Monday, 10 February 2014

Cashew Muffins

I am the Baker : Baking has become a weekly affair at our home now !!! Infact, just last week when i went past a pastry shop, i had this urge to buy and eat one!!! But, the baker inside me told myself, that i might as well go home, bake some ( not to forget the freshhhh aroma of a cake baking that fills the home...Oooh...laaaa...laaaaa ) and cherish it with a cup of coffee :))) 

I am simply in love with baking... As mentioned earlier, me or hubby dearest are not much fan of icings or any toppings on cake... we like pure fresh spongy cake!!! And i had tried the chocolate, tutty-fruity, and rum-n-raisin cake before !!!( Recipes uploaded before )
This time i thought of trying my hand at muffins with cashews ( Cashews being hubby's favourite dry-nut ). I had a lot of them at home ... Yes, people generally eat a lot of dry fruits and nuts during winters to keep warm, and this time when my mother came to Delhi, she got me a whole big packet of all the raisins, almonds, figs, cashew nuts, and pistachios !!!

These muffins are so easy to bake, you can make them on regular basis changing the cashew powder to almonds or any dry fruit of your choice.

Ingredients :

(Makes 8-9 muffins )

All purpose flour( Maida) - 1 cup
Sugar - 3/4 cup ( If using powdered sugar, adjust according to taste )
Butter - 2.5 tbsp
Cashew powder - 1/4 cup ( Grind the cashews in mixer for a fine powder )
Egg - 1
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Baking soda - 1/4 tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Milk - 1/2 cup
Vanilla essence - 1 tsp

Recipe :

Sieve Maida, Baking powder, Baking soda and salt together. Sieve it one more time and set aside.
Beat Cashew powder and butter together in another bowl.
Now add the egg and beat again.
Now add the sugar and mix it all well.
Mix in the vanilla essence.
Add the flour mixture and milk alternatively to cashew-butter mixture. Add slowly and mix it all well, so that you get a fine smooth texture.

You can add some cashew chopped pieces in the mixture or on top ( after setting in the muffin tray ). You can even add tutty-fruity , if you like.

Grease and dust the muffin tray with butter and Maida. Now put the muffin mixture into the the tray. ( Fill it only till 1/2 or 3/4 th , as it will tend to rise up when it bakes ).

Preheat oven to 180 degrees for 15 minutes. Bake the muffins at 180 degrees for around 30-35 minutes or till you see a browning on top!!!

So, how about having them with a cuppa coffee???

Happy Baking :)

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