Monday, 21 April 2014

(Easter) Peach Muffins

Very nice ones, might serve Easter occasion easily :) I like the taste - sweet, thanks to soft, delicate whipped cream, moist cake with delicious fruit and to make a nice contrast to that sweetness -sour lemon curd. Mmmm!
These might be filled with different ingredients. The original recipe is with advocaat, though for the sake of children and family members who needed to drive a car, I made them with peaches :) The dough is actually weird - it is very thick and sticky, but after baking turns out very nice - soft and moist (that's probably thanks to peaches ;)). I know you might be tempted to make a swiss buttercream for the top, but I'd recommend stiff whipped cream, as buttercream would make them very heavy.
To prepare these cute cupcakes I mixed recipes from here and here and added a little bit of my own creativity ;)


Muffin dough:

  • 120g of butter
  • 110g of sugar
  • 2 big eggs (or 3 smaller ones)
  • 200g of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons of advocaat (for the dough, not for the filling, but this is optional, I skipped it)

Filling - ideas:
  • 1 tin of peaches cut into smaller pieces (and a little bit dried on a paper towel)
  • advocaat
  • vanilla custard (previously prepared, for example from this recipe)
  • lemon curd 
  • apricot

Lemon curd:


  • 3 eggs
  • lemon zest and lemon juice from 3 lemons
  • 100g of powdered sugar
  • 100g of cool butter

  • 250ml of 36% cream
  • 1-2 tablespoons of powdered sugar
  • something to stiffen it - either so-called 'smietan-fix' or for example 'fake-powdered-whipped cream' (a powder you mix with milk to get a whipped cream ;) it stiffens the cream as well) or 1 teaspoon of gelatin - though here be careful not to make lumps

Preparation - muffin dough:
  1. All the ingredients should be in room temperature.
    During that time you can prepare your muffin tins, greasing them with butter or just simply putting paper muffin cases into every hole. If you decided to use peaches - open the tin, take everything out of it as it isn't healthy to keep food in an open tin, separate the syrup from the fruit. Using a paper towel, dry the fruit and chop into smaller pieces.
  2. Sieve the flour with baking powder and put aside.
  3. Take a mixer and its bowl. Chop the butter into smaller pieces, add sugar and mix till you get a bright, fluffy mixture.
  4. Add eggs, one after another, mixing precisely after adding one.
  5. Add flour with baking powder, mix on a low rotation till everything links. 
  6. Here you can add advocaat to the dough and mix till it links or you can skip that step.
  7. Using a teaspoon, put some dough (+ - 1 teaspoon) to every paper case. Then add the filling and cover with another teaspoon. Don't be afraid while adding the filling - it is really fine to put quite a lot of it (I added 4 peach pieces into every muffin and they seem to get lost in the dough anyway ;))
  8. Put the muffins in the oven for around 15-20 minutes, on 180C, till they get gold and the toothpick is dry.
  9. Cool down.

Preparation - lemon curd:

Lemon curd requires a 'bath' so it is necessary to have a suitable pot and a bowl, that can be put one on another.
  1. Chop the butter into smaller pieces.
  2. Take a pot, put some water inside, start boiling it.
  3. Take a bowl that matches the pot, put eggs inside, beat.
  4. Add lemon juice, lemon zest, powdered sugar and stir till everything links and there are no lumps.
  5. Now put the bowl on the top of your pot (make sure the bowl stands out from the pot so that you don't get burn) and slowly keep heating up the mixture (don't boil it). 
  6. Keep adding the butter, one piece after another, stiring after adding.
  7. When all the butter is melted in the mixture, turn off the heat and put the bowl with lemon curd somewhere aside, to let it cool down.
  8. Then put your lemon curd in the fridge so that it stiffens more.
Preparation - topping:
  1. Before preparing the whipped cream be sure your cream is really, really cool (I always put it in the freezer before beating, for around 10-15 minutes).
  2. Take a mixer and its bowl, put cream inside, start mixing. After a while add powdered sugar and something to stiffen it.
  3. Beat for around 10 minutes (depending on the power of a mixer it might take more or less time, keep paying attention not to make butter).

Finishing - cupcakes:
  1. When everything is cooled down and ready, using a teaspoon, take some of the whipped cream and start distributing it all over the top of your muffin. In the middle top, make a small hole for lemon curd.
  2. When all the whipped cream is distributed, put your muffins in the fridge, so that the cream stiffens a little before adding lemon curd.
  3. Then, using a syringe or a teaspoon, put some lemon curd into previously prepared holes in whipped cream. 
  4. Keep in the fridge.
  5. Bon Appetit ;)

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