February 23, 2008

Eggless Pomegranate Apple Walnut Muffins

Pomegranates are a regular sight at fruit vendors and in the fruit section in supermarkets here in Kochi. We get a variety of pomegranate called “Kabuli” (maybe because they come from Kabul or maybe this variety is originally from thereabouts). This pomegranate has deep ruby red arils and is very sweet and juicy.
We eat the fruit as it is or I add it to salads (gives them a nice sweet and crunchy note) or make “raita” (an Indian yogurt based salad) to serve with parathas or pulav/ biriyani.
When I discovered that this month’s AFAM was pomegranate, I wanted to see if anything different could be made. Google came to rescue, of course, and I found a few recipes I could make. Of these a pomegranate ginger muffin and a pomegranate banana pistachio bread at the POMWonderful site caught my fancy, simply because they were vegetarian and I had the required ingredients at home.
I love bananas but somehow do not like the taste of them in baked food. So I took a bit out of both recipes and made some little additions and subtractions and came up with this recipe.

1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
½ cup pomegranate arils
¾ cup grated apple + 1 ½ tsp lemon juice
¾ cup sugar
¼ cup chopped walnuts
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 cup milk
3 tbsp oil (I use sunflower + rice bran oil)

Sieve together the flours and baking powder into a bowl. Add the salt, and sugar and mix well. Now add the pomegranate, walnuts and mix. Add the apple and lemon juice. Pour in the milk and oil.
Fold the mixture very lightly till everything is just mixed. Overmixing will spoil the texture of the muffins.
Spoon batter into greased muffin cups/ pans and bake at 200C for about 15 -20 minutes till the tops are golden brown. Cool muffins in the cups for about 10 minutes, remove and cool on a rack.
This recipe gave me 10 domed muffins. My muffin cups are slightly bigger and I filled them with batter so they would be domed. With smaller muffin tins you should get 12 muffins.

The muffins were a little more moist than usual and this is probably because of the pomegranate. While we decided that they were not bad, we unanimously voted to keep our muffins free of pomegranate in future. We will definitely continue eating our pomegranates in our earlier established fashion!
These muffins were made for AFAM Pomegranate at SRA's blog. I am also sending them over to Suganya for WBB: Healthy Eats as they are healthy and great for breakfast. These are also going to Vanamala's Kids Food Event as my daughter loves muffins and I often make them for her.


sra said...

Aparna, thank you for the entry. They look nice and I somehow am attracted to the faint pink depressions in the muffins where the arils have separated from them!

Sig said...

Beautiful Muffins Aparna, a great entry for the event...

Nags said...

i think this is quite similar to sunita's entry :) i had plans to bake a pom pound cake but became lazy in the last minute :D

DEEPA said...

wow!!!these muffins are awesome !!!great entry for the event!!!

Red Chillies said...

I have never tried adding POM in baking. I love this idea as I always look for eggless recipes. Hey, that is also hatrick of events.

Suganya said...

You can add half a banana for a better rise. Thanks for the entry, Aparna.

Mythreyee said...

That looks gorgeous and a great egg less recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Rachel said...

The muffins look lovely....poms in them..err...will go by your verdict! :)

Rosie said...

Hi Aparna, what awesome looking muffins!!! I like the sound of adding pomegranate to the mix.

Rosie x

Sagari said...

pomegranate in muffins yummyyyyyyyy

Happy cook said...

Muffins looks great.

Angel... said...

Hey you are perfect....your muffen looks really nice...my mouth is watering now..

Thanks for sharing

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Vcuisine said...

Lovely they are Aparna. Apple in muffins give a nice texture always. Viji

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Ooh, these sound fabulous. Really, Aparna, I can't wait to try them.

Sia said...

i am amazed to see how pom ariles still retained their moistness and colour. wonderful entry.

Aparna said...

They do look beautiful, I agree and I was also surprised that the pomegranate stayed moist.
Do try themout and you could be surprised.

Vanamala said...

Hi aparna

Looks yummy!! i've never tasted pom & apple muffins. will try it :)

Thanks you for participated in my kid's event.


Mansi Desai said...

that's innovative for sure:) I'm not too sure about pomegranates in muffins though:)

Aparna said...

Sra and Vanamala,
Glad you liked them and you're welcome.

Sig, Nags, Deepa,Rachel, Rosie, Sagari, HC, Angel, Viji, Susan, and Sia,
Thanks, never thought about adding pom to muffins till now.

RCs and Mythreyee,
I also tend to avoid using eggs if I can.

I don't particularly like bananas in baked food even though I love bananas.:)

Pom in muffins are not bad, just my personal preference would be not to add them to the muffin.

Angel... said...

Ur welcome!!!