Add the tangy sweetness and lemon tartness of starfruit to hearty Starfruit Muffins. Oats lend nutritional quality.
1 stick butter
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon molasses
1 cup flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup quick oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup starfruit (carambola)
1/4 cup flaked coconut
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
12 slices starfruit
Preheat oven to 375-degrees. Line 12 muffin tins with paper liners.
In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar with beater until fluffy. Add molasses and eggs; beat until well blended.
In medium bowl, combine flours, oats, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. With a wooden spoon, stir flour mixture into butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Fold in chopped starfruit, coconut, and orange peel.
Divide batter into paper-lined muffin cup pan, filling each two-thirds full. Top each cup with one starfruit slice. Bake muffins 20 to 25 minutes or until they're golden brown and spring back when pressed lightly.
Cool on rack five minutes; remove from pan and dust lightly with confectioner's sugar.
Recipe makes 12 muffins.
More on Starfruit
Also known as carambola, it resembles a star when sliced crosswise. When ripe, the skin turns a thin, glossy yellow with brown spots along the ridges indicating sugar development. Flavor ranges from tangy sweetness to lemon tartness and the fruit can be eaten in its entirety. Store at room temperature until ripe, then refrigerate in covered container.
Starfruit Uses: Slice and enjoy. Add to fruit salad or use in jellies, tarts and drinks.
Recipe: Starfruit and Strawberries
1/4 cup sugar
2 cup strawberries, cut in half
3/4-cup champagne or sparkling catawba grape juice
Cut starfruit crosswise into 1/4-inch slices. Sprinkle with sugar. Let stand 30 minutes. Spoon starfruit and strawberries into six dessert dishes. Pour champagne over fruit. Yield: 6 servings
- A very low calorie exotic fruit.
- The fruit along with its waxy peel provides a good amount of dietary fiber.
- Star fruit contains good quantities of vitamin C.
- Star fruit is rich in antioxidant phyto-nutrients polyphenolic flavonoids.
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