This week I’ve been baking delicious cakes for a Valentine’s Day treat – a DIY afternoon tea. If you missed my blog post about how to enjoy a luxurious date with your Valentine for less, you can check it out here. So today I’m sharing the recipe that I used to bake some absolutely delicious blueberry and lemon muffins.
I found the recipe for these tasty treats in the Flora Family Fun Guide, which I’ve been looking through to get ideas for thrifty fun activities to enjoy during the half-term holidays. There are 7 simple low-cost recipes in the guide, along with lots of DIY craft projects and play-time ideas for little ones. I read the Flora research that shows families enjoy baking together (63%), doing arts and crafts (59%) and playing games at home (49%) more than extravagant outings so I’m sure that this guide will be invaluable to parents during the half-term break. I decided to try out the blueberry and lemon muffin recipe because I’ve never tried it before and I wanted to use my pretty pink and red muffin cases to create a Valentine’s Day treat.
I began by creaming sugar and Flora together then added all the delicious flavours – zingy fresh lemon juice and zest, fragrant vanilla and juicy blueberries – along with eggs, self-raising flour and baking powder. It was a really simple recipe to follow and the muffin mixture was easy to make because it doesn’t need to be completely combined, so it would be great for getting the children involved in some half-term baking. I popped the mixture into mini muffin cases in pink and red patterns to make them look super-cute for my Valentine’s Day afternoon tea. After baking, I allowed the muffins to cool before drizzling over a little icing, made up with icing-sugar and lemon juice, and grating a little more zest on top of each muffin. You can access the free Family Fun Guide for yourself on the Flora website and get the full list of ingredients and step-by-step guide to baking this delicious recipe. I can’t believe I’ve never tried making blueberry and lemon muffins before, because it was so simple and the cakes taste absolutely amazing! I am excited to share these with my family this Valentine’s Day and I hope you give it a go yourself over the half-term holiday – let me know how you get on by leaving me a comment below.