Last week, I made my own marmalade for the very first time in honour of Paddington Bear. This is all well and good and I was feeling ever so clever, until I realised that I don’t know anyone else who likes marmalade (bizarrely) and so now have the stuff coming out of my ears just waiting to be used up. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my life so far it’s this: when in doubt, make muffins, especially if it’s Christmas.
I had some pecans knocking about as well left over from other Christmas food adventures so I chucked them in for the sake of it, but I think they get along quite nicely with the marmalade.
These would be perfect for a casual Christmassy brunch, and a great bake to have on hand for festive visitors who hate mince pies (you know, the difficult ones).
250g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
50g caster sugar
pinch of salt
1 egg, beaten
3 heaped tbsps marmalade
25g pecans, chopped roughly
- Melt the butter and marmalade in a saucepan and set aside to cool.
- Sift together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt and in a large mixing bowl and make a well in the centre.
- Mix together the milk, egg, butter and marmalade and add to the dry ingredients, slowly bringing wet and dry together.
- Fold in the pecans.
- Spoon the mixture into 6 muffin cases and pop in the top shelf of the oven (pre-heated to Gas Mark 6 – conversions here) for 20 minutes.
Your track recommendation for this recipe is Fairytale of New York, one of my all time favourite Christmas songs.
What’s your favourite thing to do with leftover marmalade? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading x