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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Sweet Potato,Ginger and Lemongrass Muffins


I was challenged by Knorr to come up with a creative recipe using their Knorr Flavour Pots which have just won Product of the Year.  You may have seen my Butternut Chicken Thai-Style which used the  Ginger and Lemongrass Flavour Pot and the Garlic Flavour Pot and the Lentil and Vegetable Soup which used the Garden Herbs Flavour Pot.

Knorr Flavour Pots have just collected first prize in the Sauce and Seasoning category for this year’s Product of the Year awards. Knorr Flavour Pots allow you to easily infuse your cooking with the flavour of fresh herbs and spices but with the handy convenience of dried. The range features nine different tantalising flavours, including Mixed Herbs, Three Peppercorn, Curry, Garlic, Mixed Chillies, Garden Herbs, Ginger & Lemongrass, Paprika, and Mexican.  In order to inspire some creative recipes Knorr sent me a box full of vegetables, tins and packets.

Amongst the vegetables was a nice big sweet potato, you can see it at the front, it nearly went into the chicken dish, but then I suddenly thought that it would be interesting to see if the Ginger and Lemongrass Flavour Pot would work in a sweet potato muffin, I got quite excited by the idea.

The ingredients of the Ginger and Lemongrass Flavour Pot are water, ginger spirit vinegar, glucose syrup, green pepper, salt, palm oil, garlic, sugar, basil, citrus fibre, cayenne pepper, coriander leaves, cardamom, onion powder, Kaffir lime leaves, aniseed, gelling agent (xanthan gum), natural lemongrass flavouring, natural chili flavouring.  A few things in there that wouldn't normally be in a sweet muffin, but I thought I'd have a go anyway.



Sweet Potato, Ginger and Lemongrass Muffins
makes 12

150g plain flour
150g wholemeal flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 Knorr Ginger and Lemongrass Flavour Pot
450g  Sweet Potato (cooked and mashed)
125g soft light brown sugar
2 eggs
250ml orange juice
1 medium carrot, grated

1.Preheat the oven to 200C, grease a muffin tin  or line with papers.
2. In a medium bowl combine the plain flour, wholemeal flower, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.
3. In a large bowl mash sweet potatoes.  Add brown sugar, eggs, orange juice carrot and the contents of the Ginger and Lemongrass Flavour Pot, mix together until well blended.
4. Add flour mixture to the wet ingredients, stirring until just combined and blended, don't over mix.
5. Spoon the mixture into the prepared muffin tin, filling the cups to the top.  Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

You can leave the muffins plain or make a water icing with icing sugar and lemon juice and drizzle over the top. 

The Sweet Potato, Ginger and Lemongrass Muffins were absolutely delicious and, unlike many muffins, they actually got better the next day!  There was no hint of savoury flavour and the flavours of lemongrass and ginger came through really well and the sweet potato kept them really moist and moreish.  I didn't intend for them to Valentine's Day Muffins, but they would make a very fine treat for anyone who likes a touch of spice.


Love is in the Air is the theme for Treat Petite this month, the blog event run each month by Cakeyboi and The Baking Explorer, hosted this month by The Baking Explorer


Over at Bangers and Mash Towers, Vanesther is sitting in the Temple, well sort of, she is looking for entries to The Spice Trail that fit the bill of 'Temple Food', spicy foods that are good for you, but also comforting.  I think these Sweet Potato, Ginger and Lemongrass Muffins definitely qualify as Temple Food.



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32 Comments:

At 11 February 2015 at 22:38 , Blogger Kevin Chambers-Paston said...

This is inspired! I'd never have thought to use the flavour pots for this; in fact, I've never used flavour pots at all so I really must get some. The muffins look delicious!

 
At 11 February 2015 at 22:42 , Anonymous Wee Sweetie said...

How on Earth did you think up this recipe?! So inventive!

 
At 11 February 2015 at 23:12 , Blogger Kat BakingExplorer said...

Wow fantastic flavours Janice! And beautifully presented for Valentine's Day. Thank you for entering into Treat Petite!

 
At 12 February 2015 at 11:12 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

WOW! How pretty are those Janice - LOVE the cases and the muffins too of course! Karen

 
At 12 February 2015 at 12:54 , Blogger Bintu Hardy said...

Awesome flavour combo Janice. I want two or three of these.

 
At 12 February 2015 at 13:04 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

Thanks Kevin, I was so pleased that they worked so well.

 
At 12 February 2015 at 13:05 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

I don't know, I just wanted to make something different and the ingredients led me to these muffins!

 
At 12 February 2015 at 13:05 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

Thank you and you are welcome.

 
At 12 February 2015 at 13:06 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

Thanks Karen, the cases are discount store bargains!

 
At 12 February 2015 at 13:07 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

Thank you, I still have some in the freezer, Bintu. Might break them out this weekend.

 
At 12 February 2015 at 18:08 , Blogger Claire Toplis said...

OOOH my all the cake I need this .. what a happy recipe and very imaginative ! bravo

 
At 12 February 2015 at 19:44 , Blogger Keep Calm and Fanny On said...

What a clever idea, I bet they are tasty! I've never tried those flavour pots, but would certainly never have thought to do this with them! Did they taste sweet or savoury?

 
At 12 February 2015 at 19:47 , Blogger Charlene F said...

Well this is a very creative recipe, I love the flavour combinations. I would never have thought to combine sweet potato, ginger and lemongrass in a muffin. I also love your gorgeous photography :-) x

 
At 12 February 2015 at 20:09 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

Thanks Claire

 
At 12 February 2015 at 20:10 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

They tasted best when they were cold, really no savoury taste at all.

 
At 12 February 2015 at 20:11 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

Thanks Charlene and thanks for the comment on my photographs, so difficult at this time of year there is so little light.

 
At 12 February 2015 at 21:31 , Blogger Anne Szadorska said...

They look so tasty - I almost didn't know what to expect when I saw the recipe header but I am super intrigued by the sound of them! I do love the wrappers too, fab pattern and colour!

 
At 13 February 2015 at 09:25 , Blogger Choclette Blogger said...

They look adorable Janice, love those muffin papers. You would expect the garlic flavour to come through, but I'm glad it didn't. The ginger and lemongrass sounds delicious as does sweet potato. Nice box of goodies too.

 
At 13 February 2015 at 13:26 , Blogger Helen - family-friends-food said...

What a great combination of flavours. Yum!

 
At 13 February 2015 at 15:18 , Blogger Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Janice, these sound scrummy, and they're so pretty as well!

 
At 14 February 2015 at 10:57 , Blogger Camilla Hawkins said...

These muffins sound totally awesome Janice, I can almost taste them:-)

 
At 14 February 2015 at 11:16 , Blogger Jacqueline Meldrum said...

Great mix of flavours Janice. I haven't made any muffins in soooooo long.

 
At 14 February 2015 at 22:35 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

Thanks Anne, they surprised me too!

 
At 14 February 2015 at 22:37 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

I know, I wondered about the garlic, but it didn't seem to come through. it was hard to pin down the flavours although the Lemongrass was definitely to the fore.

 
At 14 February 2015 at 22:37 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

Thanks Helen.

 
At 14 February 2015 at 22:38 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

Thanks Jean, I love these kinds of papers, somehow make the muffins look more professional than the usual pleated cups.

 
At 14 February 2015 at 22:39 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

Thanks Camilla, glad you liked them.

 
At 14 February 2015 at 22:39 , Blogger Janice Pattie said...

Thanks Jac. Muffins are so quick and easy to make, I love them.

 
At 16 February 2015 at 10:46 , Anonymous Petra said...

What a wonderfully inspired recipe :) It sounds absolutely delicious :)

 
At 13 March 2015 at 10:34 , OpenID bangers-and-mash.com said...

What a clever recipe - and yes they most definitely qualify as temple food for me! Thanks so much for linking up with #TheSpiceTrail challenge :)

 
At 18 March 2015 at 13:37 , Blogger Jen Price said...

That's a really clever idea Janice, don't think I would have thought of it at all! I've never used the flavour pots before, will have to give them a go.

 
At 19 March 2015 at 07:13 , Blogger tracy said...

well deserved Janice, brilliant recipe, well done xx

 

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