Monday, November 21, 2011

Toasted Almond, Apple & Syrup Muffins

This recipe came about because of a bag of cooking apples I bought last week with great intentions.  As usual, real life got in the way and I ignored them in favour of making dinners rather than dessert.  The weekend came around and I decided to use them for my usual Sunday baking extravaganza (the new work people seem to be enjoying Monday mornings a lot more now...) and couldn't decide between a traybake or individual muffins.  I had a quick flick through my copy of The Flavour Thesaurus just to make sure I was on the right track, so decided to add some almonds and golden syrup to the basic recipe.

The trick to maximising flavour in this recipe is to toast the flaked almonds yourself.  Yes, I know you can buy ready-toasted almonds but I find that they always taste a bit stale and I prefer to put them in a hot pan, watch them like a hawk, and toast them until they're golden brown.  Nuts burn incredibly quickly and once they go black, throw them out as they'll ruin anything you bake with a bitter burnt taste.  The golden syrup gives the muffins a beautiful caramel taste and colour, while the apple keeps it all moist.

The beautiful crockery was a birthday gift from my lovely friend Rosanne

Toasted Almond, Apple & Syrup Muffins

3 Eggs
125g Soft Light Brown Sugar
100g Caster Sugar
500ml Milk
125ml Vegetable Oil
1tsp Vanilla Extract
480g Plain Flour
2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
50g Golden Syrup
100g Toasted Almonds
350g Cooking Apples, peeled, cored & chopped

Preheat your oven to 180c/Gas Mark 4.  Line 2 x 12 hole muffin tins with muffin cases & place the tins on baking sheets (this catches any overspill and makes it easier to manoeuvre tins in and out of the oven).

Whisk the eggs and sugars together.  Add the milk, vanilla, golden syrup & oil, and mix well.

Now add the flour, bicarb & salt - mix well to make sure you don't have any sneaky lumps of flour hiding at the bottom of the bowl - and then add all the apple and 3/4 of the toasted almonds.  Give it a good stir before pouring the mixture into the muffin cases.  Only fill them 3/4 the way up otherwise they may well explode in the oven.

Sprinkle with the reserved toasted almonds and bake for 17 minutes until golden and firm.  Remove from the oven & allow to cool for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack.


  1. Yet another recipe to steal.... I mean borrow & try out! Great idea with the syrup and almonds.

  2. Almonds - best flavour ever. They make baked goods so moist and totally delicious. These look great. Love the teacup photo - very cute!

  3. I do love a muffin and these look just the job. I love almond with any fruit at all really. And that is some handsome crockery, lucky you!

  4. There is just one left in the office. We're leaving it for the pregnant lady who is rearing the bump on cake...

  5. Gorgeous! How fantastic is the flavour thesaurus? I love it. The last thing it inspired in my kitchen was adding a bit of coffee to my pork-cooked-in-milk. And it worked. Made it just a touch sexier too.