These little bakes are super delicious, Moist and tender and full of flavour. I do recommend making them as they are super easy and the mixture can be stored ahead and kept in the fridge until you’re ready to bake.
You can vary the fillings and flavours very easily as I regularly do, to create a new bake. The only ingredient you need to include is a grated apple or pear as this gives the muffins their moist texture.
I like a teaspoon of ground ginger in these muffins but you could substitute cinnamon or another spice according to taste.
This recipe gives enough mixture to make 6 medium to large muffins. Double it for 12.
I made these muffins in a quirky Silverwood muffin tin, available pretty easily in the UK, but if you’re in Australia like me, you will need to go to Blackwood Lane in Melbourne to buy them. An ordinary muffin tin works just as well.
2 free-range eggs
140g raw sugar
100g apples, unpeeled and grated
75ml vegetable oil
150g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
¼ tsp salt
A handful of blackberries for the mixture plus extra for decoration
2 or 3 puréed blackberries with a squeeze of lime or lemon and enough icing sugar to make a glaze.
Pre-heat the oven to 160 degrees fan-forced 180 degrees non fan-forced.
Using an electric mixer and the whisk attachment, whisk the eggs until they are foamy. Then slowly pour in the sugar and whisk until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture has doubled in size.
Still using the whisk, mix in the grated apple and oil. With a metal spoon or spatula, gently fold in the flour, baking powder, ginger and salt.
The mixture can be baked straight away, but leaving it in the fridge for a few hours or even overnight gives the flour a chance to hydrate and the baking powder to activate, resulting in a more consistent muffin texture.
When ready to bake, grease your muffin tin. If you want to use a fancy tin, my advice is to butter and flour very carefully to avoid the muffins sticking. I actually butter the molds, stick in the fridge for 10 minutes, then butter again, and finally flour.
If using a traditional muffin tin, after greasing you can line the holes with large squares of baking paper to encase the muffins.
Spoon in the muffin mixture to fill the cavities 3/4 full.
At this point pop several blackberries into each muffin, mixing in carefully. The blackberries are put in last to stop them breaking up too much.
Place the muffins in the oven and cook for about 20 minutes, inserting a skewer into the muffins to check if they are cooked.
Remove the muffins from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 5–10 minutes. Carefully remove from the tin, leaving the baking paper case on, if using, and place on a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the blackberry glaze, purée the blackberries and put through a sieve to remove the seeds. Mix with the lime or lemon juice and enough icing sugar to achieve the desired consistency.
Spoon the blackberry glaze over the muffins, allowing a little to drop down the sides.
Optional: a blackberry placed on top of each muffin for decoration.