The recipe for this week’s Muffin Mondays was Rum Raisin Muffins. Upon seeing this I instantly thought rum – mmm piña coladas! The original recipe calls for rum soaked raisins, but seeing as I despise raisins I decided to substitute rum soaked pineapples in their place. Throw in a little toasted coconut and a little extra rum and these muffins are perfectly indulgent and perfectly reminiscent of a cold and refreshing piña colada.
The amber rum with undertones of caramel and the creamy amalgamation of coconut and sweet pineapples blend into a muffin creation that is sheer magic. It is an unmistakable and completely satisfying flavor that evokes summer. Summer may be quickly coming to an end but these muffins will whisk you away to a vacation paradise. Just close your eyes and picture sand between your toes, the sun shining brightly above and the sound of crashing waves. Eat and enjoy!
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* Note for whatever reason these muffins were incredible hot out of the oven, they even had an amazing almost custard like flavor, but they do not preserver well and when eaten the next day they are dense and chewy so try to enjoy same day!
Piña Colada Muffins (Rum Muffins with Pineapple and Coconut)
Makes one dozen muffins
1 3/4 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup chopped pineapple
2 tablespoons dark rum
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup coconut flakes
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup milk
4 tablespoons melted butter
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon coconut extract
Preheat oven to 350°F.
An hour before leave the pineapples in the rum to soak.
In a medium bowl sift flour, salt, baking powder, sugar and coconut. In another bowl mix the egg, milk, melted butter, vanilla extract and coconut extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones and fold together lightly with a fork. Fold in pineapples and any remaining rum. Do not over mix, it is supposed to be a very wet batter.
Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Anna AAugust 29, 2011
YUm yum yum! I’d take pineapples over raisins any day. I bet they were amazing hot of the oven. Thanks for this recipe… I will try it out. ~ Muffin Groupie
Baker StreetAugust 29, 2011
Ah.. I love your take on the muffins for this week. More boozy delights for everyone. 😉
AnnapetAugust 29, 2011
OMG, I love this. Wow, on the RAISINS! So many of us Muffin Monday Bakers do not like them apparently… 😉
Aimée @ Food: Je t'AiméeAugust 29, 2011
It appears there are a few of us who aren’t crazy about raisins! I ended up using (and loving) them in the end, but I suspect the boatload of amaretto helped with that 😉
Absolutely love your summery twist on this. A perfect match of flavours with the rum! Thanks for adding your notes on preservation, too 🙂
Have a great week!
Bianca @ South Bay Rants n RavesAugust 29, 2011
How funny! I thought of pina colada muffins too but I skipped this one though. I will be back soon, even though I’d like pina colada better than rum raisin, it’s still not my thing & sadly not hubs’ either so the muffins woulda sat there uneaten, how sad!
However I’m glad yours turned out very well. Maybe I’ll make em when I have a crowd to feed!
elena @3greenonionsAugust 29, 2011
Wow, so glad to see all MuffinMonday bakers getting so creative with a boozy muffin:) Love your PinaColada muffins, must try them! I feel like such a minority for actually liking raisins…:)
NastassiaAugust 29, 2011
Anna A – Love that you’re a muffin groupie 🙂
A – boozy anything makes the world go round!
Annapet- Just say no to raisins 😉
Aimee- I just can’t let go of summer want it to be summer always!
Elena- yeah it is funny how so many people strayed from the recipe this time!
MeganAugust 30, 2011
I’ll take a dozen please! I adore the muffin Monday posts.
EsiAugust 30, 2011
Love it! I hate raisins too so I like the change
carolineadoboAugust 30, 2011
Raisins are ok but would choose pineapple over them any day.
And I’d choose your pina colada muffins over rum raisin muffins anytime! 🙂
ElianaAugust 30, 2011
Now this is my kinda muffin. Could not look more delicious!