This is not a diet tip. Dieting in lockdown in a miserable, grey January is the last thing I’m going to do. Quite the opposite in fact. Seized by a sudden need for marzipan muffins, and having promised Mike that I would bake some over Christmas, which I singularly failed to do, I decided that I’d rustle up a batch before I went for my daily walk.
The recipe is one of the easiest I have. It’s basically throw everything in together, pour half the mix in, add a flat disc of marzipan, cover with the rest of the mixture and bake for twenty minutes.
Having transferred my attentions to scones, it’s a long time since I’d baked muffins, but I was really enjoying the process. Especially the bit where I roll and flatten the marzipan to fit into the muffin cases.
I have to admit that when I was about to put the tin in the oven, there was a moment of doubt as to whether I’d actually added the sugar, but the bowl in which I was going to measure it, was sitting next to the scales and it was empty, so I assumed I had. So in went the muffins.
Five minutes later I was convinced, that I hadn’t actually weighed out the sugar, nor had I put it in the bowl with the rest of the ingredients. And I was right.
The muffins are sugarless, but served hot with their melting marzipan middles they don’t taste too bad.
This is the third time in my life that I’ve managed to inadvertently leave the sugar out of a recipe. On both previous occasions I was in a rush. This time, I don’t really have any excuse.
Hopefully, I have learned my lesson and next time I’ll have everything weighed out and checked before I start mixing.