Friday 19 August 2011

Morning munchies!

This morning Abi and I were peckish from something a little different from our usual weetabix, so I had a flick through some recipe books (just to make sure I was along the right lines for quantities) and came up with these Breakfast Muffins.

Now, I don't want to disappoint anyone, so i'll make it clear now- these are *Proper Breakfast Muffins*, no moist, unctuous goo, no sugary-sweet treatiness, just a beautifully hefty crumb with the slight chewiness of oats and sweetly juicy bursts of dried fruit. Gorgeous warm from the oven for breakfast, possibly dripping with melted butter...maybe even some jam or lemon curd on the side, too...

Breakfast Muffins (makes 12)

Dry Ingredients:

2 cups Plain Flour
1/2 cup Oats
1 cup Sultanas or Raisins (or any dried fruit, I suppose, as long as you chop it to raisin size!)
3/4 cup Sugar
2 heaped tsps Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Bicarb of Soda
1 tsp Ground Mixed Spice

Wet Ingredients:

2 Clementines (juice of)
50ml Light Flavourless Oil (we use groundnut)
Make this up to 200ml total liquid with milk (whatever sort you like- we used soya)
2 Eggs

Preheat your oven to 200ÂșC

Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases.

Stir the dry ingredients together in a large bowl

Beat the 2 eggs in to the container with the other wet ingredients.

Add all the wet ingredients in to the bowl with the dry and combine. Try not to over mix as this can toughen the crumb, even leaving the occasional swirl of dry ingredients peeking through the mix is ok!

Divide the mix evenly between the 12 cases (they'll be about 3/4 full).

Bake in the middle of the oven for 17-20 mins.

Serve warm.


If you don't have any clementines, use 100ml fruit juice.

To boost the citrus flavour (it's very subtle) add the zest of the clementines (or whatever other citrus fruit you may have used).

If you have time, you could soak the dried fruit in the fruit juice first to make them extra juicy- just strain the fruit into the jug before topping up the juice with the other wet ingredients, and stir the fruit in to the dry ingredients before combining the wet and dry together.


Vivienne Percy said...

These look yummy and fat free too! ...... delicious start to any day.... wish I was nearer, brekkies are a bit boring without you guys!

Cally said...

Hi Abigail, great to get your comment all the way from Belfast!

I definitely highly highly recommend the Vitamix. I now consider it indispensable and worth every expensive penny. I'm beginning to think I might love it more than my laptop.

Hope Belfast life is suiting you well, I'm so out of the loop with checking blogs but you look mega happy on your photo so I'm guessing it agrees with you.

Cally said...

Twice in one day, on a roll. Got your reply and replied back but thought I'd post it here in case you didn't see it...

Blimey, you've both been through the mill a bit. Can't imagine you not doing jewellery but if the homewares are working out it totally makes sense. IBS is such a buggr, I sympathise and hope you both have a healthier ear moving forward. The Vitamix certainly has made these things easier for me. Not a cure-all, but definitely a boost in the face of too many other negative factors.

Take care and good health.