Sunday, July 5, 2009

Durian Muffin With Chocolate Chip





Its the fruit season this month, and what better is it is the Durian season too. Living in a village my parents plated lots of fruit trees around the house. From the ever popular rambutan, to mangoesteen, langsat, ciku, banana too. Not too many to be called an orchard but enough to be enjoyed by the children and granchildren.

To a westerners, the smell of durian is cloying and the taste takes a will of iron for them to stomach one. However, most Asian are familiar with durians and is certainly a big treat and very much loved and enjoyed. Comes the King of Fruit season, you will find this fruit represented in many forms:- fresh from the thorny skin, in paste form ( fondly known as tempoyak), an in all forms of cakes and sweet kuihs. Since I am in a muffin mode, I just modified the basic muffin recipe to include the durian and combine with chocolate chips..the result is fantastic. The smell when the muffin is nearly cooked from the oven is so heavenly..

Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour

11/2 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 tablespoon baking soda

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 large egg (lightly beaten)

1 cup milk

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 cup durian flesh (pulped)

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1.Preheat oven to 180 celcius .

2.Shift the flour with baking soda, baking powder and salt. Mixed into a large bowl with caster and brown sugar, stir to mix. Make a well in the center.

3.Add the eggs, milk and oil onto the dry ingredients. Lastly stir in the durian flesh. Stir mixture lightly, do not overbeat. Mixture should be a bit lumpy in texture.

4. Spoon into muffin cups or lighly greased muffin tin. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top.

5.bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Served hot is excellent!

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