recipe: nigella’s snickers and peanut butter muffins

I’ve made the faithful return back to Nigella (I know you were all worried there for a bit) to make her Snickers and Peanut Butter Muffins and honestly, who can complain about that? And the fantastic part is, it’s a pretty simple recipe that I found in How To Be A Domestic Goddess.

Makes 12
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
pinch of salt
6 tablespoons chunky peanut butter
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg, beaten
3/4 cup milk
3 1/2 full-size (2.07 ounces) Snickers bars, chopped

12-cup muffin pan with paper baking cups

Method
1.
 Preheat the oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit.
2. Stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the peanut butter and mix until you have a bowl of coarse crumbs. Add the melted butter and egg to the milk, and then stir this gently into the bowl. Mix in the Snickers pieces and dollop into the muffin cups.
3. Cook for 20-25 minutes, when the tops should be risen, golden, and firm to the (light) touch. Stir the pan on a wire rack for 5-10 minutes before taking out each muffin in its paper cup and leaving them on the wire rack to cool. If you can.

When it came to the Snickers bars, I just bought four Snickers bars and that seemed to do the trick. I also set the oven on 180 degrees fan-forced. Other than that, I didn’t actually change anything (shocking, I know).

This is what Nigella’s looked like:

This is what mine looked like:

Surprisingly, this wasn’t my favourite recipe. I think the reason why is 20 minutes wasn’t long enough in the oven, but leaving them in for the extra five was a tiny bit too long and made them slightly hard and the patty-cake cup things that I put them in stuck to the muffin. No idea if it was because of longer baking or just because they were bad patty-cake things. Anyway, if you try this recipe, once it goes past 20 minutes, don’t walk away! Watch the oven and keep trying with the skewer (till it comes out clean). I will try them again someday, but they weren’t amazing. Sad face.

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