Dense with fruit, studded with macadamias and finished with a thin lemon glaze, these muffins are wholesome yet slightly naughty. Enjoy them at morning or afternoon tea or even for brunch.
- 400 g firm, ripe peaches (about 3 medium)
- 150 g (1 cup) plain flour
- 150 g (1 cup) wholemeal plain flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 220 g (1 cup) raw caster sugar
- 55 g (¾ cup) shredded coconut
- 75 g (½ cup) raw, unsalted macadamia nuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
- 200 g (¾ cup) Greek-style natural yoghurt
- 80 ml (⅓ cup) light olive oil or sunflower oil
- 2 eggs, at room temperature
- 1½ tsp natural vanilla extract or essence
- 125 g (1 cup) pure icing sugar, sifted
- 1½ tbsp fresh lemon juice
Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.
Preheat the oven to 190°C (170°C fan-forced). Line a 12-hole 80 ml (⅓ cup) muffin tray with muffin paper cases.
Sift together both the flours, the baking powder and cinnamon into a large mixing bowl, returning any husks to the bowl. Stir in the sugar, coconut and macadamias.
Halve the peaches and remove the stones. Cut each half into 8 wedges. Add to the flour mixture and gently toss to combine evenly.
Use a fork to whisk together the yoghurt, oil, eggs and vanilla in a bowl or jug. Add to the flour mixture and use a spatula or large metal spoon to fold together until just combined. (Don’t overmix – the batter should still be a little lumpy.)
Spoon the mixture into the paper cases, dividing evenly. Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until the muffins are golden and cooked when tested with a skewer.
Meanwhile, to make the lemon glaze, combine the icing sugar and lemon juice in a medium bowl and mix until smooth. Cover and set aside while the muffins finish baking.
Remove the muffins from the oven and stand for a few minutes in the tin before transferring to a wire rack. Drizzle a little of the lemon glaze over each warm muffin. Serve warm or at room temperature.
• These muffins are best eaten the day they are baked, though they freeze well – wrap individually in plastic wrap and then seal in a plastic bag or airtight container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature.
• The peaches can be replaced with the same quantity of nectarines, plums, apricots or cherries, pitted and halved.
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Photography by Alan Benson. Styling by Sarah O'Brien. Food preparation by Tina McLeish. Creative concept by Lou Fay.
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