Today we have found the perfect muffin recipe. They are so light and deliciously moreish – with just a hint of cardamom which adds a slightly lemony flavour. This is such an easy recipe to make and great for making with kids because they can do most of it themselves. I like the fact it isn’t too sweet and there is yogurt and oil in the recipe which give it a lighter texture than too much butter.

This is adapted from a traditional recipe from Finland. Traditionally Finnish muffins are flatter than the usual American style. Although they do puff out a bit more than a cupcake. I think this is better for kids as well as they are not too big for them to eat.

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Ingredients

(Makes 8 Muffins)

250g (8oz)  flour

1 tsp baking powder

200g (7oz) of soft brown sugar

2tsp of ground cardamom

2 eggs

35g (1oz) of melted butter

15g (1/2 oz) oil

100 ml of natural yogurt

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Method

Sift flour and baking powder into a bowl. Add the brown sugar and cardamom.

Use a food blender to mix together.

In a separate bowl whisk the eggs.

Melt the butter in a pan and leave to cool. Add to the mixture and mix for a couple of minutes.

Gently fold in the yogurt.

 

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The girls really loved helping. They both had their own bowl and I made double the mixture so they could both have a go. The both had a go sifting the flour.

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Rosie added the egg to the mix. I missed having Molly around to crack the eggs as that is always her job but she was at school.

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Of course the thing they like best is helping to eat the finished cakes.

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They weren’t very keen on me using the blender because of the noise and they like stirring themselves but it does mean the cakes come out so light and fluffy.

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