Peach and Apricot Muffins

The following article is written from the perspective of my boyfriend Matt:

Amongst the plethora of anniversary presents I brought with me down to London was Muffin Bible (Penguin books, priced £8.99 on amazon.co.uk), which went down a storm. After flicking through the pages on the train journey to the Chudy household, we decided upon cooking Peach and Apricot muffins, a recipe inspired in equal part by my girlfriend’s new book, and her baking know-how. Be warned however the recipes in Muffin Bible use American measurement, and the recipe we used made a mother-load of muffin batter, so halving or even quartering the quantities is advised.

Speaking as the primary meat/dairy/egg eating taste tester (more evidence of this later), I can say that the muffins were a huge success, though the sheer quantity made has led to Emily force feeding me them/fattening me up. We’re also making a roast for Emily’s mum and sister tonight, so we’ll post that later.

Peach & apricot muffins

Ingredients

2 cups of chopped peaches (fresh or canned)

4 cups of flour

2 cups of sugar

2 teaspoons of baking powder

3 eggs

3/4 of a cup of oil

2 cups of milk

Apricot jam for filling

Icing sugar, water and lemon rind for the icing

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
  2. Mix flour, sugar and baking powder together and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, oil and milk.
  4. Add flour mixture and combine gently, fold in peaches and try not to over-mix the batter.
  5. Spoon into muffin-cases – put 1/3 of the mixture in, then put a teaspoon of apricot jam in the middle, then cover with more mixture until the cases are 2/3 full. Put them in the oven for 20/25 minutes.
  6. Make the icing by mixing about 50g of icing sugar with enough water to make it stiff but pour-able, then mix in the rind of one lemon. Decorate when the cakes are cool.

Serves… A lot. We made over 35 muffins and there was still half of the mixture left

Around 200 calories each – guesswork based on the amount we made, probably not at all accurate :\

My spaghetti carbonara with 3 different meats – chicken, bacon and chorizo. Emily looked scared.

Emily’s slightly healthier dinner – grilled tofu, sweet potato and veggies.

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