Tuesday, May 19, 2009

TWD: Fresh Mango Muffins


Oh, Dorie can be so unfair. Quick breads should be quick all the way around - quick to mix up, quick to bake, quick to eat. But she only had one out of three here. The batter for these fresh mango muffins mixed up in less than 10 minutes, but that's where the quick part ends. If I had made the entire recipe, it would have taken 90 minutes to bake through. And then, she has the gall to tell us that it's better the second day!!! Talk about unfair!

Because oh goodness, let me tell you. This bread? It smells fantastic. The batter tastes fantastic. And the muffins themselves? Heaven. Fresh, juicy mango combined with a generous helping of allspice, cinnamon, and a smattering of raisins. The top gets wonderful browned and crispy (thank you, Maillard reaction), while the innards stay moist, slightly sweet, and slightly spicy. I can't lie to you - I didn't wait. The next day was just too far away. Breaking into one was a high point in my day.


Not that I didn't have my doubts. Oh no, I had doubts aplenty (isn't aplenty a wonderful word? Shoulda been an English major - I like words too much). You see, the "batter" wasn't quite, um, batter-like. Nor was it even dough-like, as Dorie cautioned it might be. It was almost like a crumble mixture. Not willing to discard it, I poured an extra teaspoon of oil into my third of the recipe, just to moisten it up. Not that I really should have worried - once you start folding in the mango, it begins to give up its juices and moisten everything quite nicely.

The third of a recipe gave me 6 very adorable looking muffins. Adorable because they overflowed and had the cutest little muffin tops imaginable. Actually, I think baked goods are the only things that can get away with muffin tops, but that's beside the point. As is the extra couple trips to the gym this last week thanks to these suckers. Like I said...

Thanks go to Kelly for picking such a wonderful, quick, fresh treat this week!

52 comments:

AmyRuth said...

Caitlin, I agree with you these are dangerous to the body. Aren't they just the perfect snack, breakfast to go with coffee, to after lunch before the gym and then after the run and then...... they are just that good. So glad you made muffins. Thanks for the fun.
AmyRuth

Y said...

You doubted Dorie? Shocking! ;) Those look so moist and tasty. Of course, I must ask.. did you manage to verify the statement about them tasting better on the second day?

Cakelaw said...

Your muffins look fabulous Cailtin - they really do look heavenly. I agree that the dough was weird - I wondered whether I'd done something wrong until it baked up.

Marie said...

Your muffins look great Caitlin. I made this loaf last year and I didn't actually like it all that much. I think it was the chunks of mango.

Marthe said...

I really must be doing something worng: I made half the recipe and ended up with 24 muffins!!

Steph said...

I totally agree. While I was making this, I was thinking, wow, this is quick, but then once they were in the oven, it felt like forever! I was so afraid of baking up a brick because the batter was so thick and dry. It was delicious though! Your muffins are sooo cute.

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Your muffins look amazing! Moist and delicious! Great job!! I don't blame you for not holding back!

Manggy said...

So cute! Muffins are great for portion control-- control it so you eat MORE per serving! Yeah! Always a good thing when it comes to mango desserts! ;)

Eliana said...

Your muffins look super yummy. You did a great job with them.

berrybushel said...

That was some delicious batter...I'm glad I got mine in the oven before I tasted it ;)

rainbowbrown said...

Muffins! Next time I'm making muffins.

spike. said...

The smell was so amazing it was hard to hold off...although I did think it was even better the next day (amazingly, there was some still left). love them as muffins

Anne said...

I had to add some extra oil, too- I couldn't believe how thick the batter was. Your muffins look perfect, though, and I'm glad they were a hit!

Teanna DiMicco said...

I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVED this one! Seriously can eat it forever. And you are right... what's up with the 90 minute baking time and the instructions to wait a whole day! As Michelle Tanner of Full House would say, "No way, Jose!"

OK, sorry I just did that.

But your muffins look SO good!

Maria said...

I am loving your muffins. Wish I had one now!

Banjo said...

Yum they look fab as muffins!

Cathy said...

They look fabulous. Muffins were definitely the way to go, because eventually a muffin is gone. I guess eventually my loaf was gone too, but it required a lot more mango bread eating by me to get it gone. So glad that you enjoyed these. I think they are worth the extra trips to the gym.

Madam Chow said...

Between TWD, Daring Bakers, etc., etc., I hear you on the gym! And this was a wonderful recipe.

thegreatpantryraid said...

Agreed - I was totally worried this was going to be really dry when I put it in the baking pan - didn't really look much like the typical spice bread batter! Still, turned out great!

pinkstripes said...

Your muffins look fantastic. The batter was so delicious. Everything smelled great too.

I think I'll make muffins the next time I make this recipe.

Beryl said...

Now that's a muffin top I can love. Mine, not so much. I ate a slice of the bread this morning and immediately went to the gym.

Melissa said...

beautiful bread! This was so delicious!

chocolatechic said...

Aplenty is a word...giggle.

I didn't think this would be good either.

I didn't use the raisins though.

Cristine said...

Great muffins! Glad you enjoyed them!

B said...

Yours look delicious! Thanks for the idea and directions to making muffins. I am so glad I did it that way after reading your comments!

Tammy said...

muffins were a great way to go!

Tracey said...

Haha I'm with you - I cut into my loaf shortly after it came out of the oven. I don't have much patience :) Your muffins look terrific! I'm glad you enjoyed them so much.

somethingsweetbykaren said...

i would love to try making these into muffins if there's a next time. i like how crispy the top got on my bread and a big crispy muffin top would be fabulous!

Katrina said...

Awesome! I SO love making muffins more than quick breads because it cuts the baking time WAY down. I almost did this one as muffins, but went ahead with the bread. Good either way!

Elyse said...

Mmm, I'm so glad your muffins came together. They look absolutely DEEELISH. There's no way I could have waited til the next day to try them out. Fabulous!

uclala said...

The muffins look tasty, especially close up! I should try muffins next time, I keep thinking I'll eat only one at a time. HAH!

Snooky doodle said...

oh these look delicious and surely they sound amazing. I ve never tried mango.

Piggy said...

Well, I didn't wait until the next day too! I took a bite as soon as the bread was out of the oven! Your little muffins look cute!

Leslie said...

When something smells this wildly delicious, I simply can't wait until the next day. I love your muffin top comment, and those awesome crunchy edges seem like a good excuse to overfill the muffin tin!

Di said...

Mmm, those look good. I made muffins, too.

Lillian said...

I really should have tried muffins. The bread was great, but muffins are so cute!

Gabe's Girl said...

I wish I had done the muffins, too! Yours look so moist and chunky.

Pamela said...

This bread was good. I made the full recipe and knew it had to be shared. I always enjoy seeing how you've down sized the recipe for your needs!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

that crispy edgeon the muffin top is the best bit! looks great!

Michele said...

Your muffins look delicious and are the perfect size!

The Food Librarian said...

These look so cute and delicious! Yes, this was a looooong quick bread.

Carol Peterman said...

I loved the crispy crunch top and with muffins you get even more of the crispy top. Good call. Have fun at blogher. The International Food Blogger Conf. was great!

Liz said...

Muffin tops are the best! Making these into muffins is a great idea, because 90 minutes is just about the longest baking time EVER.

Alwayzbakin said...

They look delicious and very cute as muffins!

Katie said...

These sound wonderful - I love the spiciness. Never tried putting chunks of mango in a baked good before - will have to give it a go

PheMom said...

I really loved it the next day too! Muffins are a great idea!

Jess said...

These were awesome the next day...I demolished my own muffins. Although I am a little touchy on the subject of muffin tops these days, I do agree that these were very cute .

Esi said...

I love that you turned the bread into muffins. I can't believe that cook time on the bread though! So long. Well, the muffins are great!

bakingwiththeboys said...

I am glad you liked this. We did too. And, no, I didn't wait for the bread to cool. I don't have that willpower.

TeaLady said...

1/2 gave me three loaves and one bundt of goodness. These were absolutely spicy and delicious.. I even added more ginger and it was just perfect. But it definitely wasn't a 'quick' bread'. Your muffins look just great.

Erin said...

These look so delicious in muffin form!

Jaime said...

your muffins are indeed adorable. i enjoyed this recipe too