Many many moons ago (like about 12 years or more) Em and I decided to start up a small catering business to keep us 'busy' while we had our kids (being first time mums I don't think we realised how busy we could be with a baby!).E's little one was about 17 months old and I had about a month to go until my first was born when we started planning.
Great timing huh?
Our first 'customer' was a local personal training studio and we provided healthy and low fat muffins and soups for them to sell to their clients. We used to substitute things such as apple sauce for butter and lower the sugar content. One of the favourite's was a jam filled muffin.
I have tweaked this recipe a bit over the years to make it a great one to put in the kids lunch boxes - its healthy but the yummy jammy centre makes it seem like much more of a treat than it actually is!
What's your have lunchbox treat?
2 cups of plain flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup caster sugar
125g butter, melted and cooled
3/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
jam of your choice
fresh (or frozen) berries of your choice
Fill muffin tin with paper cases. Preheat the oven to 180degrees C. Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl then mix in sugar. In another bowl beat the eggs, melted butter, milk and vanilla until combined. Add to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined (mix will look a little lumpy).
Dollop a dessertspoon of batter into the muffin cases. Using the back of a teaspoon make little dents in the batter. Add about half a teaspoon of jam into the dents and then the berries, pressing the berries in a little. Top with the remaining batter, each muffin case will be almost full.
Bake for about 25 minutes or until golden. Cool in the pan for a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack. Enjoy lovely and warm from the oven or room temperature. To freeze, wrap each cooled ,muffin well in cling wrap then foil. Great on a summers day to pop into the lunchbox straight from the freezer...it will be thawed by recess!