Fruit Mince Muffins

Try making these instaed of fruit mince tarts.  They are very easy to prepare and extremely delicious.

Fruit Mince Muffins

 Makes 10 to 12 muffins.  I use ¾ cup capacity muffin tins, which makes 10 muffins.  If you use smaller ones, adjust the amount you put into them accordingly.

 1 cup self raising flour

1½ cups plain flour

¾ cup sugar

½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

½ teaspoon mixed spice

¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Grated rind 1 lemon

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

250ml milk

Juice 1 lemon

125g melted butter

1 cup fruit mince, approximately

 Heat oven to 180°C.  Grease 10 to 12 muffin tins (or line with muffin papers)..

 Mix together the flours, sugar, soda, spices and lemon rind.  Whisk together the eggs, vanilla, milk, lemon juice and butter, then mix into the flour mixture until well combined.

 Half fill the muffin tins with one tablespoon of batter, then top with a scant tablespoon of fruit mince.  Cover with more of the batter until each is about ¾ full. 

 Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until golden and spring back when lightly pressed in the centre.  Leave to stand in tins for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cook completely.  If they tend to stick, simply run a knife around the edge of each muffin before turning out.

 They are very nice with a little icing sugar sifted over them at serving time.