Amaretto and Prune Muffins

Amaretto and Prune Muffins

by Carol Kearns

These indulgent muffins are perfect for the festive season. They've been created by Carol Kearns of The Art of Baking in a development of her wholesome but delicious Naked Barley Breakfast Muffin recipe, a transformation she describes along with a fashion tip for the Hodmedod team.

Remember those magazine articles that described how you could seamlessly move from day-time office wear to evening glamour with just the addition of a pair of sparkling earrings and a brighter shade of lipstick? [Needless to say Nick, Josiah, William and the rest of the Hodmedod team will be taking this fashion tip on board.]

Well, this is the baking equivalent - taking the delicious Naked Barley Breakfast Muffin recipe and turning it into something altogether more decadent with addition of a little alcohol. These Amaretto & Prune Muffins are perhaps not for breakfast but they're perfect at any other time of the day – and with all the superb flavour, texture and nutrition of naked barley flakes.

Makes 10 large muffins

Ingredients

  • 150g soft prunes, quartered
  • 4 tbsp Amaretto liqueur
  • 175g self-raising white flour
  • 125g self-raising wholemeal flour
  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 100g Naked Barley Flakes
  • 100g soft light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 100ml corn oil
  • 250ml semi-skimmed milk

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/GM5 and line a 12 hole deep muffin tin with 10 paper muffin cases.
  2. Put the prunes and Amaretto liqueur into a small saucepan and bring to the boil.
  3. Reduce the heat slightly and continue to cook for a further 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly, until all the Amaretto has been absorbed. Set aside to cool.
  4. In a large bowl, sift together the flours and spices tipping the bran left in the sieve into the bowl. Stir in the naked barley flakes and sugar. Make a well in the centre. In a separate bowl, mix together the egg, oil and milk.
  5. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry, add the cooled prunes and Amaretto and stir just until combined, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl as you stir. This mixing should be quick and light and not take more than 20 seconds. Do not overmix.
  6. Quickly fill the muffin cases about 2 thirds full and bake in the oven for about 25-30 minutes until well risen and golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  7. These are delicious while still slightly warm. If they’re not going to be eaten on the day they are baked they can be frozen and then taken out and thawed as required.
  8. If you prefer you can make slightly smaller muffins by dividing the mixture between 12 paper cases and baking for about 20-25 minutes.



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