Thursday, May 31, 2007

Jackfruit Muffins

Jackfruit Muffins
This month's JFI theme chosen by charming couple Bee & Jai is Jackfruit. The gentle giant of the fruit kingdom with its enticing aroma and sweet scrumptious pods is all set to entrance us in a variety of mouth watering recipes in JFI array, thanks to Indira.

The jackfruit tree itself creates ample interest in the way the fruits are borne on the trunk. Like pearls hidden inside the silky bed of an oyster, the firm, succulent pod is hidden inside a rough and tough outer green rind followed by yellowish sticky appendages which hold the pods in place. Cutting a jackfruit itself is an art. The fruit has to be carefully cut in layers so as to extract the pods intact. To avoid the stickiness of the interiors while cutting, oil is used as a lubricant on hands. My aunt Tulasi is the only one in the family who can cut a jackfruit perfectly. It was always fun to watch her cut the fruit and hand the pods over to our eager hands....We would gobble them up and keep asking for more...The seeds are another delicacy, when roasted over an open fire. Sometimes, they find their way into curries too..That I will save for another post.

For JFI, as usual I wanted to try something new and born was the idea of muffins. I might have come up with a better idea had I had access to fresh fruit, but I could only get canned fruit.

My hubby is a fan of muffins and I beg to differ. I always sense an eggy odor in muffins which puts me off. So, this was an experiment to make a muffin which is egg-smell free and ofcourse hubby dear would be happy too! :-) Onto the recipe now..

Jackfruit Muffin


Makes about 20 medium sized muffins.

Jackfruit Pulp - 1 Cup

All Purpose Flour - 2 Cups

Baking Powder - 1 Tbsp

Egg - 1

Oil - 1/2 Cup

Sugar - 4 Tbsps

Milk - 1 Cup

Honey - 1 Tbsp

Salt - 1/4 tsp

Vanilla Extract - 1 Tsp

For the jackfruit pulp, roughly mash canned or fresh fruit. Whisk together egg, milk, oil, honey and vanilla extract, till well blended. Add the jackfruit pulp to the egg mixture and mix well. Sift together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Add the egg and jackfruit mixture to the flour and mix only till the dry ingredients are moistened. Do not overmix. Immediately fill muffin pans or muffin cup liners, till they are 1/2 or 2/3 full. Bake in an oven preheated to 375 degree Fahrenheit, for about 20 to 23 mins or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool for sometime.

According to JoyOfBaking website, american muffins are supposed to have a symmetrical domed top, with a bumpy surface. They should feel light for their size and when cut in half the interior should be moist and tender with no tunnels.

I feel proud to say that my muffins turned out perfectly well! Like a perfect American muffin!

Please note that this recipe produces mildly sweet muffins. If you need sweeter ones, use a simple sugar glaze on top or sprinkle a little sugar while the muffins are hot.


bee said...

what a beuatiful entry, chandrika. thanks for your entry to JFI.

Chandrika said...

Thank you for hosting JFI, Bee! :-)

Roopa said...

wow this looks very tempting, nice entry!

Asha said...

Your photos are always soooo gorgeous Chandrika.Muffins are fabulous.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

They look wonderful! I love jackfruit...

Meena Kandlakuti said...

HI chandrika,

maffins and apple cider recipes are too good.As of now Iam eager to try apple cider. I will and let u know. As far as muffins, I will try them some time. Thanks for sharing them:-))Take care

Mandira said...

chandrika, this looks gorgeous!

Kribha said...

Awesome pic. Wanna have some right now. Have book-marked it. Thanks for sharing this.

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hay this is looking great...I was also planning to make a muffin....Urs is looking YUM!..

Suganya said...

Jackfruit in muffins..hmm.. different. Those photos look good

Seema said...

Lovely and unique entry girl. I loved the way jackfruit is described in your post. Beautiful pearls hidden in the silky bed.
Loved it.

Chandrika said...

Thanks Roopa..

Thanks a lot Asha..

I am glad you like them, Rosa..

Sure Meena...Give a try and let me know if you liked it..

Chandrika said...

Thank you Mandira!

Thanks Kribha! I would be glad to send you some! :-)

Thanks Sukanya..Would love to know your recipe!

Thanks Suganya..The jackfruit blended very well into the muffins...If you do try it out, let me how you like it..

Chandrika said...

Thanks a lot Seema! That was very encouraging.. :-)

Sia said...

good to see u blogging again chandrika... i donno how i missed few posts of urs:) read ur previous post and hope u r feeling better.
JF muffin is never heard of and u have tickled my taste bud by ur description. i am not much of a baker and try to keep myself away from baking. now ur pic has made me think twice and try it out soon:) thank u for the recipe:)

Freya and Paul said...

I wish we could get Jackfruit over here! Those muffins look delicious in their little silver cases!

Anonymous said...

I have never had jackfruit in any form, but this looks absolutely delicious!


KrazyLeo said...

Hey.... wow...Muffins with Jackfuits... who wud have thought about it.....looks very tempting.....awesome pics!!!!

Green Chillies said...

Jackfruits and muffins..What a best combination!..Will try this out!

Vidhya Rajesh said...

Chandrika - you take such wonderful pictures .... just looking at the picture makes me want to eat the muffin. I am sure hubby would have given you a good reward for this hard work and sweet result :)

priar's, said...

great photography.
Muffins r tempting....

vishal said...

I am puzzled about why would you need oil when cutting jackfruit? The sap inside is not present (or rather is not liquid and sticky) once the fruit is fully ripe. It seems that the majority of people dont know when to cut the jackfruit? :-)