You can ask the other adult at home to shut up and deal with it if you hear complaints about evening hunger pangs. However if it is the question of kids and that too a couple of teenagers with voracious appetites and plenty of free 'summer' time on their hands, you don't and cannot ask them to deal with it. You learn to deal with it by stacking their favorite bunch of snacks so that you can escape the nagging and live in peace.
Fruit based muffins are one of the 'must have' snacks in my kitchen and at any given time, a jar of muffins could be found on my kitchen table. I opt for them since the prep work takes hardly any time and a couple of muffins with a glass of milk take care of 'one snack' time for the kids. It was the turn of these pear muffins for this week's stock. They were yummy besides being light and fluffy almost like cupcakes. I did not use any nuts upon my daughter's request but use chopped nuts of your choice if desired.
Ingredients: (Yield 8 muffins)
1 cup all purpose flour (Half the quantity can be replaced with wheat flour.)
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cardamom powder
1 big sized pear (About 1 cup peeled and cubed pear.)
4 - 6 tbsp. sugar
3 - 4 Tbsp. yogurt (Plus or minus 1 tbsp. depending upon the consistency of the batter.)
1 tbsp. oil / butter (I used canola oil.)
* Preheat the oven to 375 deg F. Grease a muffin tin or use paper liners.
* Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and ground cardamom into a mixing bowl.
* Grind finely pear cubes, sugar, oil and about 3 tbsp. yogurt in a blender / food processor.
* Combine dry ingredients and wet ingredients in a bowl, just until combined.
* Spoon the batter into muffin cups, filling up to 2/3rd in each cup. Place the muffin tray in the preheated oven.
* Bake until the muffin tops start to brown and a tooth pick inserted at the center comes out clean; about 20 to 25 minutes.
* Transfer them to a wire rack to cool before storing them.
This is my entry to
1. Blogging marathon #53.
2. Srivalli's 'Kids' Delight' event hosted by Harini this month with the theme 'Fruits'.