Turmeric chai muffins

10 October 2017 by
First published: 30 October 2017

Turmeric chai muffins

These turmeric chai muffins aren’t super sweet and have a lovely soft texture, making them perfect for a weekend treat. Cook up a batch for your work mates, for your neighbours or for a dinner party and you’ll be the talk of the town!

Ingredients (makes 8)

50g unsalted butter, softened

120g golden caster sugar

1 egg

½tsp vanilla extract

175g plain flour

½tsp salt

¾tsp baking powder

¼tsp bicarbonate of soda

1tsp ground cinnamon

½tsp ground turmeric

½tsp ground ginger

½tsp ground cardamom

¼tsp ground black pepper

100ml milk (or nut milk of choice)

For the glaze

25g butter, melted

60g icing sugar, sifted

2tsp milk (or nut milk of choice)

¼tsp ground cinnamon

Pinch of ground ginger

Pinch of ground turmeric

Pinch of ground cardamom

¼tsp vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 180°C, Gas Mark 4 and line a muffin tray with 8 paper cases.

Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl with a wooden spoon until pale and fluffy. Gradually add the egg and vanilla extract and mix until fully incorporated.

In a separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together including the spices. Add half the dry ingredients to the egg and sugar mixture and mix until fully combined. Add half the milk and mix in before adding and mixing the remaining dry ingredients. Finally incorporate the rest of the milk until you have a smooth mixture.

Spoon this mixture into each muffin case almost to the top. Bake for around 20–25 minutes, or until the tops of the muffins are well risen and spring back when touched (or check with a skewer). Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Meanwhile, combine all the glaze ingredients until smooth. Once the muffins have cooled slightly, after 5–10 minutes, dip their tops into the glaze and wait until it hardens. They can then be double-dipped if desired for extra flavour. Alternatively, you can drizzle the glaze over the tops of the muffins with a spoon.

Recipe courtesy of The Turmeric Cookbook published by Aster, £10, octopusbooks.co.uk.

For more sweet treats, check out these fruity trifles with cashew cream or our chocolate banana protein bread recipe.

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