I have really forgotten how cold it can become when winter is slowly approaching! This late vacation has really thrown me a bit out of balance since my head is still somehow tuned to warmer temperatures, barbecues and shorts. Well I did have another barbecue last Friday, but is only half the fun if you have to use your mobile’s torch to see if your meat is ready. However, you know that I love this season, so I am actually enjoying the fact that I can wear my coats and scarves again, sip some good tea and warm my feet with a hotty (it’s a girl thing I guess, I always have cold feet).
I suppose it’s just the darkness that’s really bugging me at the moment. So to celebrate fall with all its flavours I decided to bake my favourite muffins for this time of the year:
- 50g of raisins
- 100g of cold marzipan paste
- 1 big apple
- 1 tbsp. of lemon juice
- 1 egg
- 225g of flour
- 2 ½ tsp. of baking powder
- 1 package of vanilla sugar
- 100g of sugar
- 250g of crème fraiche
- 100g of soft butter
- Sliced almonds
- Muffin tin (with paper liners or without if it’s a silicone tin)
Grease the muffin tin if you have one out of silicone or prepare it with paper liners. Rinse out the raisins and let them drain. Dice the marzipan paste. Wash, peel, quarter, core and dice the apple, then sprinkle it with lemon juice. Preheat the oven to 175°C (air circulation).
In a large bowl, whisk the egg, then add the crème fraiche and the soft butter and stir it in with a cooking spoon. Mix flour, baking powder, a pinch of salt, vanilla sugar and sugar in a separate bowl. Add it to the egg mixture and stir, then add the raisins, marzipan chunks and the apple chunks.
Fill the dough (it’s a bit sticky, don’t worry) into the molds by help of two spoons, then bake everything for 18-20 minutes. After 10 minutes sprinkle the sliced almonds over the muffins. Let everything cool afterwards.
For me these muffins taste of everything that belongs to fall, it’s a wonderful combination of apple, marzipan and raisins. And they’re not too sweet! They work perfectly with a good cup of tea, or even better, some hot apple juice. Hope you are inspired!