Apple Simnel Muffins with Quinoa Recipe

Simnel cakes are traditionally made at Easter and contain balls of marzipan as well as diced Pink Lady® apples, lots of warm spices.  Quinoa helps keep your blood sugar stable and slowly releases the energy into your body.

<p>Apple Simnel Muffins with Quinoa Recipe</p>
  • 20 mins to prepare

  • 20-25mins to cook

  • Serves 12


  • 300g - Cooked quinoa
  • 75g - Light muscovado sugar
  • 175g - Plain flour
  • 2 tsp - Baking powder
  • 1 tsp - Ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp - Ground mixed spice
  • Zest of 2 - Oranges
  • 1 - Pink Lady® apple, peeled and diced
  • 100g - Mixed dried fruit
  • 2 - Medium eggs
  • 75g - Melted butter
  • 175ml - Semi skimmed milk
  • 150g - Marzipan
  • 200g - Icing sugar
  • 2 - freshly squeezed orange juice (from the ones you zested)

Full preparation

  1. Ask an adult to preheat the oven to 190c/gas 5
  2. Mix together the quinoa, sugar, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, mixed spice, orange zest, diced Pink Lady® apple and mixed dried fruit. Mix together the eggs, milk and melted butter in a separate bowl. 2
  3. Mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients and stir well. Fill 12 muffin cases in a muffin tin.
  4. Split the marzipan into 12 pieces, roll each piece into a ball and press each ball into the centre of each muffin.
  5. Ask an adult to bake the muffins for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and springy to the touch.
  6. Leave to cool then make up the icing with 200g icing sugar mixed with sufficient orange juice to form a stiff paste and ice before eating.

How did you get on

Once you’ve finished cooking and you’re suitably proud of the results, why not post a pic to Instagram with the hash tag #pinklady1621? We’d love to see!

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