Our garden has certainly been fruitful this autumn. Plenty of pears, plums and raspberries to enjoy. The danger with baking is it is all too easy to make the same cakes over and over again as you know they work. So, I decided to spend an afternoon searching my many recipe books for new ideas that I could adapt. Here is one I adapted from my Ottolenghi recipe book.

480g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp cinnamon
200g caster sugar
2 eggs
110g melted unsalted butter
280ml milk
Zest of 2 oranges
100g marzipan

Autumn fruit compote
500g plums stoned and cut into chunks
250g raspberries
60g caster sugar
1 stick of cinnamon

To make the compote, put the fruit, sugar and cinnamon mixed together in an oven dish and bake for 15 mins at 170c. When it has softened and its lovely and juicy and sticky, take it out of the oven and set outside to cool.


Put the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and cinnamon in a bowl. In a separate bowl whisk the sugar and eggs together then add the milk and butter and combine it. Grate the marzipan into the mix and add the orange zest. Add 100g of the compote and mix.


Fold in the dry ingredients and spoon the mix into muffin cases.
Bake at 170c for 25-30 mins
Serve with the remaining compote


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