Sunday, 2 October 2011

Alvaro's Zucchini Muffins

When I posted my latest Muffin Monday link on Facebook two weeks ago, a friend I met in South Korea left me an intriguing comment: 
"do you take requests? cause my momma made some bad ass zucchini muffins when i was a kid, i wanted to see your take on something like that. alas i don't have a recipe to share..."
I immediately wrote to Anuradha to see if we could include it in a Muffin Monday round-up, thinking it would be fun for Alvaro to see 10 or more versions of his childhood Zucchini Muffin, and not just mine. As it happens, An was already planning a Zucchini Muffin in the coming weeks, so she graciously agreed to circulate her recipe to the Muffin Monday crew.

So, Alvaro, these bad ass muffins are for you! 

Love the pop of colour from the zucchini!

After hearing from Alvaro that day, I very quickly developed (read: got my heart set on) an idea of how I wanted these muffins to taste, so I ended up making quite a few changes to the recipe.

Rather than using sesame seeds, for example, I used chocolate chips. Last week's muffins were healthy after all, and isn't life all about balance? And didn't I have to do something to make them bad ass? (Excuses, excuses.) For the dried, mixed herbs the recipe called for, I used cinnamon, nutmeg and mace, not unlike the Carrot Spice Muffins from last week. I used yogurt in the place of buttermilk, and coconut oil in the place of sunflower oil or butter.

The end result was a moist, lightly spiced, airy muffin, with just a hint of sweetness from the scattered pieces of chocolate. I ended up with some extra batter, too, so I filled one ramekin with the leftovers.

Sesame, in fact, makes me quite weak in the knees, so I definitely want to try these muffins again soon, using the original recipe from 1 Mix, 100 Muffins.

Zucchini & Sesame Seed Muffins
from 1Mix, 100 Muffins (Susanna Tee)

2 medium zucchini (roughly 300grams)
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
freshly ground pepper (I omitted this)
2 tablespoon sesame seeds, plus extra for sprinkling on top (I used 1/2 cup of chocolate chips, instead)
1/2 teaspoon dried mixed herbs (I used cinnamon, nutmeg and mace)
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk (I used full-fat, plain yogurt)
6 tablespoons sunflower oil or melted butter (I used coconut oil)

Preheat the oven to 400F / 200C.
Grease a 12 cup muffin pan or line it with paper liners.
Grate zucchini and squeeze out any excess moisture.
Lightly beat the eggs in another bowl. Beat in the buttermilk and oil.
In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt and pepper. Stir in the mixed herbs and half the sesame seeds.
Make a well in the center and add in the grated zucchini and the liquid ingredients. Stir gently until just combined.
Spoon the batter into prepared muffin pan and scatter the sesame seeds over the top.
Bake for about 20 minutes.
Let the muffins cool in the pan and then serve warm.

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  1. I hope Alvaro enjoys all of our versions! Your muffins look great Aimee! xx

  2. WOW! chocolate on Zucchini? I bet this was delicious!

    happy to be baking with you aimee!

  3. Aimee, I've missed you! Also, I hope Ivica doesn't come across your version of this zucchini muffin because then he'll be all "you see, you CAN make a sweet muffin with zucchini!":)) I'll definitely have to try this version muffin to-do list is becoming so long..sigh...:) happy to be back!

  4. Probably sometime, i would love to try the sweet version of these muffins.
    Great combination. The muffins look gorgeous

  5. You got some seriously Bad Ass Muffins, girl! Lol Great changes, and they look delicious. I went healthy all the way. Shame on me! :-)

  6. Aimee, these muffins look amazing. They would go well with a Chocolate Zucchini Cake recipe I have that you may be interested in. It's one I've made over the years for my brother who especially loves receiving not just a piece but the whole cake.

  7. LOL...okay so I'm loving how similar our muffins turned out (again!)The addition of coconut oil must have tasted great with these muffins. Hope Alvaro enjoys all of the fabulous options!

  8. Your muffins look fantastic! Didn't you just love the addition of chocolate chips? So tasty.

  9. Those are some lovely muffins! Chocolate + zucchini is just perfection.

  10. Those muffins are AMAZING! So fluffy and moist savoury muffins and those tick all my taste boxes!

  11. Love your version of this week's muffin. Adding chocolate chips and spices....perfect in my book!

  12. I love how your Zucchini muffins turned out. They're magnificent! Glad to bake along with you. Thanks for the RTs! So kind of you!

  13. Another one with chocolate! Yay! :D

    Such lovely muffins you have, Aimee. Happy Monday!

  14. Those ARE some bad ass muffins! They look fantastic, especially with the chocolate chips, yum:-) Hugs, Terra

  15. love that you added chocolate i would have totally done the same! reminds me of sweet and spicy zucchini bread. so sad i missed this muffin monday but i'm back in action so i'll be baking with you again soon :) until them I'll be drooling over your delish looking muffins!

  16. Oh, yeah these are some bad ass zucchini muffins. :) I love the chocolate chips (of course) and really have to start baking with coconut oil.
    I hope Alvaro is pleased with your recipe.

  17. Love your adaptations...very cool muffins.

  18. I am in love with your version of this week's muffins!! They look delicious :)