Muffins, A Simple Beginners Guide

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A frequent question we have received is "what is the difference between a muffin and a cup cake?" No simple answer not least because the definitions of both muffin and cup cake are flexible and dependent on which side of the Atlantic you are standing. The simplest way of describing the main difference is that cup cakes are usually iced and can be thought of as being sweeter. This is however not definitive.

In England a muffin was traditionally a small round bun with a small round appearance, they are savoury not sweet. For many years breakfast muffins were eaten in Britain for breakfast, they were on the menu of a leading fast food restaurant. Increasingly this British style muffin is called an English or breakfast muffin to distinguish it from the sweet muffin.

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Muffins Recipes

Muffin preparation time: about 10 Minutes
Muffin baking time: 20 Minutes

A fun and simple muffin recipe, children will love to help make muffins and it's a good way to teach them the basics of cooking. If you don't have a muffin tray, throw away paper cake cases will work just as well. Once you become familiar with the recipe try experimenting with blueberries, chocolate or an alternative filling of your choice.

Ingredients: Serves 4-8

380g self-raising flour
100g butter (cut into small cubes)
200g caster sugar
300ml milk
1 beaten egg
100g raisins
large pinch of cinnamon

Muffin cooking Instructions:

  1. Blend the sifted flour and butter in a large bowl.
  2. Fold in the sugar, milk, raisins, cinnamon and egg, don't worry if the mix isn't smooth.
  3. Spoon the mixture into the well greased muffin tray (or paper cases).
  4. Bake on the middle shelf at about 180°C for 20 minutes.

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