Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Persimmon & sultana muffins

Since getting hitched I have had not one gentleman caller that was not related to me stop by; my husband is now the only one who rings my bell, so to speak. Until recently that is. You see, I have had another visitor frequent my doorstep, perhaps you know him?

He smells of childhood safety and sugary spice. His footsteps leave prints of flour dust and tasty crumbs. He is warm and rotund and welcome any time of the day. Have you guessed his name yet? Perhaps this old rhyme will help...

 Do you know the Muffin Man?
The Muffin Man, the Muffin Man
Do you know the Muffin Man
Who lives in Drury Lane?

The Muffin Man has been a weekly guest at my home latey, I blame the biting damp and leaden sky for my need of comfort from this portable baked good.  Nibbled like a mouse, torn asunder or split evenly and spread with butter you can eat them any way you feel like. They get you from breakfast to lunch without any effort and leave your tummy satisfied and your mind soothed. How can you not love a muffin?

ease: 4.5/5
prep time: 15mins.
cooking time: 25mins.
total: 40mins.

taste: 4/5. Moist, substantial and somewhat addictive.

Straight off the bat, these aren't the prettiest muffins at the fair nor do they taste particuarly fanatstic upon the first bite. But something strange happens mid chew and you find yourself wanting to try some more, and then more and before you know it one muffin has dissappeared and your fingers are already reaching for its twin.

The persimmon in this is more of a moisture factor than flavour factor; it's a little too subtle when baked into a muffin but it does add a soft sweetness and absolutlely luscious crumb. The sultanas bring the jammy sweetness to the party and with hint of warm spices (I would add more next time), it is a rather addictive, mellow muffin.

This made 9 muffins.

would I make it again: Yes.

recipe: http://catesworldkitchen.com/2010/12/persimmon-muffins/


  1. Great muffins! Persimmon is a lovely addition.



  2. Ooo.. lovely set of muffins there (hee hee)... I love a good muffin too!

  3. These muffins sound great and I think they do look pretty. I've never tried persimmon muffins before, such a lovely idea.

  4. Your photos are beautiful and your description makes me crave these! So glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  5. I do know the muffin man, we're good friends. You're right, there's something about a muffin, particularly in Autumn :) I have never baked with persimmon before, they look lovely. I enjoy a muffin that takes a few bites to get into, before you find it is rather addictive.
    Heidi xo

  6. Loved seeing a persimmon muffin! And I'm as addicted to muffins as you are. :)

  7. Oooh, how fascinating! I remember trying the gloopy persimmon variety as a kid and disliking it, but I love to eat the crunchy fuyu kind straight. I can imagine these would be all kinds of wonderful!

  8. Mmm I've been wanting to try baking with persimmon for a long time. These look so good!