Rachel Allen's Christmas pudding muffins with sherry butter icing

  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 20-25 minutes
  • Total time: 40-45 minutes

Makes: 6

Ingredients

For the muffins:
1 egg
75ml milk
30g salted butter
2 tbsp sherry, whisky or brandy
125g leftover Christmas pudding
125g plain flour
1tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp mixed spice 
75g caster sugar

For the icing:
125g sifted icing sugar
50g salted butter, softened
1-2 tbsp sweet sherry, whisky or brandy 

 

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 350F or gas mark 4. Line the muffin tins with paper cases.

2. Whisk the egg in a bowl. Add the milk, melted butter, sherry and the Christmas pudding.

3. Sift the flour, baking powder and mixed spice into another bowl. Add the caster sugar and mix well. Make a well in the centre.

4. Add the wet ingredients and mix together until a soft batter forms. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool on a wire rack.

5. While they are cooking, make the sherry butter icing. Mix together the icing sugar and the butter. Add enough sherry, about 1 tbsp, to just soften the mixture and make it spreadable.

6. Once the muffins are cool, spread the icing over the top and serve.