Cherry plum & coconut muffins
Makes 12

This is a great way to use up a glut of cherry plums which often grow wild in hedgerows - or, in my case, in a neighbour's garden!


90g butter, softened
1 cup caster sugar
2 eggs
½ tsp coconut essence
½ cup plain yoghurt
2½ cups self-raising flour
½ cup milk
½ cup desiccated coconut
1 cup diced plums, with stones removed
¼ cup thread coconut, to sprinkle


1. Heat oven to 180°C. Grease 12 standard muffin pans or line with paper cases.

2. Beat butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and fluffy. Beat in eggs, coconut essence and yoghurt. Stir in flour, then milk and finally desiccated coconut, stirring just enough to combine. Gently fold in plums.

3. Spoon mixture into prepared muffin pans. Sprinkle surface with thread coconut and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until firm and golden brown.