Right Rum Christmas Cake Muffins

1h 20 min 8 servings

150g currants

150g sultanas

150g raisins

100g glace cherries, halved

100ml dark rum

100g Lurpak® Unsalted butter

100g dark muscovado sugar

2 eggs, beaten

Finely grated zest and juice of 1 orange

150g plain flour

Pinch salt

1 tsp ground mixed spice

50g caster sugar

Pecan halves, blanched almonds and glace cherries, to decorate

Right Rum Christmas Cake Muffins

Preparation

Put the currants, sultanas, raisins and glace cherries into a bowl. Add the rum, stirring well. Cover and leave in a cool place for up to 2 days, though at least overnight. This plumps up the fruit to make the muffins deliciously moist.

Preheat the oven to 160°C/fan oven 140°C/Gas Mark 3. Put 8 paper or foil muffin cases into a muffin tin.

In a large mixing bowl, beat together the Lurpak® Unsalted butter and sugar until light and fluffy, using a wooden spoon or hand-held electric mixer. Gradually add the eggs, beating well between each addition. Stir in the orange zest and orange juice. (Don’t worry if the mixture curdles).

Sift the flour, salt and mixed spice into the bowl, folding them through with a large metal spoon. Add the soaked dried fruits and stir thoroughly. Share the mixture between the muffin cases. Bake for 50 minutes in the centre of the oven. Cool completely.

Put the caster sugar into a saucepan with 100ml water. Heat gently to dissolve, then boil for 1- 2 minutes. Brush over the cakes and arrange the nuts and cherries on top. Brush again with the glaze – be careful as the glaze is really hot!

Cook’s tip: Brandy could be used instead of rum – the choice is yours!

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