Muffins have a special place in my heart, NOT the oversized, dry, flavorless coffee shop ones though! Muffins, as all baked goodies, should have loads of character, texture and bang on taste. And these Plum & Cardamom Streusel Muffins deliver all of that and more…
I find that muffins are sort of reminiscent of tea/coffee cakes portioned out, not with the full sweetness and immensely satisfying without being heavy at all. There isn’t any special technique to make them….if you can mix ingredients in a bowl, you can make them!
With the plum season almost at an end, I had this crazy urge to bake with them. More so because I received a stash of stunning green cardamom and vanilla beans from Kochi, courtesy a dear friend. I worked with the basic muffin recipe I use, threw diced plums in the cardamom – vanilla flavoured batter, sprinkled some streusel, topped with some sliced plums…by the time I cleared the kitchen, these fellas were out of the oven! That quick!! And my kitchen was filled with distinct fragrance from cardamom and vanilla. Undoubtedly a mood enhancer!
Soft tender cake-like crumb, perfumed with cardamom, juicy tart plum bits and a crunchy crust, these bright and fresh muffins made me stop in my tracks and savour each bite. While they are best eaten the day they are made, because of all that fruit in the batter, they stayed (refrigerated) perfectly moist the next day as well. Made healthy with whole-grain flours and low sugar, I happily tucked in one for breakfast as well! This recipe is definitely a keeper.
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