May 27, 2010

My Almond Muffins And Someone Wins The Cookbook!


Perhaps some of you are here to see what I have done with this month’s Daring Baker challenge? Unfortunately, I do not have a Daring Baker post for you this month.
May has been very busy for me and I just haven’t had the time to do much beyond regular everyday cooking and even less time to take pictures.

The fact that it has been unbearably hot has also meant that I haven’t been feeling disposed towards spending much time in the kitchen. As a result, many of my posts here this month have been of food I have cooked/ baked in the last couple of months.
While I do not have a beautiful croquembouche creation to offer you, I do have some simple yet perfect almond muffins for you all.




My daughter loves muffins, but the plain sweet kind. Whenever I make a muffin of any sort, she always wonders why I don’t make “plain and simple” muffins which are the best according to her.
I made these almond muffins for her by adapting a recipe from the Joy of Muffins by Genevieve Farrow and Diane Dreher. This little book has a delightful collection of muffins inspired by cuisines across the world and includes muffins to be had for breakfast, a main meal, dessert and in-between meals!

Muffins are so easy to make as all they require is mixing the wet ingredients with the dry ones in a few strokes. Of course, the real secret to a good muffin is to mix the ingredients quickly and without stirring the batter too much.

Unlike a lot of muffins I have seen, these contain butter rather than oil. If you prefer to, douse oil in your muffins but I find the butter gives these muffins a much better flavour.
If you like the crunch of almonds in your muffins, chop them up into slightly larger pieces. Otherwise, just grind them into large crumb sized bits.
Using toasted almonds makes these muffins even better. And if you use almonds in their skins, they show up as lovely brown flecks in the muffin.



Ingredients:


1/2 cup milk

1 egg

50 gm butter, softened at room temperature

1/2 tsp sweet almond extract

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup chopped almonds



Method:


Beat together the milk, egg, butter and almond extract in a bowl. Mix together all the dry ingredients in another bowl and add to the wet ingredient mixture. Stir only just till they’re mixed.
Remember over-mixing the batter will produce heavy and dense muffins.

Spoon the batter into greased muffin tins and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes till done and golden brown on the top. Remove from tins and cool on a rack.

Serve with tea/ coffee or as a simple dessert. This recipe makes 8 to 10 muffins depending on the size of your muffin tins.


And it is time to announce the winner of my cookbook giveaway!
I had previously mentioned that Random House India, the publishers of the Indian edition of Monica Bhide's’s Modern Spice had sent me a copy of the book to giveaway to one lucky reader of my blog.

I’m very happy to announce that luck favoured Simran of Bombay Foodie and she can look forward to seeing her copy of Modern Spice some time next week.
Congratulations Simran!


24 comments:

Sharmilee! :) said...

Muffins are fluffy , luv adding almonds in it!

Simran said...

Thanks a ton! I am really looking forward to cooking from the book :)

MeetaK said...

lol! i am procrastinating with the DB challenge this month. was thinking of giving it a total miss! but i do like these muffins and am so sure that soeren will too. hope you are doing well?

Asha said...

Cool Muffins, love Almonds. Enjoy them and the weekend too. We have long weekend ahead, Memorial day!:)

Lucky Simran! :))

Asha @ FSK said...

Totally get the motivation-sapped-by-heat!! sighh.. it's blistering here too.. Y'day i was making meringue and didn't even turn on the oven and I was SOAKED! no kidding :OO

the muffins look yummy:)) does daughter like sweet and simple in everything? :)

Rajani said...

really simple and easy recipe, will try it on my daughter as well!

suma said...

The crunch of almonds in muffins sounds too good!! Yumm!! Congrats to Simran!!

Happy Cook said...

Muffins are always welcome in my place and i do can understand you not doing the DB with such warm weather there.

innBrooklyn said...

Its true: i was heading over to see some daring choux pastry work, but the muffins look great as well. we had some miserably hot weather this week and i felt sad to think how sticky the kitchen would be the next few months!

lata raja said...

These muffins look so fluff that I am sure your daughter loves them.
Many congratulations to Simran.

Suman said...

first time here...must say you have wonderful collections of recipes here...love each and every one of them...too good..

Muffins are my fav...love any kind of muffins..that looks de-lish...thanks for sharing this!

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Sounds so tasty! And congrats to the winner of that book - I own it and LOVE it!

Sayali said...

Thats just amazing...wow

Erica said...

Great idea! I’m always looking for something I can pop in the oven on Sunday mornings for breakfast. Delicious and beautiful pictures.

Jaya Wagle said...

Is it raining almonds or muffins? Probably not either of them cause we are the only ones with almond muffin recipes in the last three days but what are the chances hun? :) At least you know yours are muffins, I am still wondering if mine are cupcakes or muffins!
The recipe sounds delicious and I love the addition of almond extract. Wish I had thought of that instead of adding plain old vanilla. :(

Ivy said...

Really simple and delicious and love the taste of almods.

Rajani said...

hi aparna here's for your query: ya i was beginning to repost but now i imported all the posts. So i think i’ll be posting the links of the old ones on FB page. I was browsing through your earliest post and found many recipes, I am so going to make. i think we need to re make or re post old dishes.

Indhu said...

love such simple muffins :)
I think I would love to have some walnuts :)

A_and_N said...

I will be honest. I miss your DB :) I always look forward to it!

But I will take this :D Like anything else on this site ;)

Hope all is well, Aparna. Not seen you on Twitter for ages now!

Natalie... said...

Ooooh wow these almond muffins look amazingly delicious, sorry you didnt have time to complete this months DB challenge, maybe next month :)

Parita said...

I too was planning to make some almond orange muffins :-)
Nice click and congratulations to Simran!

bake in paris said...

It is okay, we will see you bake Croquembouche some other time, for now I am happy with these almond muffins. They look so scrumptious :-)

Sawadee from Bangkok,
Kris

Lisa Michelle said...

Oh, dang..I always miss the giveaways lol Doesn't matter, though, as I come away with the recipe for these gorgeous, moist almond muffins and the mango fool with chocolate chip nut meringue cookies below. I am literally salivating at the thought of how both taste! Thank you so much for posting such great recipes :)

Aparna said...

Appreciate the comments. And I must say, that personally, I'd prefer my muffins over the croquembouche anyday. :)