Mango Muffins and Almond Paste Roses

Okay, I was finally able to make some more mango muffins because I went out and bought my own flour. There isn’t any in the house because we used so much of it to make birthday cakes for everyone for the month of february. There were a lot of birthdays!

I made the muffins, and then I kind of forgot to take a picture of them. I noticed that there were two left yesterday morning before I left for class so I put them in my cupboard so I could take pictures later. I did take pictures, but they are really bad. You will have to bare with me until I make them again some time and take better pictures with some natural light. I’m not photographer or anything but I do know that a flash generally makes food look gross. Anyways, so here is a picture and the recipe for these delicious muffins.

Mango Muffins

2 cups of flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup of vegetable/canola oil
A splash of vanilla
1/2 cup of milk (might need more)
Diced mango (As much or as little as you want)

Sift the dry ingredients together. Mix together the eggs and the oil. Combine with the dry ingredients. The batter will be extremely thick. This is where you add the milk. I don’t have an exact measurement, I just eyeball it until it has the right consistency. I just guessed 1/2 cup. Add in enough so it looks like a normal muffin batter. Not too thick, but not runny either. Then fold in your mango and coconut or anything else you might want. Fill a muffin tray 3/4 to the top and bake in a 350F oven for 20-25 minutes.

These muffins are super easy to make, and they’re pretty tasty too. They would be a good base for other flavours if you wanted to try something different.

On another note, today I practiced making almond paste roses. I lined all four of my roses up and took a picture so I could compare them. Here they are:

The picture is really crappy. On the far left we have my “cabbage” (the very first one I ever made), then the rose that I did with Chef Nicolas guiding me, then the two roses I made today. I don’t know what to think of them. I think roses aren’t tremendously pretty in the first place, so I don’t know how to judge my own roses. What do you think? Which rose is the prettiest?

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