Breakfast Muffins and Battery saga!

Well, not a lot new with the battery situation. It's still hit and miss and seems to be worse if we have the 12v lights on as well as the 240v stuff. Maybe the batts are just knackered!?

What I have found is that having the engine on to charge for even just half an hour seems to 'stunt' how quick the percentage drops on the Smartgauge. So I'm still not sure if perhaps this issue is actually Smartgauge inaccuracies rather than the actually being a problem!

As I think I've said before, because of having the Smartgauge, and having that information to hand at any given time about the state of the batteries, it can make you paranoid! I think if it blows up again any time soon, I'll rip it out and not bother having another. There won't be anything to get paranoid about then!

Well, this morning I made some muffins for breakfast, and I thought that this blog could also serve as a way to sheer some recipes with you too.

They really are my favourite "breakfast muffins" as they're not overly sweet and sickly and incredibly light textured. The hint of orange in them really does give a continental breakfast feel.
They're really easy to make especially first thing(!), the most difficult part being melting the butter!

They're equally great on a summer morning or a winter morning and fantastic eaten straight from the oven and caked in strawberry jam! Don't make them the day before, make them fresh and enjoy!

Today I made them to cheer up a miserable morning, weather wise.
Sunrise Breakfast Muffins:
- 250 g self-raising flour
- 75g butter
- 25 g ground almonds
- 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 75 g caster sugar
- zest of a large orange
- 100 ml orange juice from the orange you're taking the zest
- 100 ml full-fat milk
- 1 egg
Preheat the oven to Gas 6 and get all your ingredients together

Melt the butter in a pan first and leave to the side to cool.
In a large bowl, mix the flour, ground almonds, bicarb, baking powder, sugar and orange zest together.

In a jug, measure the orange juice and milk and whisk in the egg. When the butter is cooled, pour in the melted butter. It's ok if its a little warm still, just not red hot or it will scramble the egg!
Pour the jug of liquid ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients, and mix. It will look clumped together, but don't over mix this as this is what makes it a light airy muffin.

Spoon the mixture equally into the muffin cases and cook for 20 minutes, turning the tray around half way through cooking to and the back ones burning!

Once they're done, remove from oven and eat them whilst they're still warm!

What I do, is split them open and smother them with a strawberry jam! There is NOTHING better than these in a morning and a good strong cup of coffee :)



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