Honey-Orange and Thyme Bran Muffins
Submitted by: Lady Seanna
55 g unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for greasing the tin
55 g soft light brown sugar
150 ml Buttermilk
2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon soft thyme leaves
60 ml clear honey
grated zest of 2 oranges
225 g plain flour
225 g wheat bran
1 tablespoon baking powder
pinch of salt
Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4. Lightly butter a 12-cup muffin tin. Place the brown sugar in a bowl and combine with the melted butter, Buttermilk, eggs, thyme, honey and orange zest. In another bowl combine the flour, bran, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the dry ingredients and then fold in the buttermilk mix. Don't overwork, but combine until just mixed. Fill each muffin cup two-thirds full of the batter, then bake for 25-30 minutes until the muffins are golden and cooked through. Remove from the oven, allow to stand for 10 minutes then turn the muffins out on to a cake rack to cool completely.

Hazelnuts and Orange Biscuits
Submitted by: Lady Seanna
180 g butter
150 g caster sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
240 g self-raising flour, sifted
finely grated zest of 1 orange
90 – 120 g of hazelnuts, roughly chopped
Using a standing mixer or electric hand beater, cream the butter and sugar thoroughly for 4-5 minutes until pale. Mix in the egg, sifted flour, orange zest and nuts. Form mixture into two balls, then roll them out with both hands until you have a sausage, about 5cm in diameter. Wrap separately in waxed paper and foil and refrigerate, preferably overnight. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment. Slice the sausage into biscuits about the thickness of a pound coin. Place them on the baking sheet, leaving a bit of space between them to allow for expansion. Bake for 7-8 minutes, checking them carefully as they easily burn. Immediately lift them from the tray with a palette knife. Place on a rack to crisp.

Fruit Bread
Submitted by: Mickey Mom
Fruit Bread
Photo courtesy: Mickey Mom
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
3/4 cups oil
2 tablespoon Vanilla
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 cups diced fruit (apples, cherries, plums, pears, cooked pineapple tidbits, etc)
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Beat together sugar, eggs, oil and Vanilla. Add all other ingredients. Grease pans well, fill just a tad over 1/2 full. Bake 325F approximatelly 1 hour 20 minutes for large loaves. For the tiny pans, 30 minutes is just about right. Check with a tooth pick or broom straw in the center for doneness.
No yeast involved.....no raising... Mix the fruit..you will have surprisingly delicious results!
 Tiny pans are ideal for gift baskets!!

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