Carrot and Pineapple Muffins with Hazelnuts

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Carrot Pineapple Muffin

The secret ingredient to my favourite carrot cake is puréed pineapple, it makes the batter nice and light and adds subtle fruitiness. Our cake-loving granny Doris from Florida introduced me to her little masterpiece when I visited her in the sunshine state for the first time a few years ago. Although it wasn’t the only treat she prepared for us – she’s a grandma after all, so she made sure that our plates were never (!) empty –  it was the one that struck me the most. I must have eaten the whole cake on my own, it’s addictive and I loved it! It’s made with sunflower oil instead of butter, which I’m usually not that fond of, but here it doesn’t disturb the flavours and makes a very nice and fluffy texture. Refined with my beloved cinnamon, it’s a fragrant cake that fits perfectly to a late Sunday breakfast in spring. The temperatures are far from springy here in Berlin so I need a bit of imagination, but never mind, my heart is already set on the next season.

So what works in a cake, also works in a muffin. It’s just quicker and easier to prepare and you can even skip the icing of the cake, which turns the whole thing into a richer treat (but if you’re up for it, you can find the recipe for my cream cheese icing in the link to the carrot cake). I often use canned pineapple in this recipe, drained and squeezed, I’m after sweetness so if you can’t find the freshest, juiciest, and sweetest fruit, go for the can. The amounts of the cake ingredients needed a few adjustments to turn into muffins but the results are actually quite similar: they have the same light texture, beautiful aroma, and I can’t stop eating the muffins either.

Carrot Pineapple Muffin

 

Carrot Pineapple Muffin

Carrot and Pineapple Muffins with Hazelnuts

Makes 12 muffins

plain flour 260g / 2 cups
granulated sugar 150g / 3/4 cup
baking powder 3 teaspoons
baking soda 1/2 teaspoon
fine sea salt 1/8 teaspoon
ground cinnamon 2 1/2 teaspoons
sunflower oil 120ml / 1/2 cup
pineapple (canned or fresh), drained and lightly squeezed (canned fruit), and puréed, 150g / 5 ounces
organic eggs 3
carrots, grated, 150g / 5 ounces
hazelnuts, chopped, 1 small handful, for the topping

paper baking cups 12

Set the oven to 180°C / 350°F (preferably convection setting) and line the 12 molds of a muffin tray with paper baking cups.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.

Whisk together the sunflower oil, puréed pineapple, and eggs.

Pour the pineapple-oil mixture along with the carrots into the bowl with the flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until you have a lumpy dough, with a bit of flour left here and there. Keep in mind, the more you mix it, the more it will lose its light texture. Divide the dough between the muffin cups and sprinkle with the chopped hazelnuts. Bake for about 20-22 minutes (slightly longer if using a conventional oven) or until the muffins are firm on top. Let them cool for 1-2 minutes before you take the muffins out of the tray.

You can keep the muffins in an airtight container for up to 2-3 days.

Carrot Pineapple Muffin

 

Carrot Pineapple Muffin

 

Carrot Pineapple Muffin

 

Carrot Pineapple Muffin

 

Carrot Pineapple Muffin