Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Carrot Coconut Muffins

My adventures in the kitchen have become much more interesting after I discovered the food blogging world. There are a zillion options out there, waiting to be 'tried and tasted' and after blog hopping for a while, it actually gets difficult to decide on what I want to make from which blog !

I never attempted baking earlier, except for an odd cake once in a way. I just didnt think I could do that well, but over the last few months, after seeing so many of you baking so wonderfully, I gathered all my courage and now am thrilled to say I've even baked bread a few times !!

When my brother was in UK a couple of months back, I asked him to pick up a muffin tray for me and ever since I got here, I've been waiting to try out a lot of the bookmarked muffin recipes.

I wanted to make these lovely looking muffins I had seen on Miri's blog for a long time, but everytime I decided making it, there was some ingredient always missing, either the carrots or the butter or sometimes, even the flour !!

But today, I had to make it, with a few substitutions though...
It turned out really really nice - soft with these nice bites of carrots, raisins and coconut in between.

What you need -

1 cup maida
1 cup wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup butter (unsalted)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 cups grated carrots
1 apple
2 really ripe bananas
1 cup grated coconut
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup raisins
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

What you do with it -

Mix together the flours, baking powder, cinnamon powder and baking soda
Peel and grate the apple
Run the bananas thru the blender to make a smooth paste
Beat the eggs and keep aside
In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together till creamy. Add the pureed bananas and beat some more
Mix in the eggs and vanilla essence into the butter, bananas and sugar and then add the flour, grated carrots, greated apple, chopped walnuts, raisins and coconut mixing just until combined
In Miri's words "The key to spongy muffins is not to mix the ingredients too much but just till they come together"
Spoon the batter into lightly greased muffin pans or you can line the muffin pans with muffin papers and then spoon the batter into them.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 deg C (350F) for about 25 minutes till a toothpick inserted comes out clean
Rest for 10 minutes and turn out of the muffin pan and let it cool completely


Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Looks delicious!

SJ said...

I love muffins!! yep, I agree with you -baking even more after the food blog started ! I made your aloo mutter bohot saare mutter. I didn't add alu (you know why :( ) and used gobi instead. It became so soft in the cooker bang bang bang my head on the wall! The taste was real good!! But guess what J is going out of town tomorrow. So its going to be ALOO mutter again YAAAYYYY!!!!

Priya said...

Delicious muffins with carrot and coconut...

rekhas kitchen said...

carrot and coconut mmmm intresting looks so delicious

Suparna said...

Both the ingre are healthy and make a good combo actually a rare combo :) the recipe seems easy...I'll make it the cake way :)
Thanks.nice mug in the snap

Anonymous said...

looks very very fragrant and good! yum! but what is maida again?

Superchef said...

carrot and coconut - that will be a yummy combo!! have never had it, but i can only imagine :)

A_and_N said...

Muffins!! I'm baking them after a long time this weekend :) Mebbe will do yours!

Johanna said...

These muffins look delicious and full of fruit - I too find blogging quite inspiring and I love seeing how other bloggers adapt recipes - it has helped liberate me from having to follow recipes exactly and given me lots of ideas

Maya said...

Coconut and muffins - my two favourite things :) Happy baking!!!

Cham said...

Carrot and coconut great flavor, yummy and healthy!

Kevin said...

I like the sound of the coconut in these carrot muffins.


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