I'm staying at my parent's house for the summer and their garden is rich with fresh vegetables and luscious fruits. The plum tree has just begun producing for the season, and I couldn't resist the urge to use them for something...
Yeah you guessed it,muffins. There's something about making muffins that I just can't seem to get enough of. Perhaps its the endless selection that one can pour into a muffin tray, or maybe its just the simple pleasure of mixing the dry with the wet...whatever it is, muffins are my thing.
I can never seem to stick to a recipe when I'm making muffins for some reason, so I usually just make up my own.
Below is my version of plum and coconut muffins. The combination of the sugar, coconut and plum gives a tarty, sweet-but-not-too-sweet taste. Enjoy:
1/2 cup castor sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk
2 cup Self Raising flour
1 cup coconut
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup chopped plums (or 1 can plums)
Beat sugar with eggs, add vanilla, oil and milk. Mix to combine. Fold in flour, coconut, cloves, cinnamon and plums. Do not over mix as it usually results in 'peaked and cracked' muffins. Add more milk if needed.
Pour mixture into greased muffin tray (fill to about 3/4 -4/4 full - I like mine nice and full to give a 'plumped' and 'whole' look when cooked).
Bake for 15-25 minutes at 180 degrees celsius or until golden brown and skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool in tray for five minutes before removing. Dust with icing sugar or drizzle over lemon glaze:
(Comine- 1/2 cup icing sugar
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp butter)
Serve warm with lots of butter...mmm