22 Aug 2008

Bad Day, perfect muffins

pistachio & cardamom muffins

I look trough the window and the day couldn’t be worst. I waste a lot of time driving in heavy traffic and missed an important appointment.

Outside are a cold, gray and rainy day, it seems that watches me beyond the window. See people wrapped up, walking faster on the street yearn for get quickly at their homes.

I arrived at my place a few minutes ago thinking in prepare a black, strong expresso to warm up my body and soul, I look, meanwhile took the coffee, my pistachio’s tin.

Remembering the day when my friend Claudia got to visit me with her kids and ask me:

-You know I had an open pantry -

_Hey. I can’t resist pistachios. – may I have one?

_Course you can. I said.

She looks at me and said, taking a few more.-Those pistachios are getting softer.

_Really?? Are you kidding me?

_No, I am serious.

I try one and in fact was softener.

Remembering this, I know that I must use quickly those pistachios. Then, I decided bake something easy and quick to eat with my coffee.

But, what could be? What about coffee cake?? No, too much obvious. Could be banana pistachios bread…no definitely no Muffin or cookies? Yeah. Muffins are ok.

Easy and quick, and for sure it makes me feel better. They are actually good and a great combo with my coffee. Perfect for rainy and tiring days.

Pistachio, cardamom, orange muffins

pistachio & cardamom muffins

  • 300g all purpose flour
  • 150g organic sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon powdered cardamom, or two pods, seeds minced
  • 100g pistachios, coarsely chopped
  • 1 egg (large) beaten
  • 80 ml orange juice
  • 60g unsalted melted butter
  • 80 ml milk
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar

Pre heat oven (220°C)

Butter well one half dozen or dozen tin muffins. Or paper liner muffins.

In a large mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients, including seeds.

In another bowl combine wheat ingredients. Be sure that the butter is melted and cooled.

Add the wheat ingredients mixture to the flour mixture. Stir just until combined. Do not over mix the batter or the muffins will be tough when baked.

For topping crumble

  • 60g unsalted butter (chilled)
  • 90 g sugar
  • 60g self raising flour

Mix all ingredients whit finger tips have a texture like breadcrumbs.

Spread over the batten muffins just before take to the oven


Manggy said...

Sorry about your day, Sylvia, but at least you've some delicious muffins to soothe your soul! :)

Paz said...

Your muffins are perfect, indeed. A great idea to make a bad day better. I hope you have many more better days.


Ivy said...

Sorry you had such a crappy day. Your muffins look great.

Odete said...

I remembered the raining days back in SP in a mess traffic jam going work. Here we are short in rain.
But for your confort the muffins came out beautiful and I bet delicious.
bjs & have a great weekend

Kate / Kajal said...

sylvia these muffins do look perfect . Lovely flavours going on here. Just the thing to have on a bad day :)

Magia na Cozinha said...

They must be wonderful! I wish I had cardamon and pistachios at home...

zenmasterlauren said...

these look so wonderful! I can't wait to try! I love that you have the measurement conversions too :):):)

bella said...

i love those muffins and your blog is amasing,i 've chosen your blog for arte y pico price . i wich you a good continuation ! Bella

frijoles said...

Ces muffins sont magnifiques et quelle originalité!!! J'en prendrais bien un!!!

Lori Lynn said...

Hi Sylvia - Your muffins would certainly cheer me up!

Since this was a few days ago, I'm hoping you're having a great day now.

Susan said...

Sorry to hear about your bad day, but your kitchen must have smelled beautiful as these were baking. Pistachio and cardamom are heavenly.

Anonymous said...

Great idea for muffin! I love pistacchi...

Bellini Valli said...

I hope these muffins perked up your day Sylvia...they would mine:D

Gloria (Canela) said...

Sorry but your day Sylvie, pero los muffins se vemn espectaculares!!Siempre te digo que tus fotos son preciosas te lo vuelvo a reiterar! Gloria

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Those muffins sure would perk me up after a rainy day! :) I love cardamom! What a great combination with pistachios!