Macadamia Nut Muffin with Coconut Streusel
Is it possible to have a dessert or anytime-treat that is crunchy
but soft, chewy but melts in your mouth, sweet but tangy?
Thinking about this muffin is like thinking about people. We all
want to put everything in a box, label it, and seal it up.
Defining something or someone allows us to feel that we have control
over it. But people, like muffins, are complex, a lot deeper than our
pigeon holing would suggest.
So when you eat these muffins, and you will if you're smart, think
about how the diversity and multiplicity of taste sensations makes you
want to eat all of them immediately. (Note that our model muffin met someone's
teeth--we're not telling whose--before it could be photographed.) Then think
about the complexity of your friends and how the many aspects of their
personalities make them more interesting than someone who is one
dimensional. When the British want to compliment someone for being
reliable and solid, they tell that person, "You're a brick." Now
Americans can add a saying to describe someone who is sweet but adds
spice to the conversation, reliably good but a little surprising. We
can tell them, "You're a muffin."
Well, okay, maybe not. The real purpose of these muffins is to produce
a test of character. That is, when you make these, are you willing to
share them, or will you keep them all for yourself? Our suggestion is
share them. You will rise in the esteem of those you share with, you'll
enjoy the feeling of giving and sharing (as well as the compliment
about your baking skill), and
you can always make more.
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
4 tablespoons melted, unsalted butter
3/4 cup golden brown sugar
3/4 cup chopped pineapple - drained well (I used a fresh pineapple, you
may substitute canned pineapple - chopped and drained well)
1/3 cup chopped dried pineapple
1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts, or walnuts
Coconut Streusel Topping:
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sweetened flaked coconut
3 tablespoons golden brown sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 5-6 cup jumbo muffin
tin or 10-12 cup (for smaller muffins). This recipe makes 5 jumbo
muffins, or 10-12 small muffins.
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda,
and salt. Set aside. In another bowl, whisk together (or
you may use a mixer) the eggs, sour cream, and melted butter. Add
the brown sugar and whisk or mix to combine. Add to the dry
ingredients and mix until just combined. Fold in the chopped
fresh and dried pineapple and nuts. Divide the batter among the
muffin tin cups. For larger muffins, fill each about 2/3 cup full.
Coconut Streusel topping: In a small bowl, combine all the
ingredients and stir until well combined.
Sprinkle the coconut streusel topping over the top of each
muffin. Bake about 22-25 minutes, until a wooden pick inserted
into the center of the muffin comes out clean. Remove from the
oven and let the muffin cool in the muffin tin for about 5
minutes. Remove from the pan and transfer to a wire rack to
Bob doesn't like to hierarchalize everything, believing instead that in many
cases several things can be equivalent and that they therefore can't be stuck on a ranked
list. To the question, "Who is the best singer you've ever heard?" or
"Which fruit do you like the best?" or "What's your favorite book?" he
would say, "There are several I really like, all of them excellent." To
go a bit further, Bob believes that there can be more than one perfect.
He has seen half a dozen perfect smiles, all of them different, several
perfect days, one cool and one warm, and several perfect vacation
spots, some with beaches and some with deep forests. All this is to
say that, while he won't rank this recipe along with the other recipes here on
VirtualTeaTime or other sites, this one is high up in the preference
and "make more" list.
And as for real perfection, Paul tells us in Romans, "Do not be
conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your
mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is
good and acceptable and perfect" (Romans 12:2, ESV). Clearly, there are
many individual perfects, for God's perfect will for each of us is
unique. So stop comparing yourself to other people and then thinking that
someone else is perfect and you're not. Drop that baggage into the
ocean. Now, make some of these muffins and think about that.
Other recipes of note
Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches
Very Raspberry Very Merry Coffee Cake with
Spinach and Bacon Quiche
Quadruple Chocolate Brownies
Banana-Apple Bread Pudding
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