark 4 and pop some paper cases into a 12-hole muffin tin.
Weigh out the butter and pop it into a pyrex jug or something microwaveable. Melt it in the microwave, then add in the milk and eggs. Whisk well. Meanwhile sift the flour and baking powder together, then stir in the sugar.
Make a well in the centre of the floury mixture and stir in the liquid mixture. Remember the GMR (Golden Muffin Rule), which is to just barely combine the ingredients – it doesn’t matter if you can still see the odd bit of flour, just don’t overmix it. Lastly, fold in the berries/banana/whatever and the handful of oats and spoon the batter into the muffin cases:
Bake for 25 minutes or until risen and firm to the touch. Cool slightly on a wire rack, but honestly these are really best served warm and eaten the same day.
NOTE: I’ve only given a rough weight for the fruit as punnet weights differ. 200g is an awful lot of blueberries, so if you prefer your muffins less fruity, cut it down to 150g. I used a 170g punnet of very unseasonal and shamefully imported raspberries last Saturday and it was the perfect amount.
Becky is a 40-year-old mum of two boys and writes successful foodie blog www.englishmum.com. She works from home writing, testing and developing recipes and has a serious cakey bun addiction and a tendency to eat too much chocolate. Twitter: @EnglishMum