Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Fruit & Nut Muffins

1 orange
1 ripe banana
handful of pecans or hazelnuts,chopped
handful dried cranberries
300 g flour
2 tsp baking powder
90 g sugar
2 eggs
110 ml natural yogurt or sour cream
110 ml milk
few drops of vanilla extract
50 ml melted butter

Grate the zest from the orange into a mixing bowl.
Add the banana & mash up well with fork.
Add the juice of half of the orange,chopped nuts & cranberries,mix it together.
Sift the flour & baking powder into a separate large mixing bowl.Add the sugar & stir together.
Preheat the oven to 190 C.
Grease a 12-hole muffin tin with butter.
Crack the eggs into a bowl & whisk with fork.
Measure the yogurt or sour creamin a jug,then add milk & vanilla extract & butter.
Pour in the eggs.Whisk it through.
Pour the egg mixture onto the flour.Quickly & gently mix everything together-dont overmix or muffins wont be light.
The mixture will look slightly lumpy.
Add the mashed banana,dried fruit & nuts & mix it together,remember not to overmix,really only as much you really need to.
Spoon into the muffin holes & bake for 25 min until well risen & golden brown.
Cool in the tin slightly ,then put on a wire rack .
Dust with icing sugar just before serving.

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