Meal Type: Dessert
Cook time: 25 Minutes
Servings: 12 muffins
Deliciously fluffy American-style muffins packed with fresh raspberries and creamy white chocolate. You can bake these in the baking oven but for best results, use the higher heat of the roasting oven as suggested in the method below.
- 300g plain flour
- 2 ½ tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. bicarbonate of soda
- Pinch of salt
- 185g caster sugar
- 120ml. vegetable oil
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 200ml. buttermilk
- 175g raspberries
- 100g white chocolate chips
To decorate (optional)
- 50g white chocolate, melted
- Freeze-dried raspberries
Method:1. Line a 12 hole deep muffin tin with paper cases. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt and sugar.
2. In a jug, lightly whisk together the buttermilk, oil, vanilla extract and eggs.
3. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and briefly mix until just combined. Do not over-mix – a few lumps are fine!
4. Gently fold in the raspberries and most of the chocolate chips – hold back a few for the tops of the muffins.
5. Divide the mixture evenly between the muffin cases and push a few reserved chocolate chips into the top of each one.
6. Slide the tray onto the bottom runners of the roasting oven (or place on a grid shelf on the floor of the oven) and bake for 10 minutes before sliding the cold plain shelf onto the second runners and baking for 10-15 minutes. Rotate the tray halfway through to ensure an even bake. The muffins are done when risen and golden and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
7. If wished, melt some white chocolate in a ramekin on the top of the Aga range cooker and drizzle over the top of the muffins. Sprinkle with freeze dried raspberries.
Aga range cooker tips and notes:
- In a 2 oven Aga range cooker, using the cold shelf helps shield the cake from the fierce heat at the top of the roasting oven. A burst of heat at the start of cooking, helps the muffins achieve a good rise so insert the cold shelf half way through baking time only.
- It may sound obvious, but don’t store your cold shelf in the Aga range cooker! It needs to be cold in order to be useful!
- If you have a baking oven, you can bake the muffins towards the top of this oven for 25 minutes. I would recommend the roasting oven method though for optimum rise!
- When melting white chocolate on top of the Aga range cooker, stand the ramekin or dish on a thin cork mat rather than directly on the hot black top. White chocolate seizes very easily so go slowly!