Tuesday, January 27

Kiwi and Coconut Muffins and a Quiz

kiwi muffins rack

It's been a while since there was a quiz at Food Blogga. Are you ready? I'm warning you, if you thought the GRE was hard, wait until you get a look at some of these questions.

1. Which of the following is true about the name "kiwi"?
A. It is the presumed name of Gwenyth Paltrow's next baby, whose daughter is named Apple.
B. It is the name of a new ipod that stores recipes.
C. It is both the name of a flightless bird and the national symbol in New Zealand and replaced the fruit's original name, "the Chinese Gooseberry."

2. All of the following are true about the kiwifruit except:
A. It's an edible fruit that grows on a vine.
B. It's rich in vitamin C, fiber, antioxidants, and even omega-3 fatty acids.
C. It's on the list of endangered species.

3. _______ is the leading producer of kiwifruit in the world today:
A. New Zealand
B. Alaska (and there are people who deny global warming)
C. Italy

4. ________will happen if you eat the skin of a kiwifruit:
A. You'll start referring to all of your friends as "mate" and talk with a New Zealand accent.
B. Nothing, it's edible.
C. Your stomach will begin to sprout unsightly fuzzy hair. Then you'll have to visit Jeff's derm blog to find out how to remove it.

Read on for the answers.

kiwi muffins dish

Just when I thought fava beans had a lot of names, along comes the kiwifruit (kiwi) originally known as the Chinese Gooseberry. It's also known as the Macaque peach, the vine pear, the sunny peach, the hairy bush fruit, and my personal favorite, "strange fruit."

Call it what you will. Just make sure you eat these edible berries. The kiwifruit is the edible berry of the cultivar group of the woody vine Actinidia deliciosa and hybrids between this and other species in the genus Actinidia, which is native to Shaanxi, China. But who doesn't already know that?

Kiwis are grown in mild climates all over the world. Surprisingly, New Zealand is not the leading world producer of their famed fruit. The land of pasta, balsamic vinegar, and buffalo mozzarella is --Italy. Though I wouldn't recommend eating kiwi with any of the aforementioned foods.

Kiwis are both delicious and nutritious. With a flavor that tastes like a mix of citrus, grapes, strawberries, and bananas, a kiwi is both sweet and tart. Though the hairy outer skin is edible, I'd advise against eating it. That is, unless you really need the fiber -- a kiwi's fiber is tripled with the skin on. If you do eat it, then have a new container of dental floss at the ready. You'll need it.

kiwi muffins with fruit

Kiwis are highly nutritious: 2 kiwis are just over 100 calories and provide over 280% of your daily vitamin C needs! They're also a good source of cancer-fighting antioxidants, vitamin A, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Kiwis are ideal in fruit salads, but they're also wonderful in savory salads, salsas, and smoothies. If you've never baked with fresh kiwifruit, then get ready to be pleasantly surprised with these Kiwi and Coconut Muffins. Made with light coconut milk, orange blossom honey, and orange zest, they're remarkably moist and enticingly aromatic. Each bite is punctuated with juicy fresh kiwi and crunchy coconut topping. After finishing one, you may just find yourself saying, "Hey, mate, how 'bout another?"

Kiwi and Coconut Muffins

Made with light coconut milk, orange blossom honey, and orange zest, these muffins are remarkably moist and enticingly aromatic. Plus, each bite is punctuated with juicy fresh kiwi and crunchy coconut topping.

Makes 12 regular size muffins
Print recipe only here.

2 kiwis, finely diced (about 3/4 cup)**
2 cups all-purpose flour (or half AP and half whole wheat)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup light coconut milk
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 large egg and 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon orange zest
3 tablespoons orange blossom honey
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup toasted sweetened shredded coconut

3 tablespoons sweetened shredded coconut

Place rack in center of oven and preheat to 375 degrees F. Spray a 12 mold regular size muffin pan with cooking spray.

Peel kiwis. Dice and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In a separate bowl, whisk together coconut milk, melted butter, and eggs. Add the orange zest, honey, and vanilla extract, and whisk until just combined. Add to the flour mixture, and stir quickly until well combined. Fold in the kiwis and toasted coconut. Spoon the batter evenly into the 12 molds.

Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with 3 tablespoons shredded coconut.

Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the tops are golden and a cake tester inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a rack to cool for 5 minutes before removing each muffin and placing on a wire rack to cool.

** Use kiwis that are ripe yet still somewhat firm. If they're squishy, then they'll be too watery in the muffins. Also avoid adding more than 3/4 cup as it could make the batter too wet.

You might also like these fruity baked goods:

Honeyed Orange Ginger Muffins (Quat, Optional)

Low-Fat Lemony Medjool Date and Pomegranate Scones

Pear and Cardamom Cake

The Best Ever Pineapple Upside Down Cake

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Chris said...

That little fleck of verdant kiwi in the cut muffin just made my day (and my mouth water). This is one of the most innovative muffin combinations I've seen in awhile and I'm really impressed! I might be tempted to add just a tad of green food coloring to half the batch which, if too ugly for others to eat, I'll gobble up myself :P Thanks for this!

Vijitha said...

That was a brilliant post Susan.Very informative one.

I did get 2 correct ans in dat.(yippee).

Lovely looking tempting muffins. I will try this for sure.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What pretty little muffins! Nice flavor combination...



HangryPants said...

What a creative way to use kiwis. I don't think I've ver seen them baked in anything!

Meeta K. Wolff said...

Love the use of kiwis in a muffin. i normally buy the yellow ones as they taste sweeter - I can imagine using a mix here!

Lien said...

Looks like a winning combination to me, kiwi and coconut. They love them both here, so a good thing to try out soon!

ChichaJo said...

What a wonderful flavor combination! Both fruits are available here...I'll be bookmarking this!

Núria said...

You are such a good teacher Susan! Very instructive :D. It amazes me to know that the peel is edible but I trust you!

The muffins look spectacular and different from the ones I'm used to.

Culinary Wannabe said...

The big bites of kiwi look beautiful in the muffins! It would be nice to have something so tropical feeling with all the snow we have outside.

Anonymous said...

What a coincidence! We just bought some kiwis. I never would have thought to put them in muffins. They look scrumptious.

What a fun post. And so interesting and informative as well.

Maria said...

I've never tried kiwi in muffins, great idea! They look fabulous!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Very interesting Susan. We grow a hardy type of kiwi here in the Okanagan that has tinier fruit the size of a cherry. Dipped in chocolate it is amazing!!!!

Anonymous said...

What a fun post!

Heather said...

those look so tasty! i'll bet the kiwi and coconut go so well together!

Katie Zeller said...

And did you know that France is a major producer of kiwifruit?
We had our own vines (must have two, male and female) in the Vendee; she (only the female fruits) was extremely prolific. We'd cut them back to nothing, they'd grow like crazy and we'd get hundreds of fruit...
I miss that..... We'd normally pick the fruit in January and have them the rest of the winter.
Fun quiz!
and nice muffins....

Kara said...

Wow - I did horribly at the quiz!! But yum - this flavor combinations in these muffins look so tasty! I've never baked with kiwis before!

**Any clue where us east-coasties might find orange blossom honey?

Dewi said...

Very unusual combination, I bet they taste fantastic.

Susan @ SGCC said...

Those muffins looks heavenly! Kiwi and coconut is such a great combination. I love them both. Definitely bookmarking these for when I can walk again!

Rita said...

I don't think I ever came across a kiwi muffin. That is why I love reading your blog

grace said...

my favorite thing about kiwi is the crunch of the little seeds. incorporating that into a muffin is brilliant--bravo!

Unknown said...

These muffins look SO good :)

Karen said...

These sound so refreshing and I love the combination of flavors. My daughter will love these - I'll send her to your blog!

Scribbit said...

Actually, I'll have you know I have a kiwi vine in my garden! There are different varieties of kiwi and this one actually produces fruit that are smaller and rounder and yellow.

Le Flâneur Novice said...

Hehe all my answers are correct :D

And wow! I love kiwi. I love muffins. I bet I'll love muffins with kiwies!!!

A must try to me!

Thanks Susan!

Anonymous said...

I have never thought to put kiwi in muffins! I love kiwi, so I will definitely be experimenting. Mmm.

Suzana said...

Italy, you say? Susan, I always learn something new when I drop by!! Would be even happier with one of those in my hand - sounds and looks perfectly combined flavour muffins.

Anonymous said...

Nice muffins and fun quiz! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

We can smell the kiwi and orange now! How can you ONLY eat 12 of these?

Manggy said...

Oh my! I never knew Kiwis were even grown at all in Italy! Live and learn :) And very well done baking them into muffins-- I always thought they were too soft and juicy (like strawberries) and any dessert application with them had to have them fresh. These look wonderful, though!

Netts Nook said...

I have never heard of a kiwi muffin can't wait to try Thanks for sharing.

RecipeGirl said...

I can honestly say I have NEVER thought to use kiwi in any sort of baked good. I love the idea. And pairing w/ coconut no less. You're brilliant miss Susan :)

Anonymous said...

I thought I did great and then I find out the answer is Italy? Who knew!

La Cuisine d'Helene said...

What a nice looking, delicious muffins. Great quiz.

Christine said...

Veeeery creative muffins, Susan. My hat's off to you. The only question I missed was Italy. Who knew?

Johanna GGG said...

Those muffins look surprisingly good!

I am curious about italy producing so many kiwi fruits - do they eat them a lot or just export them - I just can't think of traditional italian food with kiwi fruits!

And regarding eating the skin, I was once told by a New Zealander I worked with that she used to eat them with the skin before finding out all the pesticides the skin contained - which put me off the skin too!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Just looking at these makes me crave summer. The combination here sounds so good!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Susan, I love kiwis (that's how we call them here, too) and eat them regularly, but have never cooked nor baked with them. Those muffins look great!

Deborah Dowd said...

I never would have thought of putting kiwi in muffins, but yours look and sound delicious! Thanks for the inspiration- it sounds like a bit of tropical sunshine in the midst the chill of winter!

Nicole said...

Loved the quiz and the history behind the fruit. fun post and the muffins look great!

Malli said...

anything with coconuts, i'm game!!didn't kiwi's were this nutritional eventhough we buy it pretty much every week...my mom is huge fan!thanks for the recipe...looks delicious.

Ivy said...

Brillian post Susan and brilliant idea to put all those lovely flavours of kiwi into the muffins. I don't believe that someone would eat the skin as well.

Anonymous said...

So much vitamin C in a kiwi, I never knew! Thanks for the scoop. These muffins look tasty and sound very tropical.

Coffee and Vanilla said...

Beautiful muffins and very interesting post :) I learned some new things about kiwis.

Enjoy your weekend, Margot

Lisa Johnson said...

I love kiwis, but very rarely do I bake with them. I usually eat them up too quickly! : ) These muffins look really good though. I'm going to save the recipe.

Anonymous said...

What an interesting flavor combination! I've never seen a recipe with baked kiwi, although we love the plain old raw fruit here in this house of boys. Thanks for the great idea...we will definitely be trying these.

Elle said...

Ah, tripped me up with Italy...who knew? I like to eat the skin if the fruit is sliced in thin slices. The muffins sound really yummy and look pretty, too.

Unknown said...

we'll look forward a good crop of Kiwifruits this year, then I can make these!

Jaime said...

i love kiwis!! what a great recipe idea :)

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Who knew a kiwi was a berry?? Of course, I didn't really know what it was! And, Italy? I'm now dreaming of a kiwi pasta. Wouldn't that be eye-catching?

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

I didn't know you could bake with kiwis! They're so pretty one keeps seeing them decorating desserts a lot.
They're now available at my market, but so expensive.:(

Btw, 1A was a most interesting option.:)

Rosie said...

What beautiful little muffins! Great flavor combination!

Rosie x

Jeanne said...

Hairy bush fruit - that's absolutly priceless!! I mostly have kiwis in yoghurt for breakfast, but I *love* the flavour combination in these muffins!

Brilynn said...

I absolutely love how pretty kiwis are, I just want to take their picture!
I've never baked with them although I recently made a delicious kiwi ice cream that I'm in love with.

eatme_delicious said...

Oh wow delicious! You've combined two of my favourite things - kiwis and coconut! I love that you used coconut milk too.

Cristine said...

These were fantastic! Thanks for sharing a great recipe!

I posted it on my blog (with credit to you). I hope you don't mind! :)

Susan from Food Blogga said...

christine-Wonderful! I'll be right over. :)

May said...

I made those and love them! Didn't now baked kiwi tastes that good!

(Also posted them on my blog with links to yours.)

Susan from Food Blogga said...

may-Oh, wonderful! I'll be right over to check them out.

Leyla said...

I just tried this recipe but didnt feel like using +2 egg whites so I jsut used 2 eggs overall and they came out really yummy. I was impressed with how moist and soft the muffins were. The only sad part is that it really didnt scream 'kiwi coconut muffin' but rather 'coconut orange muffin'.

Still, it made a very pleasant breakfast. Thanks!