3 medium apples, finely chopped
1 cup boiling water
200g dates, chopped or 200–300g sultanas
⅔ cup brown sugar
2–3 tsp of mixed spice/cinnamon
1 rounded tsp baking soda
1 rounded tsp baking powder
2 cups flour (white or wholemeal plain flour, or a mixture)
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C. Prepare muffin tins by greasing with margarine or spraying with oil.
Chop apples and dates, then add boiling water, margarine and sugar. Mix till the margarine has melted and the sugar dissolved.
When fruit mixture is warm, not hot, add spice and egg and mix well. Add the baking soda, baking powder and flour. Mix in, but do not over beat once flour goes in. If the final mixture is too dry, add a little milk.
Spoon into muffin tins allowing mix to rise about 50% and bake immediately for 15 minutes or until the top is golden and springs back when touched.
Variation: Blueberry, oatmeal and yoghurt muffins