St Stephen’s Day Muffins

Finally, here is my second post for the Irish Foodies Christmas Cookalong (I’m blaming the weather for the delay on this post – well we’re blaming it for everything else so why not?!) For my second recipe I chose St Stephen’s Day muffins from Rachel Allen’s Bake.  Himself LOVES Christmas pudding but sadly for him, Christmas pudding does not like him very much (by his own admission it “kills him”) so a couple of years ago I tried these out with some pudding that was left over and it went down a treat.

What you need:

1 egg

75ml milk

25g butter

2 tbsp sherry, whiskey or brandy

125g leftover Christmas pudding broken into lumps

125g plain flour

1tsp baking powder

½tsp mixed spice

75g caster sugar

  • Pre heat the oven to 180ºc, line your chosen muffin tin with paper cases (I usually get about 6 muffins with these quantities)
  • Whisk the egg in a bowl, then add the milk, melted butter, alcohol and the pieces of Christmas pudding.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder and mixed spice into another bowl.  Add the caster sugar and mix well.  Make a well in the centre, add the wet ingredients and mix together until a soft lumpy batter forms.
  • Spoon the mixture into the paper cases and bake in the oven for 20-25 mins for large muffins, 15-20 mins for buns and 10-15 mins for mini muffins.
  • Allow to cool on a wire rack then dust with icing sugar to serve.

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