Sunday, November 05, 2006

A wish fulfilled : Pineapple Coconut Muffins

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Pineapple Coconut Muffins

Do you know what pineapple is called in German? 'Ananas'! Which means, if you know Marathi or Hindi, then you already know a little bit of German. :) :)

Let me leave humour aside now and thank my kid-cousin, Leena for this post. It is because of her that I made these muffins in Düsseldorf. She had come visiting us along with her parents (her mother is my father's cousin) and her brother in September. A fortnight before we left Germany for good. I know, it sounds weird, but weird can be fun sometimes, right? So there.

Leena had come to us with this big wish of baking something with me. She loves baking, and she knows that I do too. And bake we did. Only a bit in a hurry. A few hours before they were to leave our place. Sounds weird again, I know, but she really really wanted to bake, and we hadn't managed it until then because we were busy doing 'Düsseldorf-Sightseeing'.

By the way, lack of time wasn't the only hurdle there. Once I realised that I had to bake something with her, I started looking for recipes. However, every recipe that looked 'do-able' asked for some ingredient or the other that I didn't have in stock. Naturally, because I had kinda started finishing off stuff because of the impending move. What I did have, though, was all-purpose flour. And that is what saved me. The paper bag containing the flour, to be precise. I found this recipe on that bag and guess what (!), I had all the ingredients. Apart from rum, that is. Well, even if I had it, I wouldn't have used it, because two kids were gonna have those muffins. And did they have them? Oh yes, with lots of gusto. And they got a few packed for the journey too. What I got in return was a tried and tested recipe AND my kid-cousin's happy face. A win-win situation, what? :)

Recipe for Pineapple Coconut Muffins

Makes 15 rather large muffins. You might consider making 18 smaller ones.

Ingredients:

200g. all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
50g. dessicated coconut
250g. pineapple pieces (Preferably canned.)
1 egg
150g. brown sugar (White sugar should be ok too.)
100ml oil (I used sunflower oil.)
250g. plain yogurt
1 tbsp rum (I used milk instead.)

Powdered sugar for dusting (optional; I used)

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 170°C.
2. Sieve the flour and baking powder together. Add the dessicated coconut to it.
3. Beat the egg. (I used a simple fork for it.) Add the sugar, oil, yogurt and rum/milk to it. Cut the pineapple into smaller pieces, in case the ones from the can are largish. Add them to the mixture and stir well.
4. Add the flour mixture and stir until just mixed. You need not use your electric beater here. Just a large spoon is enough.
5. Grease the muffin moulds with butter/oil or line them with paper cups. Fill the batter in them and bake in the pre-heated oven on the middle rack for 20-25 minutes.
6. They are done when a skewer/ knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Then take out the muffin pan and let it cool for 5-10 minutes.
7. Unmould the muffins and let them cool on a cooling rack.

Dust with powedered sugar, if you like.

Great for breakfast, as evening snack or when on the road. I've got the feedback. :)

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I'd like to send this plateful of muffins to Nandita for WBB #7 Baking for Breakfast and to Meeta for MM #6 Give Thanks. And I thank them for hosting these events. (Enough of your wordplay, Vaishali. It's time to end the post now.)
-takes cue- Ok then, Bye Folks. ;-)

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46 comments:

Catherine said...

These are charming! Great photos!

Ashwini said...

Dude!!! I didnt even know you were back to regular blogging...things have been a bit hectic.
Good to have you back. I am going to try the dal from the previous post first..will let you know :-)
Its super fun to bake with loved ones isnt it? Especially women, it connects us in a very fundamental way I think.

Pavani said...

Yummy Vaishali.. Nice to see you blogging from Pune.. Hope you are all settled in.

Gini said...

Vaishali, those pics are absolutely stunning. How are you finding your life in Pune?

shammi said...

Vaish, those muffins look gorgeous! I bought a tin of pineapples recently, with the intention of making muffins - so your post might just be the boost I need to actually GET baking! :) I wont be using any coconut in it, though...

PS. It's odd how I've been sorta missing your "presence" after you moved back to India. We havent met and you werent exactly down the street from me when you were in Duesseldorf... but somehow the distance, even virtually, seems so much more now!

Kay said...

Hi Vaishali, It's a nice blog you have here. And the muffins look yummy. I'm handicapped when it comes to baking, but this looks simple and may be the best one for kindergarten baker like me.

I'm sorry I took away your 'jaggery' for January, but do let me know whatever you decide. I'd like to participate in that event too.

Btw, where in Pune do you live. I was a Pune-ite for some years and lived in Viman nagar area.

Lakshmiammal said...

Hi Vaishali,
Great picture.You have a great talent at baking.

Nandita said...

Simply superb and thanks...have noted your numbers for good this time..will give u a call in a while :)

Sumitha said...

Lovely muffins Vaish!I can almost feel its taste with those delicious pineapples in it:)

Krithika said...

Muffins look delicious !! Did you drain the liquid from the pineapple can? I have a can that I want to use and your muffins look very tempting

Anonymous said...

Wow, those muffins look ymmmm.....can i have one of those please!!!!!!!

Vanda

Anonymous said...

Wow, an eatable Pina-Colada almost!
Looks great..

Cheers.Trupti

Anonymous said...

They look so good vaishali.
I will be happy if I get that for my breakfast everyday!

Anonymous said...

So cute and yummy. I'll eat anything with coconut in it.

Anonymous said...

Even in Tamil Pineapple is called Annasi. So we Tamilians know a little German too. The muffin is so yummy. I made it for our breakfast club @ work today. Thanks.

-Nandini.

Saffron said...

sounds great Vaishali! I love the combination of coconut and pineapple, so these muffins should be sorta like pina colada right? yummmm!

cheers!

Nabeela said...

oh those muffins look delicious! And those heart shaped moulds are the best!

Bhargavi said...

In telugu we call pine apple as Anasa pandu. Pandu means Fruit. So similar right!!
your muffins sounds delicious.
thx for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Ummmmm!!!! VERY nice! I have a tin of pineapple on hand... must try this! Just one question... any other substitute for the yogurt?

Vaishali said...

Thanks, Catherine.

Ashwini, apart from loved ones, I think I also fancy the idea of baking with fellow food-bloggers. Like you. :)

Pavani, oh yes, we are settled in. Apart from the fact that some cobwebs still need to be taken off the ceiling...and the windows need to be wiped...and the wardrobes need to be put in order...and... :)

Gini, life in Pune has much more social activity than in Germany, as expected. And also much more time wasted on the roads in traffic jams...well, as expected. :)

Shammi, I think, I am gonna have to write a mail to you in reply of your comment. This space is too small for it.

Kay, hey, please don't say that you 'took away' my theme. It was just coincidence. Moreover, that wasn't the only theme that I had it in my mind. Btw, you've been a Puneite, huh? We need to talk more about this. I am gonna go check your e-mail id now.

Vaishali said...

Thanks, Lakshmi.

I am looking forward to your call, Nandita.

The pineapple pieces in these muffins were indeed succulent, Sumitha. Btw, you are back!!!

Krithika, yes, I drained the liquid from the pineapple can. The weight mentioned here is only of the pieces. Hope you make these muffins and hope they turn out good.

Sure, Vanda. Drop in sometime, and I'll treat you to a whole batch of these. :)

'Edible PinaColada'? That was clever of you, Trupti.

Pay me a visit, RP. I promise, I'll make them fresh for breakfast for you everyday. And hey, don't forget to get your daughter along. :)

So will I, Urb Veg. :) Coconut is nice.

Thanks for coming back on that, Nandini. Btw, 'breakfast club'? Sounds interesting. Can you please tell me more about it?

The combo indeed tastes great, Saffron. Just make sure no spiders come crawling near them. ;-)

I too like those heart-shaped moulds, Nabeela. They add that extra bit of charm to the muffins.

Alison said...

Pineapple is called "ananas" in russian too. Its strange how totally different languages share the same word for the same fruit!!

Menu Today said...

Hi Vaishali,
Combination of coconut and pineapple is new to me.. Nice pic. Thanks.

ms said...

Hi vaishali,
Interesting post on muffins. Same name in german, tamil and russian and might i add in gujarati too? But of course - the scientific name of the Pineapple is Ananas Comosus.

Check out
http://foodtravails.blogspot.com/2006/08/fruit-illustrated-history-by-peter.html

Wish you many more happy burps in Pune

Anonymous said...

Breakfast club is something we have at work. Everybody will bring some breakfast on thursday to share it with everybody. Fun in the morning and I eat breakfast for sure on Thursdays.

-Nandini.

Anonymous said...

Very lovely!

Paz

v.kamath said...

hi vaishali, came upon your blog today when i googled for bhoplyacha bharit.....maybe linked to yours from someones elses. was delighted to see a marathi-konkani (same pinch hehehehe!) combo...and yes i too love my veggies....lesser additions to mask their taste the better! am not as avid a cook as some of you bloggers...but love to read/watch (foodtv) about different kinds of foods. good going girl....
btw the recipe i found had methi seeds in the phodni (which i was not used to adding)the bitter bite didnt really spread flavor into the raita/bharit.
varsha

Usha said...

The snow flake hearts look very scrumptious. I just entered the world of muffins, will give the pineapple+coconut muffin a try sometime.

Great to see you from Pune.

Puspha said...

Those muffins look & sound incredibly good. Great combination of ingredients. Sehr gut gemacht.

Pineapple is also known as "annasi" in Tamil & "nenas" in Malay, which sounds quite similar to "Ananas". :o)

Foodie's Hope said...

Beautiful creation from Pune! Ananas rocks!

Daagh said...

wohoooo!!!

looks soo delicious... difinitely worth a try :-)

Mahek said...

thanks vaishali for this wonderful recipe i will definetly try it out and let you know.
bye
mahek

Nicole said...

I saw your photo at the DMBLGIT photo gallery and I just had to come check out the recipe! These look wonderful and now that I've read the recipe, I know they taste wonderful too! Love your blog, I'll be returning soon!

Anonymous said...

Hi Vaishali,
I have been lurking around for a bit now. Love your blog, your style of writing and your pics. I tried making the "PC muffins" last week. While they tasted real good , they did not look anything like the ones in your pic. :-( This was my very first attempt at baking. Hopefully , I will only get better.I love your blog & will keep coming back for more!

Aruna said...

Vaishali,

I tried the muffins, they tasted good, but are they supposed to be soft inside ? mine turned out that way...also the muffins didnt raise very well. Have tried it twice so far .. appreciate ur feedback....Thx Aruna

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smitha said...

hi,
can u mention all the ingredients in cups pls. because i have no idea how to measure these ingredients in gms.

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