I had some sultanas that I wanted to use up. They are those nice, juicy dried fruits, known in the USA as golden raisins I think. I love to make them nice and plump before use, so soak them in something to do that. So I cam up with the idea of rum-soaked sultana muffins.
As ever these muffins are very easy to make and are very rewarding, in that they always turn out so well. I soaked, as I said, my sultanas in rum and then discarded the excess liquid, but you could always add that into the muffin mix, and reduce the milk by the same amount. I didn’t do that I as didn’t want to flavour the muffins too much.
I also sprinkled some preserving sugar on top of mine before baking. That is the sugar with the largest granules that I can find. It just helps to give a nice crunchy top to the muffin.
The mixture will make 12 muffins, if using normal sized muffin cases, where you fill to two thirds full. I used larger cases and filled much fuller, so I got nine large muffins.
I am very pleased with the results of the bake, a lovely light and tasty muffin the the juicy sultanas. What could be nicer.
- 240g plain flour
- 120g sultanas
- 60 ml rum
- 113g unsalted butter,
- 200g granulated sugar
- 2 medium eggs
- 1tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 120ml milk
- preserving sugar to sprinkle over the top(optional)
- 2 tbsp plain flour to toss the sultanas
- Soak the sultanas in the rum, for at least 15 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 190C/170C Fan/375F
- Line a muffin tin with paper cases, or grease the tin.
- Cream the butter and granulated sugar together.
- Add the eggs, vanilla extract and milk and beat to combine.
- In a separate bowl mix the flour and baking powder together.
- Add the flour mixture into the wet mixture and stir gently until just combined.
- Drain the rum from the sultanas.
- Toss the sultanas in the extra flour until just coated.
- Stir the sultanas into the muffin batter.
- Divide the batter equally between your muffin cases, (2/3 full to get 12).
- Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, until a skewer poked into the centre comes out clean.