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 cups grated carrots
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