Last Christmas I bought some tins of Creme de Marron (sweet chestnut puree) but unfortunately they did no more than linger at the back of my baking cupboard.... until today that is. Getting into the Christmas spirit I was flicking through Delia's Happy Christmas this morning when I spotted a recipe for chestnut cupcakes using creme de marrons. I decided to adapt Delia's recipe a little bit to suit what ingredients I already had in the house and came up with these little treasures.
If you're not keen on mince pies or heavy fruit cake, these would make a great sweet alternative.
| Serves: 8 | Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Cook Time: 30 Minutes | Total Time: 45 Minutes |
- 150g Creme de Marron
- 110g Soft Butter
- 2 Eggs, beaten
- 110g Plain Flour
- 11/2tsp Baking Powder
- 4 TBSP Milk
- 100g Cream Cheese
- 100g Sour Cream
- 100g Creme de Marron (handily creme de marron usually come in 250g tins)
- Icing sugar to dust.
- Step 1: Preheat oven to 170c and put 8 large cupcake liners into a muffin tin. Whisk together the butter and creme de marron until pale and fluffy.
- Step 2: Add the beaten eggs slowly and continue to mix.
- Step 3: Sieve in the flour, baking powder and fold in then add the milk and mix gently until combined.
- Step 4: Spoon into the cupcake cases and bake for 25 - 30 minutes.
- Step 5: When baked, remove from oven and leave to cook. Meanwhile make up the topping by mixing the cream cheese, sour cream and creme de marron in a bowl until combined.
- Step 6: Spread onto the cupcakes once completely cold.