In Germany redcurrants are often combined with meringue (and whipped cream). The sourness of the berries as well as their soft texture are balanced out so well by the crispy and sweet meringue topping. Of course a vegan meringue is possible but I’ve honestly never tried it. A while ago my friend Panda with Cookie sent me an awesome package full with vegan goodies including a package of Dandies vegan marshmallows. And even though the texture of marshmallows is totally different from that of meringues, they work as a great substitute if you bake them.
It was a little bit difficult to arrange the marshmallows on the muffins but it worked out perfectly with this little toothpick trick. Make sure to remove the picks immediately after baking when the marshmallows are still soft, or the toothpicks stick to the candy like crazy. As you can see above I wasn’t always quick enough, the sugar already had started to harden up and got slightly stringily when I tried to remove the picks. I made up for that by adding extra marshmallows and just toasted them a bit with my kitchen blow torch.
Redcurrant Muffins with Marshmallows (makes 6)
150 g (1 1/4 cups) all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
75 g (6 tablespoons) sugar
2 tablespoons ground almonds
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
150 ml (1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons) soy milk
3 tablespoons apple sauce
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
100 g (3/4 cup) fresh redcurrants
about 54 pieces vegan mini marshmallows
Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F). Grease 6 tins of a muffin pan with oil.
In a bowl combine flour, baking powder, sugar, and almonds. Whisk to combine. Add vanilla, soy milk, apple sauce, and oil. Stir until most lumps are gone and fold in redcurrants.
Pour the batter into the prepared tins and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and stick a couple of toothpicks into the muffins so they can hold the marshmallows. Place 9 mini-marshmallows in the centre of each muffin. Bake for another 5-7 minutes or until the marshmallows are toasted. Remove toothpicks immediately. Transfer the muffins to a baking rack and let cool completely.