Pineapple and Brown Sugar Muffins

9 Nov

Although juicy, fresh pineapple is one of my favourite fruits to munch, I have never really given much thought to using it in cooking until recently. A work colleague of mine, who would appear to be more adventurous in her baking than I, brought me in some delicious Pineapple Muffins for morning tea and that has been the catalyst for my new-found interest in baking with pineapple.

I first attempted to make the pineapple muffin recipe (recipe source: www.allrecipes.com) with whole-wheat flour and I soon learned that this was a big mistake. Taste-wise they weren’t awful but the look of them wasn’t very appealing. They hadn’t risen much at all and they had actually got quite a lot of colour (i.e. burnt bums!). I wouldn’t let them have the better of me and so I attempted to make them again, this time with unbleached white flour. I was much happier with how this batch turned out – they were soft and fluffy on the inside with tasty brown sugar and cinnamon chunks encrusted on the top. Mmmm!

Pineapple Muffins with Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Topping – Makes 12

2 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup white sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple
1 egg, beaten
¾ cup milk
¼ cup butter, melted

Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Topping
¼ cup butter, melted
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
½ cup all-purpose flour

Method
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease and flour muffin pans, or line with paper liners.

In a large bowl, stir together 2 cups flour, white sugar, baking powder and salt. Drain pineapple, reserving ¼ cup juice. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and pour in the reserved juice, egg, milk, and ¼ cup melted butter. Mix just until blended.

In a separate bowl, stir together the cinnamon, brown sugar, ½ cup flour and ¼ cup melted butter to make the topping.

Spoon batter into muffin cups, then spoon crushed pineapple over the batter and sprinkle with the cinnamon topping. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted in the crown of the muffin comes out clean.

Recipe source: www.allrecipes.com.

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