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Black-eyed beans are the lovely nutty beans that are popular in recipes from the deep south of America and, with the addition of other vegetables, they make very good beancakes.
It’s the hidden ingredient that’s the surprise. Mashed potato, often used in potato scones but even better in these small cakes – giving them a soft moist texture.
Apples, as I’ve said before, are good in cake recipes, adding fragrance as well as moisture. So they’re perfect for muffins. In the autumn you could replace one of the apples with an equal weight of blackberries
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.
It’s not easy to buy damsons, but it’s worth searching in farm shops and markets at the end of August. However, if they’re not forthcoming, you can still make these with chopped dark plums.
There were a few sceptics when, in my muffin madness, I suggested we try rhubarb. But if you chop it small it does what other fruits do, and releases its juicy fragrance, which permeates all through.
I just couldn’t stop eating these when we tested them, so for me this is another reason to look forward to the Christmas season. They are great at any time, but would be especially good for a celebratory breakfast on Christmas morning.
What’s good about changing seasons is looking forward to gooseberries, which only come once a year. They can of course be frozen but they’re never quite as good, so once a year make these glorious and very special muffins.
After the football cakes we felt we needed a very girly alternative – and these really fit the bill. The cakes are pretty and delicate. Inside each is a hidden strawberry to bite into...
A friend asked ‘Can you make iced poppy seed muffins as good as a famous coffee-shop chain?’ Answer, decidedly yes, but with add-ons. Much lighter, moister, much much more lemony without all the additives. And guess what? One fifth of the price!
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