Tuesday, 13 April 2010

simnel muffin recipe

i got asked by a few friends for a recipe for these muffins - to be honest i kind of make baking up as i go along but a made a second batch on sunday as we had family over so here's more or less what i did

3oz of soft brown sugar
1oz of white caster sugar
4oz of stork margarine
4oz self raising flour
2 medium free range eggs
1 cup full of raisons soaked in Disaronno Ameretto
mixed spice {to taste}
BIG block of golden marzipan
icing sugar
food colouring
mini choclate eggs


1: roll out your marzipan on a flat surface sprinkled with a little icing sugar, using a round cutter, cut out 12 discs of marzipan to decorate the tops of the muffins and 12 smaller discs to be baked in the cakes

2: next cream the sugars and margarine
{i use an ancient Kenwood mixer}

3: slowly mix in the eggs

4: sift and mix in the flour
add the mixed spice to taste

5: mix in the raisons by hand
save the liquor that didn't get soaked up

6: pre-heat your oven to whatever temp you
normally cook cupcakes/muffins

7: add a small spoonfull of mixture
to each muffin case smooth out a little

8: add smaller disc of marzipan
then another spoonfull of cake mixture

9: cook 'em!
not sure how long i cooked them for as i was busy chatting away!
when they are golden brown and spring back to touch
they are done :o)

10: leave them to cool awhile
then using the saved Ameretto paint the bottoms of the discs of marzipan and stick to muffin top
{he he he}
i painted the tops too
then popped 'em under a medium grill
till they were toasted golden brown.

11: again leave them to cool
then mix up some icing
add a bit of colouring - i used violet paste
add a little dollop in middle and add eggs then drizzle the icing around the eggs to give impression of a nest
add a little more colour and repeat

12: QUICK EAT THEM - before someone else does!!!

this recipe makes a dozen muffin sized cakes
hopefully this all makes sense
i am a marzipan addict so i make the marzipan tops quite thick - you may want to use less marzipan!


Vintage to Victorian said...

They look - and sound - yummy, but it would be fatal if I attempted to make cakes. Cake making was never my forté but regardless of how they turned out I'd need to eat them all!!!

Thanks for your visit to the Dairy House blog ;o)


Celeste said...

Wow love this idea! Definitely saving this recipe for when I've reached my target on my diet (a few more weeks).

I love marzipan too, but I've never known what to do with it other than put it on cakes, or eat it straight out of the packet. :/

Clare said...

mmm, they look delicious, i ♥ simnel cakes x

JuicyFig said...

They look delicious! I love the decorations on them as well - yumm!!!!


dichro-findings said...

I'ma fellow Marzipan Addict . . got it from my Mum who is a Baker and Confectioner by trade :o)

This looks yummy . . gonna have a go at it later this week!

Sprittibee said...

I found you on flickr and am in love with your creativity. I would like to use one of your photos for a graphic I am making for a swap. ;) I sortof stole it and am currently crafting my graphic, but if you have a problem with it - let me know and I'll delete. ;)

Thanks so much!!! I hope you'll say yes.

Sprittibee said...

The Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/26594226@N04/3228935149/in/photostream/ (sorry I left that off)

Blogger said...

Did you know that you can shorten your long urls with Shortest and make dollars from every visitor to your shortened links.