Oh I can not begin to tell you how utterly amazing it feels to be back in my kitchen cooking my simple recipes once again.
Last weeks layered white chocolate birthday cake fiasco left me reeling.
I won’t go into too much detail here (birthday post coming soon) but I will say there were tears, tantrums and meltdowns of epic proportions and I am not talking about Miss G. and her journey into toddlerhood.
Let’s just say I had quite obviously bitten off more than I could bake after being caught up in the sublime beauty that is pinterest.
I now have a new found respect for those seriously talented mummy’s (and daddy’s) out there who bake and create some seriously incredible birthday cakes with ease!
I clearly am not one of them.
And that’s ok. I am more than happy to stick to my simple little recipes that are a joy to bake and a pleasure to eat.
Speaking of which today’s recipe is a beautiful batch of muffins chock full of gorgeously juicy fresh mango and coconut.
I adore mangoes. Being Aussie I’m pretty sure the love of mango is coded into our DNA somehow. That and our love affair with hot days, long summers, sandy beaches and cold beer.
For me, summer begins the moment I see mangoes adorning the shelves of the fruit market and although they’re usually ridiculously over priced I can’t help but pick up a couple. Yesterday with the first mangoes of the season in my shopping bag I couldn’t wait to get home and prepare a little for Miss G. to see if indeed my DNA theory stood true.
And although I am very happy to report that yes the love affair with mangoes has percolated down the old DNA Miss G. did have a little trouble eating the slippery pieces of tropical fruit. In an attempt to make the mango a little easier to handle I decided to stud a batch of muffins with the gorgeous flesh of a large perfectly ripe muffin.
Strewn through a wholemeal coconut muffin the mango was much easier for her little hands to hold and she scoffed down her muffin along with a little orange for morning tea.
To create your own batch of these mango and coconut studded muffins simply…
Begin by preparing the mango. Remove each cheek of the mango by running your knife along the edge of the seed. Score each cheek and fan out. Slice the squares of flesh off and discard the skin and seed. Set aside.
Next, place the wholemeal flour, baking powder, brown sugar and coconut into a large bowl.
Mix to combine and make a well in the centre.
In a jug place the oil, eggs, yoghurt and vanilla and whisk to combine.
Pour the wet ingredients into the well of the dry and mix until just combined. Do not over mix.
Fold through the gorgeously juicy pieces of fresh mango.
Using a 1/4 measuring cup ladle the muffin batter into a 12 hole muffin tray lined with muffin papers.
Top each muffin with a little sprinkle of extra coconut and brown sugar and pop into a preheated 180 degree celsius (350 F) oven to bake for 15 -20 minutes or until cooked and slightly golden.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before placing the muffins on a wire rack to cool completely. Serve alongside a little fresh fruit for a gorgeous morning or afternoon tea. Enjoy x
mango & coconut muffins
2 cups wholemeal plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup brown sugar, plus extra to sprinkle
1 cup coconut, desiccated, plus extra to sprinkle
¾ cup (180ml) vegetable oil
1 cup thick natural yoghurt
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 large mango, diced
Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Line a muffin tray with 12 muffin paper cases.
Place flour, baking powder, brown sugar and coconut into a large bowl and mix to combine making a well in the centre. Place the oil, eggs, yoghurt and vanilla in a jug and whisk to combine. Pour the wet ingredients into the well of the dry and mix until just combined. Do not over mix. Add mango and gently fold to combine.
Pour the mixture into the muffin cases (I use a ¼ cup measurement for this, super fast, clean and easy) and top each muffin with a sprinkling of brown sugar and coconut. Pop into the oven and bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until cooked (test by pressing gently on the top of the muffin, if the muffin bounces back they are done). Enjoy x
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