I started by creaming together butter and caster sugar.
In a separate bowl I whisked up eggs, milk, brandy and almond extract.
I also measured out dried cranberries, mixed peel, sultanas and diced up marzipan. I sprinkled a little flour in and mixed it around to coat the fruit and marzipan. This stops it sinking to the bottom of the muffins while they are baking.
I combined the egg mixture into the creamed butter, then added self raising flour, ground almonds, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, mixed spice and nutmeg.
I separated the mixture into 12 tulip muffin cases and sprinkled some flaked almonds over each muffin. I baked them for 20 minutes.
They came out lovely and golden brown, I left them to cool completely.
Before serving, I dusted the Stollen Muffins generously with icing sugar.
If you are a fan of stollen and also short of time like me, I highly recommend these Stollen Muffins. It’s got everything your taste buds are craving; Christmas spices, sweet fruit and nutty marzipan. It embodies Christmas and will be a guaranteed hit with all your family, friends or colleagues!
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- 100 g Butter
- 100 g Caster sugar
- 2 Eggs large
- 100 ml Milk
- 25 ml Brandy
- 1 tsp Almond extract
- 60 g Dried cranberries
- 60 g Mixed peel
- 60 g Sultanas
- 60 g Marzipan diced
- 200 g Self raising flour
- 50 g Ground almonds
- 1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp Mixed spice
- 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
- 25 g Flaked almonds
- Icing sugar For dusting
Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 and line a 12 hole muffin tin with muffin cases, ideally tulip ones
Cream together the butter and caster sugar in a bowl until fluffy
In a separate bowl whisk the eggs, milk, brandy and almond extract together
In a third bowl, measure out the dried cranberries, mixed peel, sultanas and marzipan. Sprinkle a little flour in and mix it around to coat the fruit and marzipan. This stops it sinking to the bottom of the muffins while they are baking
Combine the egg mixture with the creamed butter, then add the flour, ground almonds, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, mixed spice and nutmeg, and mix it all together with a whisk
Add the dried fruit and fold it in with a spoon
Separate the mixture into the muffin cases and sprinkle some flaked almonds over each muffin
Bake them for 20 minutes. You want them to be golden brown on top and a skewer to come out clean when inserted into the centre
Let them cool fully on a wire rack, then sprinkle with icing sugar before serving
Mixed spice is a British spice blend containing Cinnamon, Coriander Seed, Nutmeg, Clove, Pimento, Ginger. If you can't get hold of it, use a Pumpkin Spice mix instead