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Blackberry, White Chocolate and Hazel Muffins

Blackberry, White Chocolate and Hazel (or Cobnut) Muffins


Makes: 12 large muffins

Ingredients:

  • 300g plain white flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100ml milk
  • 100ml plain yoghurt
  • 100g butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 200g blackberries (leave a few out for the top)
  • 100g white chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 50g hazel or cob nuts, toasted then chopped

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C/Gas 6.
  2. Fill a muffin baking tin (12s) with large muffin cases.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together. Beat the eggs with the sugar until pale and foamy.
  4. Add the milk, yoghurt and the vanilla essence
  5. Fold in the flour along with the melted butter, then fold in the blackberries, chocolate & nuts.
  6. Spoon into large muffin cases.Top with a few blackberries. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 25-30 minutes, until risen and golden.Leave to cool on a wire cooling rack. Eat immediately.

Tips

  • The trick is not to over mix muffin mixtures. Just stir until the flour is blended in, don’t try and get a smooth mixture because it won’t rise properly!
  • When you buy vanilla extract, make sure it is extract or essence and not vanilla flavouring. You can tell by price as pure vanilla is very expensive and flavouring is cheap. Vanilla flavouring has a horrible artificial taste and will ruin the muffins.
  • Best eaten the same day, but they will keep for a couple of days in an airtight container or freeze. We make a whole tray and freeze half. They defrost overnight at room temperature and make great lunchbox or picnic treats. They are even better warmed through in the oven to reheat the chocolate.

Other delicious choices for muffins, quantity wise aim for 200g in total of fruit. Our favourites are:

Sweet

Dried apricot and dark chocolate

Apricot, White Chocolate and almond

Apple and blueberry with cinnamon.

Dark chocolate and raspberries.

Banana & Milk Chocolate & walnut

Savoury

Feta, rocket and pine nut

Stilton and apple

Cheddar and chive with sunflower seeds

Roasted squash

Sun dried tomato and Mozzarella

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