Pineapple Muffins


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One of the best ways to enjoy fresh pineapples is to bake cute little Pineapple Muffins out of them! Next to Blueberry Muffins, these have got to be my favorite snack. I love Pina-Colada, os I decided to combine the great flavor combo of Pineapples and Coconut to bake these baby cakes, that are delicious and filling, and don't take much preparation. You can zest them up by adding orange, lime, or even spices, but I love them as they are, with a hint of coconut essence, fresh pineapple cubes, and nice chredded coconut!

Ingredients
Makes 12-15 medium-sized muffins

1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sweetened pineapples - diced or crushed
2 tbsp shredded coconut
1 egg
*** substitute 1/4 cup vanilla or plain yogurt for an eggless version
1 cup castor sugar
1 tsp coconut essence
1/2 tsp orange extract (optional)
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup milk (or sour cream)
1/3 cup butter - at room temperature
1 tsp baking powder

Method
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and prepare muffins pans by greasing with non-stick spray, or line them with paper-liners.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

Combine egg, milk, and melted butter in another bowl. Beat a little to combine everything together and make it frothy. Now add this to the dry mixture just until combined. Do not over-beat. Fold in the pineapples and the shredded coconut and gently stir to combine.

Spoon the mixture into the moulds (upto 2/3 full) and bake for 20 minutes, until the tops rise and become golden.

Let the muffins cool in the rack for 10 mins. Then gently remove then from the moulds and transfer to a wire rack to further cool for another 5-7 mins. (If you don't let them cool enough, the tops may sag, like mine did:))

Serve the Pineapple muffins, or baby cakes, as I like to call them, with some fresh Indian Chai. You can even layer it with some orange marmalade, or deck it up with whipped cream! Enjoy the taste of Pina Colada, albeit in a Muffin form!

This is my entry for the BBD#18 - Quick Breads that is currently running on this blog. You still have until April 1st to send in your entries. So bake something quick, and send it over!

Related Recipes:
Mango Streusel Cake
Low-Fat Blueberry Muffins
Eggless Cranberry Walnut Scones


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29 comments :

Gopi Shah said...

I love pina colada too. Your muffines look so yummy!!!

Superchef said...

mmm..pina colada muffins..that must have made your day!!

Divya Vikram said...

Looks lovely with a hint of pineapple!

Daily Meals said...

Wow! Pineapple muffins look delicious and tempting...

Chris said...

These sound great! I'll have to pass this on to me wife (she's the dessert specialist).

I can't wait to try them!

Trupti said...

muffins looks perfect Mansi..Bookmarked it

Ashwini said...

Those muffins looks awesome..Yumm

Vaidehi said...

muffin looks very pretty :)

Poornima Nair said...

Great muffins...they look yumm.

Snooky doodle said...

these look yummy and nice! Pineapple is really delicious with coconut :)

mona said...

Oh, those look so good! I definitely wanna try these cupcakes with coconut and pineapple flavors.

Anonymous said...

my kids like muffins so much, thank its very nice....

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Chandani said...

muffins look great!! i am also a big fan of pina colada, can't wait to give this a try...

Mansi said...

thanks for the supportive comments folks! its always great to see so many pineapple lovers:)

these muffins are seriously good, so I'd encourage everyone to try them out! and oh, don't forget to participate in BBD!!:)

A_and_N said...

Sending someone for BBD! :)

And I've never eaten muffins with pineapples, so this is certainly interesting!

Chandani said...

hey mansi,
awards waiting for you on my blog :)

Maya said...

I bet your kitchen was filled with lovely aromas or vanilla and pina colada when these cuties were in the oven.

Ching Hermosa said...

Hmm I have to try this one before really agreeing with your review. But then great inputs by the way.

Ricardo said...

really nice pineapple muffins, I loved them and how they look too. cheers

nath said...

hi.. Great cooking blog.. kreative & original
yummy... :)

Kasha said...

What an amazing layout on your blog. This makes mine look pretty boring! I have been looking for muffin recipes like this. Thanks so much! I was wondering if you wouldn't mind adding my blog to your blog roll or links. www.grubandstuff.blogspot.com I will for sure add yours to mine!

Alamelu said...

Hey Manasi,
I'm one big Pineapple lover. Raw, grilled, juiced, cooked i luv'em any which way. I'm a regular visitor to ur blog and I just cudn't resist baking these... but somehow, as it happened to u, the tops tht had really fluffed up, sagged down when I had left them on a rack to cool. Trust me, I left them for a good hour before easing them out of the mould. Then, they turned out dense and very moise in the centre. Sadly, I had to discard the whole batch :-( Can u tell me what I could have done wrong?

scraps said...

These do look great! I love coconut and pineapple, it does seem like we had the same idea going. Your's looks more moist, yummy! Thanks for checking out my blog.

Mansi said...

Hi Alamelu, the extreme moistness could be b'coz of the water content in the pineapples u used. Did you remove the water completely, if using canned?? as for cooling on the rack, a mere 10 mins should be good before you turn them out. Too long and they will definitely deflate, simply b'coz pineapples have higher density than blueberries or chocolate chips, hence these muffins will not have as high-tops as traditional ones:) Also, do not beat the dough a lot. Bake as soon as the fruit is mixed. When filling cups, do not mix batter between scoops. Excessive mixing causes loss of leavening, and hence flattened tops.

in case it helps, here are a few tips I've found helpful in the past:
1. http://baking.about.com/od/quickandsweetbreads/a/bakingtips.htm

2. http://www.dianasdesserts.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/bakingtips.Muffins/Muffins.cfm

Hope the next batch turns out swell!!:)

Alamelu said...

Thanks Mansi...I'd used fresh pineapples.Will keep all the tips in mind next time I bake them :-)

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CLEYDE said...

THAT WILL MAKE OUR DAY TOO....AND TODAY IS THE DAY ..FOR THAT AFTERNOON COFEE !!! THANKS...

Pooja said...

I am not a big pinacolada gal so I'd probably leave out the coconut when i make this....maybe some peach flavoring instead?

Rumela said...

Wow!! that seems to be a great recipe.I love muffins. I will definitely bake a batch this weekend.