Stollen Muffins

A twist on the usual Christmas Stollen, we’ve turned ours into muffins. These perfectly portioned treats are brilliant to have ready for when friends and family pop round during the festive period. With pockets of marzipan, cherries and raisins, these are sure to go down well this Christmas!

Ingredients

Makes 12.

180g self-raising flour
60g ground almonds
1tsp baking powder
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp mixed spice
190ml Mellow Yellow Rapeseed Oil
50ml whole milk
180g soft light brown sugar
3 eggs
½ tsp vanilla extract
50g morello cherries, plus 6 for topping
120g marzipan, cut into ½cm cubes
80g mixed raisins
40g blanched almonds, chopped
Zest of 1 lemon, grated
Flaked almonds to decorate
Icing sugar, to decorate

Method

Preheat your oven to 190C / 170C fan. Mix together your flour, ground almonds, baking powder, nutmeg and mixed spice and put to one side. In a separate mixing bowl, cream together your Mellow Yellow Rapeseed Oil, milk and sugar with an electric whisk until it reaches a thick, almost caramel-like consistency. Beat your eggs in a jug with your vanilla extract, then pour this into the mixture a little at a time, whilst still whisking. Fold in your flour mixture, followed by the marzipan, raisins, cherries, almonds and lemon zest. Pour into 12 muffin cases and decorate each with a sprinkling of flaked almonds and half a cherry. Bake for 20-25 minutes and leave to cool on a wire rack. Dust with icing sugar and enjoy.

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