Monday, March 28, 2011

Mango Blueberry Muffins with Coconut Steusel

I don't know about where you live, but here on the East Coast, winter decided to make a little comeback this weekend.  We even had snow showers this morning.  In honor of the weather's decision to freak out, I thought a little trip to the tropics via these wonderful little muffins was in order.  I've never had a muffin containing mango, although I love mangoes in other dishes, but after trying out this recipe I am now a big fan. They are so juicy that they make the muffin moist and add a lot of sweetness. I let mine ripen for several days on my kitchen counter and was rewarded with chucks of sweet mango goodness in these muffins.  It reminded me of a peach, one of my favorite fruits to bake with and I may try this recipe and substitute peaches during the summer when they are at their juiciest.  The original recipe says to use fresh blueberries for this, but I had a bag of frozen blueberries on hand and they worked beautifully.  I love keeping frozen fruit like blueberries and mixed berries around to throw in muffins, pancakes, or scones-- it just makes life easier.  Finally, the coconut cinnamon streusel is delicious and the perfect topping to these sweet and fruity muffins.  They really gave these muffins a "tropical" taste.  I liked it mixed in with the usual cinnamon, flour, and butter mixture that one usually finds for a streusel recipe.


For the Steusel Topping:
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tbs. white sugar
3 tbs. sweetened flaked coconut, chopped
1 pinch salt
2 tbs. butter

For the Muffins:
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cups white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup mango- peeled, seeded, and diced

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Grease 14-16 muffin cups or line with muffin liners.

2. Combine 1/4 cup flour, cinnamon, 1 tbs. sugar, the coconut, and a pinch of salt in a small bowl.  Cut in 2 tbs. of butter and incorporate completely until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Use either a fork or your fingers to work the butter into the flour mixture.

3. Beat the unsalted butter, 1 1/4 cups sugar, and 1/2 tsp. of salt with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth.  Beat the first egg into the butter until completely blended before adding the second; continue mixing until light and fluffy.  Combine 1 3/4 cups of flour with the baking powder. Stir into the butter mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Only mix until just incorporated-- be careful to not overmix. Toss the blueberries with 1/4 cup of flour; stir into the batter along with the mango.  Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin tins; sprinkle with the coconut streusel.

4.  Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown and the tops spring back when lightly pressed, about 25 to 35 minutes.

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  1. Ha! Winter's doing the same thing in Chicago, but it only took a one-day nap last weekend so we could get up to the mid-60s! These muffins look great, and I'm glad to see something other than citrus fruits because I love mostly all types of berries!

  2. Fof living in California our winter has been WET! Today, sunshine but cooler. Up to 80 later this week and then cool and rain again. But I'm NOT complaining. I love muffins. these look great. I stopped by to visit, drool and say hi. Just a friend from FB.

  3. Seriously three of my favorite ingredients! Look scrumptious!- Gastronome Tart

  4. Your muffins look wonderful and help put spring on the table if not in the sky. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  5. Those muffins look fantastic! I am keeping my fingers crossed that Spring is here to stay.

  6. My husband just bought some more mangos, so this will be just the recipe to make. They look like the perfect morning treat!

  7. I love the tropical theme. The mango and coconut sound wonderful. I don't think I've ever actually tried mango out in a muffin...this must change. :)

  8. This looks so good to me. I will grab your recipe and make some for me and my three monsters.Thanks

  9. You know you have all my favorite flavors there!! Mango, coconut... mmm!!! Toss in those blueberries and you truly have a hit. Well done!! Hang in there, I know that spring is coming!

  10. Mango, blueberries and coconut-- I love all three. These muffins look wonderful. We're getting a snowstorm on Friday!!

  11. I love teh combo of flavors. And teh taste of the tropics - so perfect for this still-chilly-spring. Makes me feel like it's summer!

  12. Mango and blueberry,now thats a combo I have yet to try. Would love one of these right now, I do love a muffin for breakfast.

  13. Indeed these do look like spring! I've already heard about your snow from my family! It was an insult on spring break for them. I just flew back to Chicago from R.I. and flew over a lot of snow-covered ground. No snow in R.I. or Chicago but I've heard there might be a little over the weekend!! Hope your weekend is filled with sunshine.


  14. I love mangos and this looks so good! Check out my blog this morning - I just nominated you for an award! I am really enjoying reading your posts!!

  15. Your muffins look great. I already make a version, but I am looking forward to trying yours. I'm drooling! Thank goodness I have some just-ripened mangos!!


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