The original recipe is for "Spiced pear muffins". I put all sorts in the basic muffin mixture, from chocolate chips and ginger to mixed berries and sometimes just a dash of vanilla extract and sultannas. There are no rules, just go with the flow...
Spiced pear muffins - makes 12
You will need:
150g plain flour
100g rolled oats
150g caster sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
125ml natural yogurt
125ml vegetable oil
2 eggs whisked
1 large pear, peeled, cored and diced
6 tsp demerara sugar
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C/gas mark 6, line a 12 hole muffin tray with muffin cases.
Mix together the flour, rolled oats, caster sugar, baking powder and spices in a large bowl.
Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour in the yogurt, vegetable oil and eggs, gently mix together. Add pear and fold in.
Divide the mix between the muffin cases and sprinkle demerara sugar over each one.
Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes before removing and leaving to cool slightly before making a brew and sitting down to a deliciously warm muffin... It is recommended to put your feet up whilst eating these muffins...though not compulsory!
The muffins in the picture have a mixture of blackberries, cranberries and blueberries in them with a dash of vanilla extract. I usually have a bag of frozen fruit in the freezer and put about 100g in the muffin mixture.
Other than making muffins, I have made a start on the cowl for the jumper dress. I will have to stitch the cowl to the dress as it slips off my shoulders when I wear it now and I find this a bit annoying. The cowl pattern can be found HERE and the wool I am using is Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran in charcoal.
I'm happy to hear that I have inspired some of you with the potholder pattern... I just used various makes of double knitting yarn and a 3.5mm hook. Heather over at Vintage Grey has also been using this potholder pattern and you should pop over there to see her lovely creations.
|Vintage potholder pattern can be found HERE|
I got up at 6.30am this morning and made my husband a poached egg on toast and a coffee for breakfast, and I'm making a roast chicken dinner this evening...not to mention the freshly baked muffins... I'm hoping he will remember all this loveliness when I decide to take another week off work in the future; being a lady of leisure is suiting me very well!