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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Tropical Muffins


Hello, I'm Melissa's flatmate, Ashley.  Usually I benefit from Melissa's baking hobby, but last week the tables turned.  I needed to use up a mango that was a ticking time bomb of ripeness.  After searching online for "mango recipes", I found quite a few variations on muffins and decided to cobble one together. The results were great! They didn't stick around for very long. Here's the recipe I used, with my variations in brackets:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (thanks Melissa! I borrowed some from you :)
½ teaspoon salt
3 eggs, lightly beaten
¾ cup vegetable oil (Holy crap that seems like a lot! You can replace some of the oil with applesauce. I didn't have any so I used all the oil. I also didn't have any plain vegetable oil so I used extra virgin olive oil. Me Gusta. If you were my mom, you might use mayonnaise, which sounds weird but is actually delicious in baked goods.)
1 tablespoon lime juice (I didn't have any so I used lemon juice instead)
2 cups diced ripe mango (my mango was very ripe, so I pureed it instead)
1 medium ripe banana, mashed (my mango only yielded 1 cup, so I used a large banana, and added enough orange juice to bring the total amount of fruit up to 2 liquid cups)
½ cup raisins (ew, gross. I omitted these)
½ cup chopped walnuts (my husband in allergic, so I replaced the walnuts with shredded coconut instead)

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  In another bowl, combine the eggs, oil and lime (or lemon) juice; add to the dry ingredients just until moistened.  Stir in the mango, banana, raisins (Yuck. Omit.) and nuts (substitute with coconut to avoid killing your allergic loved ones).

Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.  Bake at 350˚F (175˚C) for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. 
If you're anything like my husband and you hate paper muffin liners with an irrational passion, you can do what I did, which is to grease the muffin pans first with butter, then coat them with shredded coconut instead of the typical flour.  It results in a tasty and cute alternative.  The recipe yielded about 20, but I wish I did them a bit bigger, so I would recommend condensing it into 18 cups max.



1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this recipe "Tropical muffins" I was wanting a no butter recipe and everything mentioned in recipe I pretty much had in the cupboard. I like that Ashley improvised with whatever she had. I too improvised by using a can of peaches instead of mango. I have baked this morning and made 21 muffins. I have given 6 away to a friend, will freeze 6, and the rest my family will eat today. Also, I substituted pecans for walnuts and sprinkled ready made Greggs crumble topping on some of my muffins (I got my inspiration from your blueberry crumble muffins. Keep up the great work, I love your site.