Sticky ginger and beetroot muffins

Prep 15 mins | Cook 20 mins

Makes 12 large muffin

Ingredients

For the muffins
200g golden syrup
200g black treacle
150g unsalted butter
125g dark brown sugar
100g stem ginger, cut into fine dice
4tsp ground ginger
2tsp ground cinnamon
250g pack cooked beetroot
250ml milk
2 medium eggs, beaten
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
300g plain flour
For the icing
Zest 1 lemon, plus 1tbs juice
150g icing sugar

What to do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas 4, line a 12 hole muffin tray with cases.
  2. In a saucepan , add the golden syrup, black treacle, butter, dark brown sugar, stem ginger and both ground spices. Warm gently until butter and sugar have melted.
  3. Purée the beetroot in a food processor, and blend with the eggs, milk and bicarbonate of soda.
  4. Once the butter and sugar have melted, take the saucepan off the heat and add the milk, eggs & beetroot.
  5. Sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl and beat in the wet ingredients until they are smooth – batter will be quite runny.
  6. Fill the muffin cases with the batter – this is easier if you use a jug – and bake in the preheated oven until firm but springy to the touch. Be careful not to overcook the muffins, they are nice a little sticky. Remove from the tin and allow to cool on a rack.
  7. Whilst the muffins are cooling make the icing by beating all the ingredients to a smooth paste. Drizzle over the muffins when they are completely cold. These muffins keep really well for a few days in an airtight tin.