Yesterday up here, it was absolutely freeezzziiinnggg!! It was even sleeting in the morning. I was all dressed ready for some lovely mild weather, took one look out the window, and then the thick neon blue socks and "uggy" boots went on! Madness! I knew when I got home I'd want to cook something comforting!
Normally on a Tuesday evening, I go dancing, but yesterday it wasn't on (which I didn't realise. I was driving round for ages looking like a weirdo trying to find out why the gates weren't open, then someone told me it was half-term! Duh!)
Anyway, when I got home I was a bit at a loss, so I decided to make some jam doughnut muffins! I don't know what it is with me and jam at the moment...we seem to have a thing going on! But these muffins are lovely and gooey beautiful. The recipe comes from a book I was given for Christmas one year, called 1 mix, 50 muffins.
I ALWAYS use muffin cases when I'm baking. It's a personal preference, but to me, it means that a)there is less washing up, and b) each muffin has it's own little house, which is perfect if you're thinking of sharing your baked goods!
Now, with muffins, once you have combined the ingredients, it's really important that you don't over mix!!! For once, the lumpier and messier the mixture, the better!
I used apricot jam for the filling, just because I made mixed berry/strawberry jam tarts earlier in the week. Apricot has a lovely fresh flavour to it, and makes a nice contrast to the red berries I've been using lately!
When I make muffins, it is never pretty; something always spills, gets dropped, or generally goes wrong. Last night it was my muffin cases. They were not behaving themselves and kept sliding down on one side in the muffin tin. They turned out okay, but that's something you need to look out for - muffin cases that don't want to listen to you!
I cooked my batch for a little longer than the recipe suggests, because I wanted them to turn a bit more a golden colour.
Once you've got the hang of this recipe, it is so easy to do, and most of the ingredients are staples you will have in your cupboards.
Let's get jam-tastic!!!