Easter at the Quince Tree

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.
Makes 12

Stir together
9 oz plain flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
half a teaspoon of salt
3 oz sugar

Mix together
8 oz milk
3 oz melted butter
1 egg

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.


  1. It all sounds like a lovely gentle way to spend a wet Easter weekend. And that muffin recipe will be a hit ... I can't imagine the muffins lasting long here when I try it! You deserve a G&T after all that baking! Enjoy x

  2. what a great way to use them up. ive not long put 6 hot cross buns out for the seagulls the joys of living by the sea! i might just ran out side and get them back, happy easter rach

  3. Those muffins look lovely - hope you got your proper quota of G&Ts in - think you were planning on several today!

  4. I will defiantly try that muffin recipe we will be having hot cross bun and butter pudding tomorrow.

  5. Oooooh my! Cinnamon pecan swirl muffins and hot cross bun and butter pudding? What are you doing to me? I'm so going to need to diet after this Easter.

    And if you're thinking I could just not indulge in such things then I shall think you quite mad!


    S x

  6. Quince tree blossoms are so beautiful! Your posts are also delightful with a great mix of wit, humor, great baking ideas and advice on what to include on to do lists.

    Best wishes.

  7. Leftover hot cross buns?

  8. Ok, they weren't really leftover. I deliberately made too many just so we could have bun and butter pud.

  9. I need to take a few minutes off work and check out my quince...thanks for reminder.

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