22 June 2008

Mango muffin madness

I was a little excited to see rips mangoes last week at Costco, and I bought one of those giant racks o' fruit that only make sense if you are a catering business. I adore mangoes. Even slicing them is like an act of love, diving into a fruit that clings to its pit and removing the juiciest pulp known to humankind. I used to be intimidated by mangoes because I was never sure whether or not they were ripe, or if I was cutting them correctly, but after many a mango session in my kitchen, I have perfected the art of extracting heaven from a piece of fruit.

But what to do with a million mangoes nearing their prime???!! Well, muffins of course! I thought about a bundt cake but there's something magical about muffins. Compact, perfectly portioned and tasty, I have baked just about anything into a muffin for kicks. Plantains, black beans, ham and cheese have all made it into my muffin tin. After a quick search on the interwebs, I found what looked like an awesome recipe on recipezaar and adapted it to my needs (I always use whole wheat flour so they're a write-off in the breakfast category). I'm definitely saving this recipe--the muffins came out fluffy, quasi-cakey and healthy. Nom nom.

Mango Muffins (adapted from http://www.recipezaar.com/5453)
2 cups whole wheat flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 cup honey
1/4 cup vegetable oil (I used a canola/vegetable oil blend)
1/2 cup fat free half and half
1 egg
1 1/2 cup mango puree

Mix wet ingredients and dry separately, then combine. Don't overmix! 400 degree for 10-12 minutes does the trick.


Jessica@Foodmayhem said...

I love mangoes!! It's funny... in Chinatown, you'll see all the Chinese people buying any fruit by the case. That's how my mom always bought fruit so it seemed really natural to me. At least fruit is healthy. Buying Costco sized boxes of bacon and butter (which we do) is not so good for you. haha

Jessica@Foodmayhem said...

I have passed on the Sweet Home Blogger Award to you:


Megan said...

Those look AMAZING. I love mangoes, but would never have thought to put them in muffins. Great idea!

Oh, I am doubly intrigued by your website, b/c I'm a grad student in literature and foodie myself. :D