Tropical Coconut Muffins
Prep time: 15 mins | Bake time: 20 mins | Yield 14-15 muffins
- 250 grams / 9 oz all purpose flour (maida)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon soda bi carb / baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice powder * see notes
- 115 grams / 4 oz butter
- 225 grams / 9 oz brown sugar (I used muscovado)
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons thick yogurt/curds – natural, pineapple or banana flavoured
- 1 tablespoon rum (skip if you wish)
- 1 ripe banana, sliced (I used 2-3 tiny Elaichi/Kadholi bananas)
- 75 grams / 2-3/4th oz canned pineapple rings, drained and chopped
- 55 grams / 2 oz dessicated coconut
For the topping:
- 4 tablespoons raw sugar (I used demerara)
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 25 grams / 1 oz dessicated coconut
1. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with cupcake liners. Sift the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda and allspice) into a mixing bowl. Preheat the oven at 200 degrees C.
2. In another bowl cream together the butter and brown sugar. Add the lightly beaten eggs, mix in the yogurt and rum (if using)
3. Add the banana, pineapple and dessicated coconut and mix gently. Add this mixture into the bowl of sifted flour and other dry ingredients. Do not overstir the mixture – just mix till combined. It is ok if the batter seems a little lumpy.
4. Use a tablespoon to fill up the cupcake liners upto 2/3rds full with the prepared batter.
6. Mix together the raw sugar and allspice and sprinkle it over the muffins. Next, sprinkle the dessicated coconut and transfer to the preheated oven and bake for about 20 minutes or till the muffins have risen and turned golden and the skewer inserted comes out clean.
7. Remove the pan and allow to cool outside for 10 mins. Transfer the muffins onto a wire rack and let it cool down a bit before serving.
1. Allspice is the name of a kind of a warm spice like cinnamon or clove. It has a unique aroma of all spices and hence the name. Allspice plants are common down South India especially Mangalore and Kerala. Allspice should not be confused for garam masala which is a blend of different spices ground and mixed together. If you do not have allspice, substitute with equal quantity of cinnamon or just about 1/8th teaspoon of nutmeg powder. You may skip it altogether.
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