Blackberry surprise muffins
These delicious blackberry muffins have a juicy fruit centre and are topped with a drizzle of sweet lemon icing, making them irresistible. Budding young bakers can help with the mixing and filling the centres with the surprise blackberry purée.
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- Preheat the oven to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C.
- Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper muffin cases. Put the flour, oats, sugar, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl and mix together.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and mix in 75ml maple syrup, the oil, yogurt, vanilla and milk. Stir the wet mix into the dry; fold through the apple. Spoon into the cases and bake for 25 mins, or until a skewer comes out clean.
- Meanwhile, put the berries in a pan with 1 tbsp lemon juice and the remaining maple syrup. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook, uncovered, for 5 mins, or until the berries have softened. Put in a blender and purée. Return to the pan, reserving 1 tbsp in a small bowl. Whisk the cornflour into this, then add to the pan. Cook over a low heat, stirring, for 3 mins, or until thick. Remove from the heat and cool.
- Remove the muffins from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 10 mins. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.
- Using an apple corer or teaspoon, remove the cores of the muffins, to about halfway; reserve. Fill the holes with blackberry purée, then press the core back in place. In a bowl, whisk 2 tsp lemon juice with the icing sugar then drizzle over the muffins.