Monday, August 08, 2005

Durian Muffins

Yesterday, I was a selfish and delinquent wife. Knowing full well my hubby's abhorrence for anything to do with durians (I have previously posted on this most un-Singapore-like behaviour), I nevertheless brought durians (packed into styrofoam boxes and shrink-wrapped) into his car and our home. And all because I had this great itch to bake durian muffins! What can I say, sometimes a cook has to do unpopular stuff to further culinary boundaries... sigh... I can just hear hubby in the background saying 'crap'!

Naturally, I had lots of fun separating the durian pulp from the seeds, and which durian lover can resist licking her fingers at the end of such session. Baking the muffins created wonderful aromas redolent of durians in the kitchen (which hubby naturally differs in opinion). Luckily, baking time is less than half an hour and with the help of a good exhaust system and natural night breezes, the aromas dissipated within an hour or two.

Picture of muffin includes some durian fruit and a split open muffin, showing small bits of yellow fruit interspersed within. This was my first attempt at durian muffins and I loved the wonderful soft texture, taste and fragrance of the muffin, especially fresh from the oven. My recipe below is actually adapted from a banana muffin recipe, replacing the banana with durian.
  • sift 250g plain flour together with 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda and 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • cream 150g sugar with 125g butter until pale and creamy, and beat in 2 eggs - one at a time
  • add 250g to 300g durian pulp(flesh) into creamed mixture (I used the D24 durians which are sweet with a slight bitterness, and extremely creamy in texture) together with between 3/4 cup to 1 cup of milk (check consistency before adding the last 1/4 cup, as it depends on how creamy or wet your durian pulp is) and mix well
  • fold the sifted ingredients into the durian mixture
  • fill muffin cases and bake immediately in preheated 190C oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown
  • recipe makes 12 medium-sized muffins
In case you're wondering, I didn't finish all 12 muffins myself and my durian cohorts-colleagues had 'mouth fortune', transliterated from the Mandarin phrase 'kou fu', a colloquial phrase used for one who is lucky to be offered good food or a feast.


Blogger boo_licious said...

Hey Cath, your hubby and my bf can become best buddies as he hates durian too! In fact if you see his long list of don't eat foods, you think he's not Malaysian.

Back to your muffins, they look so good! I like the ones at the back, slathered with durian pulp. Yum.

8/09/2005 06:40:00 PM  
Blogger eatzycath said...

hi boo, I love my hubby but it sure sucks sometimes having to work around his eating habits.. and they say that women are picky eaters!

8/10/2005 09:10:00 AM  
Blogger boo_licious said...

Cath, I know that feeling! Sigh!

8/10/2005 10:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi eatzycath, fresh durian pulp... can just imagine how good your muffins tasted.

8/12/2005 01:00:00 PM  
Blogger J said...

hi cath, am not usually big on durians but will make the occasional for your divine sounding muffins ;) cheers,j

8/12/2005 11:28:00 PM  
Blogger dave said...

This picture sure looks good...time for a snack!

8/14/2005 12:05:00 AM  
Blogger eatzycath said...

hi umami, J and dave - muffins smelt pretty good if you're into durians, the next time around, I may decide to up the durian factor by adding fresh durian pulp whipped with cream???

8/14/2005 10:16:00 PM  
Blogger Clare Eats said...

They look great! I have a recipe for durian cokies but I am too scared to buy a whole durian!

8/15/2005 08:40:00 PM  
Blogger eatzycath said...

hi clare, it's actually supposed to be quite easy to split a durian. If a durian is ripe, there should be a little crack at the base which will allow you to wedge a knife in and with a little force to the side, split the durian - do hold the durian down using a folded towel... if that sounds tough, get the vendor to split the durian for u ... :)

8/16/2005 10:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Yanti S. said...

hi, I've just baked this.. wow.. its really yummy... thanks..

1/21/2009 04:18:00 PM  

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