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Spiced beetroot & apple muffins with crunchy hazelnut topping

Spiced beetroot & apple muffins with crunchy hazelnut topping

This is a great way of getting healthy beetroot into your kids' diets without them even realising it's in there!

  • Cooking: 20 mins
  • Serves: 12

What you need:

  • 275g plain flour
  • 2 heaped tsp baking powder
  • 2 heaped tsp ground mixed spice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 125g unsalted butter, melted
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 175ml milk
  • 1 pack natural cooked beetroot, grated coarsely
  • 2 pink lady apples, cored & grated coarsely

For the hazelnut topping:

  • 75g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 40g unsalted butter, cut into little cubes
  • 75g demerara sugar
  • 75g blanched hazelnuts, rough chopped

What you do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder and spices into a large mixing bowl. In another mixing bowl whisk together the eggs, melted butter, sugar and milk.
  3. Pour into the flour and mix very lightly - don't worry if it looks lumpy. Finally, gently fold through the grated beetroot and apple and spoon into the muffin cases.
  4. To make the topping, stir the mixed spice trough the flour, then add the butter, sugar and nuts.
  5. Rub between finger and thumb until crumbly and well mixed. Sprinkle evenly over the muffins.
  6. Bake in the oven for around 20 minutes until golden brown and springy to the touch.

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Beetroot is enjoying something of a revival as people discover there’s more to this great British vegetable than they thought. You can now buy beetroot in so many different ways – raw, cooked, marinated, lightly pickled - there’s so much to beetroot than the jar of pickled beetroot many of us will remember from our childhood.

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