Chunky Marmalade Muffins

Imagine a cold, dark wintery morning, and you’d like to serve someone something really special for breakfast. Perhaps a birthday treat? Then look no further.

Makes 6 large muffins

This recipe is from Delia's Cakes

Chunky Marmalade Muffins
 150g plain flour
 1 level dessertspoon baking powder
 ¼ teaspoon salt
 zest and juice of 1 large orange
 1 heaped tablespoon ground almonds
 1 large egg
 a little milk
 50g block butter, melted and cooled slightly
 225g chunky Seville orange marmalade
To finish:
 2 heaped tablespoons marmalade, warmed
 Pre-heat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6
Equipment: You will need a Delia Online 6-cup Muffin Tray or similar, lined with paper muffin cases generously brushed with melted butter


With muffins it’s always a good idea to have everything weighed out and ready before you start.

When you have measured the orange juice into a jug, you need 120ml so if you don’t quite have that, make it up with some milk.

Before you start this one, tip the marmalade into a bowl and give it a really good stir with a wooden spoon to loosen it up a bit. Then begin by sifting the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl, lifting the sieve up high to give the flour a good airing.

Next, in another bowl, whisk together the orange juice and zest, almonds, egg, milk and melted butter.

Now return the dry ingredients to the sieve and sift them straight into the egg
mixture. (This double sifting is crucial because we won’t be doing much mixing.)

Now take a large metal spoon and fold the dry ingredients into the wet ones – the important thing is to do it quickly (i.e. in about 15 seconds).

What you mustn’t do is beat or stir, just fold it and ignore the uneven appearance of the mixture because it’s precisely this that makes the muffins really light. Over-mixing is where people go wrong.

Next, quickly fold in the marmalade (again no stirring).

Now divide the mixture between the muffin cases. Bake near the centre of the oven for 25 minutes until well-risen and golden brown.

Remove the muffins from the oven,and transfer them straightaway to a wire rack to cool. Brush them with the extra marmalade.

Store in an airtight tin.

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