Thursday, November 10, 2011

Apple Buttermilk Muffins with Coconut Crumble

I was not able to make it to Muffin Monday due to two reasons: weekend errands and a dizzy head.  It turned out that my childhood sickness of 'low blood' is again visiting me.  Well, it is my fault anyway,  I know the dont's but still do it now I am paying the price. It's okay, I can manage *wink*

Even if I'm a bit lightheaded, I still want to bake this gorgeous muffins for it has has coconut and I simply love coconut!

I grew up in a compound full of fruit bearing trees including a number of coconut trees and one of my fondest memory is me sitting next to my grandma while workers are harvesting coconut fruit.  What do I do there? Eat my heart out! I think I can eat two or three coconut one after the other, no kidding!

Going back to the muffins, I did not change much from the original recipe (from Woman's weekly) except the addition of crushed grahams (a leftover from a dessert I made) to the coconut crumble which made a significant difference from what I expected.  


2 1/2 cups self raising flour
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon (I omitted this for I made my own apple pie filling, see recipe here)
410g can pie apples
1 egg
2/3 cup buttermilk (I made my own - 2/3 cup milk + 1 tablespoon lemon juice)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
For the coconut Crumble:
1/4 cup plain flour
1 1/2 teaspoons caster sugar
1/2 cup flaked coconut
20 grams butter
1/4 cup crushed graham

Preheat oven to 400F / 200C

For the coconut crumble:
Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and rub the butter using your fingertips till it is nice and crumbly. Set aside.

For the muffins:
Grease or line a 12 hole muffin pan
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar and cinnamon. Stir in the apple. Do not over mix.
In a measuring jug or medium bowl, combine egg, buttermilk and oil.
Pour the buttermilk mixture into the apple mixture and mix gently.

Spoon the mixture equally into the prepared pan and top with coconut crumble.
Bake in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.

I am using a convection oven so you can imagine that is it small and can only contain one 6-muffin tray.  First batch out and it smells good!  Since I have extra batter, I decided to bake the rest using a loaf pan.  While baking, few minutes before it is supposed to be finished, my electric oven blasted! Yes, blasted not to mention small flames and much smoke in the kitchen.  I immediately pull the plug and remove the currently-baking cake.

I immediately inspected the cake (not the oven).  The center/top portion of the cake is not yet cooked.  Funny that I worry about the cake first before my oven or my house that could have been burned.  I am still grateful though.

My next concern was how I can salvage my cake.  Since I do not have an oven toaster, I decided to 'toast' the uncooked portion of the cake using a pan, just like when you make pancakes.  Here is how it looked liked after:

Does it look like meatloaf to you? LOL! It may look as such but it was definitely yummy!  I love this muffin or cake to that matter.  The coconut crumble with crushed graham was perfect!  It is tender and moist as well, just the way I like it *wink*

Good thing nothing was wasted and I was grateful!  Now I was left with perfectly yummy muffins and a cannot-be-used-until-fixed oven. 

I better have it fixed or I will have a cake-less, muffin-less and bake-less holidays!


  1. What a great save! The finished muffins look delicious but the pan-toasted cake is outstanding. You have to consider doing procedure as an actual part of a recipe! 8-D

  2. Oh I hope you're feeling better now and ready to bake with us next week!

    It in fact does look like a meatloaf. lol. but the muffins look delicious! Graham was a great addition Dudut!

  3. @tracey - you're right! it could be part of the recipe! it tasted good! the crunch added texture to the cake. we have anew vocabulary care of you - pan toasted cake :)

    @Anuradha - i'll be better, thanks. Hope my oven get fixed soon so I can bake with you again :)

  4. Harvesting coconuts, what a lovely memory to have!
    You did a wonderful job with the flavors in this muffin-the graham and coconut additions sound delicious.
    I hope you are feeling better and your oven is working soon!

  5. Nice muffins, D! Glad you baked these. It doesn't matter if it's not Monday anymore. What matters is your eagerness to bake, share and enjoy! Cheers!


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