Friday, September 29, 2006

Sesame-topped Currant Muffins

Who says simple muffins have to be boring? These relatively healthy muffins are given an appetising look in the form of a crunchy sesame studded crust. If sesame seeds fail to appeal, replace them with a rough crush of your favourite type of nut.


Sesame-topped Currant Muffins
[Makes 6 large Muffins]

320 grams plain flour
55 grams caster sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
100 grams currants (you can replace this with any dried fruit)
1 egg
250ml/1 cup milk
80 grams melted butter
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 tablespoons soft brown sugar

Make the topping:
Add the sesame seeds and brown sugar to a small bowl and stir until well combined.

Make the muffins:
Sift the flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon and ginger into a bowl. Stir through the currants.

In a small bowl add whisk the egg with the milk before adding the melted butter.

Stir this through the dry ingredients until just combined. It's most important not to overwork the mixture.

Fill the muffin cases three-quarters full then generously sprinkle over with the sesame-topping.

Bake in a preheated 180°C/350°F oven for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through and topping is golden.


Cool on a wire rack.


You won't have to sneak these into lunch-boxes!

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  1. So pretty! I love how you use baking sheets to bake these muffins. Ingenious~

  2. Thanks Jacelyn! You can also buy pre-made baking sheet cases, they make a change from the usual.

  3. I really like the use of the sesame seeds. I think that would add such a nice texture.

  4. This is a great idea. I think it would be fun to do a mix of sesame, poppy and flax seeds.


  5. Hi Haalo
    I have linked your blog (the Udder delights post) to a post of mine about goats cheese camembert. I'm sure you are OK with this, but please let me know if you're not.

    And wish me luck with the cheesemaking :)

  6. Thanks Peabody - for a fairly simple muffin as this, it's a welcome change in texture.

    That sounds like a great mix Elizabeth.

    Thanks Foodkitty - I hope you post lots of pics of those cheeses, that sounds like a great course! I wouldnt mind doing something like that myself. Thanks for the link, there's no problem with that!

  7. Thanks Paz for the tag! These would be another thing you could do for lunch, maybe even mini ones

  8. Haalo, these muffins look fantastic! I have bookmarked this recipe to try out. :S

  9. Thanks Anh - look forward to seeing yours and I hope you enjoy them!


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