Old friends and cakes


An old friend is like a warm fragrant cake. Welcome, full of delicious nuggets of news and leaves a warm glow and a smile.  Today my old friend Sue was on her way over with tales of her daughter’s beautiful wedding day and her nephew’s third birthday party. Monty and I decided to make some apple and sultana muffins – so quick to make, from thought to fragrant production in 30 minutes. Then we settled down with coffee and cake for a good natter.

125g plain flour, 125g wholemeal flour, 125ml runny honey, 100g butter, 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda, 50g ground almonds, 175ml natural yogurt, 150ml milk, 1tsp vanilla extract, 1 egg. 1 chopped dessert apple (keep the skin on) 75g sultanas

Melt the butter, add egg, yogurt, honey, milk and vanilla and combine.  Sift the dry ingredients and fruit into the wet and stir round a bit. As with all muffins, don’t be too fastidious about this.  Line muffin tins with muffin cases or parchement paper. Pile in the muffin mixture.  Cook at 160C for 20 minutes or so.

Gorgeous. Just like old friends.

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