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simnel muffin recipe
i got asked by a few friends for a recipe for these muffins - to be honest i kind of make baking up as i go along but a made a second batch on sunday as we had family over so here's more or less what i did

Posted by vInTaGe~VioLeT from Bideford, England, United Kingdom • Published See vInTaGe~VioLeT's 44 projects »
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  • Step 1

    roll out your marzipan on a flat surface sprinkled with a little icing sugar, using a round cutter, cut out 12 discs of marzipan to decorate the tops of the muffins and 12 smaller discs to be baked in the cakes

  • Step 2

    next cream the sugars and margarine
    {i use an ancient Kenwood mixer}

  • Step 3

    slowly mix in the eggs

  • Step 4

    sift and mix in the flour
    add the mixed spice to taste

  • Step 5

    mix in the raisons by hand
    save the liquor that didn't get soaked up

  • Step 6

    pre-heat your oven to whatever temp you
    normally cook cupcakes/muffins

  • Step 7

    add a small spoonfull of mixture
    to each muffin case smooth out a little

  • Step 8

    add smaller disc of marzipan
    then another spoonfull of cake mixture

  • Step 9

    cook 'em!
    not sure how long i cooked them for as i was busy chatting away!
    when they are golden brown and spring back to touch
    they are done :o)

  • Step 10

    leave them to cool awhile
    then using the saved Ameretto paint the bottoms of the discs of marzipan and stick to muffin top
    {he he he}
    i painted the tops too
    then popped 'em under a medium grill
    till they were toasted golden brown.

  • Step 11

    again leave them to cool
    then mix up some icing
    add a bit of colouring - i used violet paste
    add a little dollop in middle and add eggs then drizzle the icing around the eggs to give impression of a nest
    add a little more colour and repeat

  • How to bake a muffin. Simnel Muffins - Step 12
    Step 12

    QUICK EAT THEM - before someone else does!!!

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    this recipe makes a dozen muffin sized cakes
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    hopefully this all makes sense
    i am a marzipan addict so i make the marzipan tops quite thick - you may want to use less marzipan!

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