Berry and lemon curd-filled muffins

For the lemon curd, cook the lemon zest and juice, 100g butter and 250g castor sugar in a heavy-duty pot over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Add the 3 whisked eggs slowly and lower the heat. Continue whisking until the curd has thickened, 5 – 10 minutes. Do not boil. Strain the curd and allow to cool before refrigerating. The curd should sit overnight before use. For the muffins, preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a standard (12-well) muffin tray. Place all of the ingredients, except the blueberries, in a mixer and beat until soft and fluffy. Fold in the berries and spoon the mixture into the muffin wells. Fill the centres with a spoonful of lemon curd (reserving some as a garnish) and bake until cooked through, 12 – 15 minutes. Remove from oven and turn out onto a wire rack to cool. Serve the muffins topped with a little extra lemon curd, fresh blueberries and lemon zest. Berry and lemon curd-filled muffins

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Berry and lemon curd-filled muffins

Serves: 12
Cooking Time: 45 mins + overnight, to sit

Ingredients

  • LEMON CURD

  • zest and juice of 4 medium lemons
  • 100g butter
  • 250g castor sugar
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • BERRY MUFFINS

  • 100g softened butter
  • 2,5ml (½ tsp) vanilla essence
  • 115g castor sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 160g self-raising flour
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) milk
  • 150g blueberries, dusted with flour + extra, to garnish
  • 50g raspberries, dusted with flour
  • lemon zest, to garnish

Instructions

1

For the lemon curd, cook the lemon zest and juice, 100g butter and 250g castor sugar in a heavy-duty pot over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Add the 3 whisked eggs slowly and lower the heat. Continue whisking until the curd has thickened, 5 – 10 minutes. Do not boil.

2

Strain the curd and allow to cool before refrigerating. The curd should sit overnight before use.

3

For the muffins, preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a standard (12-well) muffin tray. Place all of the ingredients, except the blueberries, in a mixer and beat until soft and fluffy. Fold in the berries and spoon the mixture into the muffin wells. Fill the centres with a spoonful of lemon curd (reserving some as a garnish) and bake until cooked through, 12 – 15 minutes. Remove from oven and turn out onto a wire rack to cool.

4

Serve the muffins topped with a little extra lemon curd, fresh blueberries and lemon zest.

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