Low Sugar Muffins With Mincemeat Filling From Christmas Leftover

In case anyone's wondering, yes I did make quite a lot of mincemeat this Christmas but didn't manage to make as many mince pies as I hoped to, just sod's law. Even after making the batch of scones with mincemeat, there's still about half a 1.5kg yoghurt tub of it.

The scone idea has worked well, but I'd like to have a go at something else this time: muffins with a surprise filling of mincemeat in the centre 😀

For the muffin batter (the same base recipe as the blueberry muffins):
100g plain flour
30g brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
A pinch of sea salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
60ml vegetable oil
60ml plain yoghurt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

For the filling:
Leftover homemade mincemeat, as desired

For the crumble top:
2 teaspoons butter
3 teaspoons plain flour
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon raw rolled oat (for an extra bit of crunch)
  1. As usual, I started off by preparing the crumble top by mixing the 3 ingredients together in a small bowl, using 2 forks, until the mixture becomes crumbs-like. Set aside.
  2. Set the oven to 190°C (I do find that this oven of mine needs a little increase in heat), and lightly grease a 6-hole muffin pan or line it with paper baking cups.
  3. Combine all the wet ingredients for muffin batter in a bowl or a measuring jug.
  4. Mix all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and make a well in the middle. Gradually pour the wet ingredients mixture into the well whilst folding together gently just until the dry ingredients are moistened. The batter should still be lumpy.
  5. Spoon the batter to fill up to about 1/3 of the cup/muffin pan hole.
  6. Stuff a teaspoon full of the leftover homemade mincemeat in the middle, cover up with the remaining batter, evenly distributed amongst the cups/muffin holes.
  7. Scatter the crumble mix over the top of the batter..
  8. Bake for 25 minutes.

They look like any normal muffins, until one gets to the middle of it...

I've only made 6 as a test, looks like I'll be baking another batch pretty soon as these are going quite quickly 😋


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