I feel a little sad that a great year, 2012 has just simply passed and wonder what 2013 would be...
Besides baking, 2012 had been my intensive running year. I really enjoyed what I have been doing and would wish that I can do the same thing for 2013. I won't have any new year's resolution for 2013. Just baking and running will make me happy.
Just like this for 2013? You must be thinking that I must be super-boring. Nothing new for 2013? Not exactly...
Doreen from my little favourite DIY and I are starting a new cooking/baking family-oriented event named "Little Thumbs Up".
This event starts every first Tuesday of the month and end in two weeks time. For each month, one rotating hostess of this event will nominate an ingredient (preferably something healthy for your family). Using the ingredient of the month, all participating blog post will cook or bake and link up at the hostess's blog.
To kick start this event, I am the hostess of February 2013 and my chosen ingredient is PINEAPPLE!
Why pineapple? The word, pineapple in the Chinese Hokkien dialect, "On-Lai" has a meaning of inviting prosperity. In Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan, pineapple is served in form of pastry to family members and guests for its good meaning for the Chinese new year. This year, Chinese new year falls on 10th Feb 2013 and I reckon "Little Thumbs Up" with this auspicious ingredient will be perfect for me and my blogging friends to do lots of Chinese new year cooking or baking for their friends and family.
My Little Thumbs Up (pineapple) starts on 5 Feb and ends on 18 Feb 2013. Join us! Simply cook or bake any recipe with pineapple and link up with my first pineapple post. Remember, all we want is a picture of thumb/s up (in any form) at the end of your post! Sounds easy? For more details of this event, please refer to this.
What after Feb 2013? Doreen from my little favourite DIY will be the next hostess of the month, Mar 2013 and her theme will be TOMATOES! All the upcoming ingredient theme and hostess for the forthcoming months are listed at "Little Thumbs Up" side bar of my blog and hope that you can join in the fun of this event.
Before proceeding on, we are looking for hostess for Little Thumbs Up! Interested? Please email us at zoebakeforhappykids[at]gmail[dot]com or Doreen at muihiong71[at]gmail[dot]com
Now back to baking... These extremely fruity and low fat muffins are bursting with goodness of fruits and good energy. With about 250 calories and 2g of fiber per muffin, I reckon these muffins are great to kick start a new day or even a new year too...
Hope that you will like this fruit-loading muffin recipe as much as the year 2013! Thumbs up, anybody?
|A very fruity muffin!|
|All the wholesome ingredients|
|Mixing the batter|
|Baking the muffins|
|Something extra: Orange cinnamon glaze for these muffins...|
|All these muffins are packed with lots of fruits!|
|... lots of fruits in every single bite!|
(with my modification in blue)
225g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 large eggs
50g butter, melted
175ml skimmed milk
(I used the full fat 4% milk)
100ml clear honey
140g fresh blueberries
85g dried cranberries
140g seedless raisins
140g dried apricots , chopped
1 tsp grated orange zest (I used this to make the icing)
1 tsp ground cinnamon (I used this to make the icing)
Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas 6/ fan forced 180°C and very lightly butter a 12-hole muffin tin.
Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl. In another bowl, lightly beat the eggs, then stir in the melted butter, milk and honey.
Add to the flour with the remaining ingredients (except for the orange zest and cinnamon). Combine quickly without overworking (it's fine if there are some lumps left - you want it gloopy rather than fluid). Spoon the mixture into the muffin tin. Bake for 20-25 mins until well risen and pale golden on top.
Leave in the tin for a few mins before turning out. When cool, they'll keep in an airtight tin for two days.
Something extra: orange cinnamon glaze for 12 muffins:
3 tbsp icing sugar
2 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tsp grated orange zest
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Mix both until they form a smooth paste and drizzle it on the muffin when they are completely cooled.