Easter joy to you all.
I hope you are having a pleasant day. It's quiet here at the Quince Tree. Charlie is away for a few days so we haven't been doing very much. The weather isn't terribly good either, although the rain is welcome.
The quince tree is budding. I brought a branch indoors on Thursday and today the blossoms are open.
No matter how big they get my children still expect to find chocolate eggs in the garden on Easter morning.
I've been spending some time in the kitchen perfecting my cinnamon-pecan swirl muffins.
They are easy peasy. I used a basic muffin recipe.
9 oz plain flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
half a teaspoon of salt
3 oz sugar
8 oz milk
3 oz melted butter
Combine the two mixtures together without over-beating.
Spoon into a muffin tin lined with paper muffin cases.
For the filling mix
2 oz each of melted butter, soft brown sugar and chopped pecans.
Add a teaspoon of cinnamon.
Put a generous teaspoon of this mixture on top of the muffin batter. Swirl it into the batter with the end of a spoon or a skewer.
Bake for 25 mins at 180°c (160°c).
Hot Cross Bun and Butter Pudding
I also made use of six leftover hot cross buns by making a bun and butter pud.
I split the buns and buttered them, then tore them into chunks and packed them into a baking dish.
I mixed 5 fl oz of cream with 8 fl oz milk, 3 beaten eggs and 2 tablespoons of sugar.
I poured it over the bread and baked it at 180°c (160°c) for 30 mins.
It was good if a little heavy. A bigger dish with more of the custard would have made it lighter.
And now I'm watching Jurassic Park and thinking about making a G&T.