Anzac Day is nearly upon us and to continue with my tradition here on the blog, I have a brand new recipe incorporating the gorgeous flavours of Anzac biscuits in something a little different – these delicious Anzac & Caramel Muffins!
This recipe is a delicious combination of a flavourful oat and golden syrup muffin with the centre generously filled with rich creamy caramel. All of the steps are really simple but a little more involved than your usual quick muffin, and well worth the effort!
Chelsea Sugar products are such a staple in any Kiwi bakers pantry so I was delighted to partner with them again. The classic flavour of Golden Syrup is a Kiwi tradition, much loved in baking and drizzled over all sorts of tasty treats! The flavours of Chelsea Soft Brown Sugar and Chelsea Golden Syrup in this recipe are perfect! Even the caramel has Golden Syrup blended through it. My Anzac biscuits and Oat Golden Syrup Slices all contain these classic flavours and when these muffins were cooking the family came running to see what the great smell was!
You can easily skip the caramel centre but I think it made the muffins more moist and added such a delicious treat to each mouthful. I think next time we might add even MORE filling to each one, because why not!
While testing this recipe I tried out a few sugars to see which gave me the best result. I, like many of you, have various types of sugar in the pantry. In some cases sugars are interchangable and will add the sweetness you desire to any recipe, with a few tweaks. But in the case of Brown Sugars, Demerara and the like there are a few extra features that can make all the difference. This is more than just grain size. All sugar goes through different preparation processes to get the signature flavours we love to use!
In this case, I will focus on Chelsea Soft Brown Sugar vs Chelsea Demerara. Both could be used in this recipe, the Demerara gives a lovely crunch with the differing and larger sized crystals, the Brown Sugar gives a richer flavour and moistness to the muffins. They are in fact completely different sugars! While brown sugar is super fine white sugar coated in a rich molasses to make it ideal for many baking uses, Demerara is a raw sugar with a much coarser grain with natural occurring caramel flavours.
Its coarse grains are ideal for coffee lovers, but also makes a lovely addition to muffins to give a crunchy finish if sprinkled over top or the caramelised topping on a Creme Brulee. You could use both here, the Chelsea Soft Brown Sugar in the muffins and the Chelsea Demerara on top. I found in this case the Brown Sugar worked better for the muffin base as it added to the moistness of the muffin. But don’t be afraid to experiment and look into the various sugars as it could make all the difference in your next baking adventure!
So onto the recipe, there are three distinct processes, each best done separately unless you are a complete whizz at multi-tasking in the kitchen. Firstly prepare the caramel filling, taking care to stir continuously so the caramel doesn’t catch, then preparing the wet ingredients to allow sufficient time to cool while you prepare the base of the muffins. I look forward to hearing what you think!
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