Maiden Wakes Muffins

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These muffins are traditionally eaten during Imbolc, also known as candlemas. Quick and easy to make and containing carrot, apple, raisins and almonds so they are a lot healthier than most muffins


250g flour
2 Carrots, grated
60g raisins
1 apple, peeled, cored, grated
180g sugar
50g almonds sliced (I have used ground almonds in this recipe as well)
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
3 eggs
2 tsp cinnamon
150g vegetable oil
1/2 tsp salt
2tsp vanilla


  • Soak raisins in hot water for 30 minutes. Drain thoroughly
  • Preheat oven to Gas 4, 180 C.
  • In a large non-metal bowl, mix flour, sugar, bicarb of soda, cinnamon and salt.
  • Stir in carrots, raisins, apple, and almonds.
  • In a separate bowl, beat eggs, oil, and vanilla until well blended. Stir egg mixture in to the flour mixture.
  • Grease muffin pan with a little butter or use cupcake/muffin cups. Divide the batter into the cups and bake for 20-22 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan. Makes 8 large muffins or 12 smaller ones

I have also tried making these wthout sugar. They have more of a museli bar taste. I don’t mind withor without sugar but I think everybody else would chose the sugar ones. You can see the difference the lack of sugar made to the appearance

Left no sugar, right with sugar

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