July 18, 2009

A Bit of Mango Madness: Eggless Mango Ginger Muffins


Yes, mangoes are still very much around and not just on my blog. As each year goes by, I'm beginning to find the mango season here is getting longer. Mangoes disappear from our trees and the market, here, with the onset of the monsoons in June.
However, it is still summer in many other parts of India and the mango season continues a little longer there. Technology and progress (read efficient transportation, maybe new hybrid varieties and some genetic engineering?) are now ensuring we're getting summer mangoes in the middle of the rainy season!
In a couple of years, it wouldn't surprise me to see fresh mangoes in December, imported from some other part of the world!!

I have mentioned, previously, that I am actively trying to shorten my "bookmarked" list of recipes. Susan's Mango Bread with Cashews and Raisins and Arundathi's Mango Bread are two of those recipes and they partially inspired these muffins of mine.
Until this year, when I saw so many posts on various blogs dedicated to it, I never realized there was thing like "Mango Bread".
I guess it's really not surprising to find mango in bread. If applesauce, bananas, strawberries, carrots, pumpkin and zucchini can be in bread, why not mango?




I looked through a few recipes and realized that mango bread was basically a quick bread. Most recipes also seemed to use raisins and walnuts (which my daughter doesn't really like), and also called for 3 eggs, on the average. My guess is that this bread would need those eggs to make a crumbly/ fluffier textured bread.
I decided to make muffins muffins(which is also a quick bread) instead and wanted to see if I could come up with an eggless version.

A couple of unsuccessful attempts resulted in this recipe. I have used half of whole wheat flour and half of all purpose flour here. If you want a less dense muffin, please replace the 1 cup of whole wheat flour with all purpose flour. Please also feel free to add raisins and walnuts (I used cashewnuts instead, like Susan did) if you prefer them. I also used powdered cardamom as the spice here, as it really pairs very well with mango.



Ingredients:


1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup demarara sugar (or brown sugar)

2 tsp fresh grated ginger

1 1/2 tsp freshly crushed cardamom

3 tsp baking powder

3 to 4 tbsps broken/ chopped cashewnuts

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup fresh mango purée

3/4 cup plain yogurt

1/2 cup milk

1 tbsp flax seed powder in 2 tbsp warm water

4 tbsp oil




Method:


Take two dry bowls.
In one bowl, put all the dry ingredients (the first eight ingredients on the list) and mix well with a fork. You might like to either increase or decrease the quantity of sugar depending on how sweet your mango purée is.

In the other bowl, put all the wet ingredients (the remaining five ingredients) and whisk together lightly.
Now pour the mixed liquid into the dry ingredients and fold everything with a light hand till just mixed. Remember these are muffins, so over mixing will result in tough tasteless muffins. A lumpy batter, showing slight streaks of flour is fine.

Spoon the batter into greased muffin pans (or pans lined with cupcake liners), so each depression is a little over 3/4ths full. If you like your muffins domed, fill them a little more, but be careful as sometimes the muffin batter will overflow while baking and make a mess!

Bake at 190C for 25 to 30 minutes till light brown on top and a skewer/ knife inserted into the muffin comes out clean. Cool on a rack.
This recipe makes 12 muffins.

I am sending these eggless mango ginger muffins to Madhuram's Eggless (Whole Grain) Baking Event: Whole Wheat.




19 comments:

jayasree said...

I too tried a cake and muffins with mango. Liked the addition of ginger. Loved your muffin's crumb.

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

I too hadn't heard of mango bread until it came up on TWD! Your muffins look delicious!

Ria said...

U know what A! Please change the pomo profile pic to a mango :P Would suit ur madness better :D

Love the click... artificial indoor lighting? And the muffins look really good! They have risen so well! Is it too mango-ey in taste? Never tasted one :)

Hari Chandana said...

Woww.. looks soo tempting and delicious... wonderful click.. lovely presentation.. :)

Curry Leaf said...

I know they are delish.I too made mango muffins and had included coconut as well.Love the muffins.I never loved mango till I tasted the muffins.Rather than fresh rpe mangoes I prefer them in a muffin or cake.

Pari said...

Wow! Your muffins look absolutely superb. I am yet to try a mango cake and yes I am still waiting for you to visit my blog and read your comment.

Parita said...

Ah i wish we get mangoes here too..mango and ginger sounds delicious combination, muffins have baked beautifully!

Manggy said...

You absolutely went the right way-- raisins and walnuts would only interfere with that wonderful mango flavor! :)

Priya Narasimhan said...

Looks like a must try eggless muffin recipe. Now you are increasing my bookmarked recipe list. :-)

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Looks lovely. They should have tasted very nice with the cardamom and cashews in them.

Soma said...

Mango & ginger sounds really good!

Madhuram said...

This perfectly fits the event's criteria Aparna. Mango and cardamom and with cashews too is such a wonderful combination. I too have done something similar. Thank you so much for sending it to the event.

Cynthia said...

Mango madness is always a good thing!

Ivy said...

My daughter daoesn't like raisins and walnuts either. It sounds delicious.

Prathibha said...

ohh so many flavors in it...it would be lovely with loads of flavor n mango..

Doloncookbook said...

Wow ... Cake with mango & ginger is really great idea ... I cakes looks delicious ...

Bergamot said...

Looks deliciously healthy... mango with ginger is a different combination..

Raaga said...

I made peach and ginger recently :)

Madhura Manoj said...

Nice blog.Mango muffins looks yummy... Cme here from indibloggers