Tuesday, April 21, 2009

White Chocolate Muffins (Eggless) and a Breakfast Picnic

Yes, you heard that right! A Breakfast picnic is what we did a couple of weekends back - the weather had been absolutely brilliant in the early am that whole week, so four families with 6 kids and a dog set out at 7 30 am to Lodhi Gardens (Delhi).
We have "our" spot, right under a big old tree with some benches nearby, which we use during the winters (we did two last year and one the year before) but since it was so early in the morning, that was taken over by people doing yoga and stuff. Winters we normally reach around 11 30 when the sun is out and there are fewer people at that time.

So we picked another spot a little further away - we were shaded by the big tomb and some trees cool breeze blew all around us - it was perfect! We spread our dhurries, poured out the tea from the thermos and brought out the food. The cheese sandwiches and rava idlis with gun powder came out first along with a whole bottle of freshly squeezed orange juice. So fortified, the kids went adventure hunting looking out for tunnels, ponds and "secret hiding" places along with some of the adults and the dog. The rest of us, lay back and chatted looking at the blue skies and the spring flowers and almost dozing with our eyes half-closed.

The children were back in no time chattering on about all the "treasures" they had unearthed and dived right back into the food - aloo parathas and gobi parathas, bananas and grapes. Games of catch followed and then turned into a quest for finding ladybugs in the bushes and flowers accompanied by squeals of delight when one would land on a tiny hand. It was worth all the "effort" of waking up on a Saturday morning and getting the kids ready in time - and I treasure these times so much because I have never had the chance to do these things in Mumbai or Chennai. Delhi is blessed with these wide, open spaces which are so easily accessible and I'm glad to be making the most of it while we are here.

Besides the rava idlis, I brought along these white chocolate muffins which I had made the previous day. I made them without eggs since MIL is visiting and she doesn't eat eggs. I added the banana to make up for the moisture content and consistency. And to complete my itch for one weird ingredient per recipe I threw in some chopped candied amla (gooseberry) into the batter. The muffins were nice and moist; some of you might want to add a bit more sugar if you prefer your muffins sweeter. You could also chop more walnuts and add them right into the batter. Replacing the white chocolate with dark chocolate is another option.

This goes to Joelen's Tasty Tools event - where this month's tool of choice is Muffin Pans.

White Chocolate Muffins (Eggless)

Wheat Flour (atta) - 1.5 cups
Refined flour - 3/4 cup
Baking powder - 1.5 tsp
Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
Castor Sugar - 1 cup

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 mashed banana
white chocolate - 100gms, chopped into pieces
1/2 - 3/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla essence

Walnuts - 6, broken into halves
Candied amla - 2 tbsp, chopped (optional)

1. Sieve both the flours with the baking powder, soda and the powdered sugar. Keep aside.
2. Melt the white chocolate pieces in a microwave at 30 second intervals till soft. You can also put the chocolate into a steel bowl which goes into another vessel half filled with water and then heat it on the stove, stirring till it melts.
3. When the chocolate cools a bit, add it to the mashed bananas along with butter and vanilla essence.
4. Mix the flour into this mixture and whip with a blender. Add the milk a little at a time till the mixture is thick and creamy, but not too runny.
5. Add the chopped candied amla, mix and drop spoonfuls of the batter into muffin covers or a greased muffin tray, taking care to fill only three fourth of the mould.
6. Place half a walnut into the top of each muffin and then bake for 14 minutes in a pre-heated oven at 180C. Cool completely.


Asha said...

Great idea to have breakfast picnic in the park, Muffins look lovely! :)

Happy cook said...

Wow the muffin looks so yumm.

indosungod said...

Feels good just reading about your trip to the Lodhi Gardens. Nothing like a trip to a place where the kids can roam around and find treasures :)

Oh and I bet the muffins vanished in no time.

Vaishali said...

That sounds so idyllic, Miri-- I well remember our large family outings back home, and it was always such fun! Love the idea of white chocolate muffins, too. They must've been a hit!

Supriya Nair said...

Mouthwatering...Cheers for dropping in my space...the muffins are a dearies and egless...cool...and the coolest is the Winnie the Poo backgroud...Yippeee...all i need now is baking soda and powder...and I am ready to bake...:)

Cham said...

That sounds really cool Miri, kids hunting and adult chit chatting under the blue sky. More fun and good to break the same routine in our home. White muffins are delicious!

bee said...

candied amla? i really miss that. sounds like you had a wonderful time.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Love the idea of breakfast picnic....Muffins look droolworthy...

Meera said...

That picnic sounds so much fun. Candied amla in muffin is really unique. sounds delicious.

sra said...

Candied amla in white choc muffins? What a combination! I'd have loved to taste it.

Gita's Kitchen said...

Hi Miri, thank you very much for the kichidi recipe, I've vopied it down. You have a wonderful blog, I loved reading all your posts :)

Arch said...

Sounds so wonderful..its lovely to have this open space and enjoy your morning out there...muffins looks great..

TheCooker said...

breakfast picnic....what a wonderful idea.
amla in a muffin? i'm with you on this wierdness :)