Spiced Rum Christmas Cake Muffins

Serves: 8

You will need

150g currants
150g sultanas
150g raisins
100g glacé cherries, halved
100ml dark rum
100g Lurpak unsalted butter
100g dark muscovado sugar
2 eggs, beaten
Finely grated zest and juice of 1 orange
150g plain flour
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon ground mixed spice
50g caster sugar
Pecan halves
Blanched almonds
Glacé cherries, to decorate



Directions

1. Put the currants, sultanas, raisins and glacé cherries into a bowl. Add the rum, stirring well. Cover and leave in a cool place for up to 2 days, though at least overnight. This plumps up the fruit to make the muffins deliciously moist.

2. Pre-heat the oven to 160°C/140°C Fan/Gas Mark 3. Put 8 paper or foil muffin cases into a muffin tin.

3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the unsalted butter and sugar until light and fluffy, using a wooden spoon or hand-held electric mixer.

4. Gradually add the eggs, beating well between each addition. Stir in the orange zest and orange juice (don’t worry if the mixture curdles).

5. Sift the flour, salt and mixed spice into the bowl, folding them through with a large metal spoon. Add the soaked dried fruits and stir thoroughly. Share the mixture between the muffin cases. Bake for 50 minutes in the centre of the oven. Cool completely.

6. Put the caster sugar into a saucepan with 100ml water. Heat gently to dissolve, then boil for 1-2 minutes. Brush over the cakes and arrange the nuts and cherries on top. Brush again with the glaze – be careful as the glaze is really hot.

Tip: Brandy could be used instead of rum – the choice is yours.


Recipe courtesy of www.lurpak.co.uk



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