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Coconut and strawberry muffins and memories of an island holiday!

Posted on September 30, 2013 by in baked goods

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Coconut reminds me of summer, sunny beaches and a day sun tanning which, by the way, I haven’t done in years! Years ago, my sister and I went to Mauritius for a holiday and the first thing I ordered on arrival, was a coconut!

Coconut, cut open at the top with a straw to drink all the coconut milk was my idea of an island drink! I must say, that first sip was a huge shock to my system, it was not at all what I expected! First of all, the liquid was warm, it was not white and had an almost glue-like consistency! Never mind, we had pictures of ourselves sitting on the beach with big straw hats, in our costumes  while sipping on  coconuts  and it looked so cool, just like I imagined and that is all that was/is priceless!


I love coconut and my  most  favorite use for it is most probably in a hot Thai curry or broth. A very hot Crab curry settles down with the addition of  coconut milk and is definitely a crowd-wower! On the dessert side, apple and coconut is a match made in heaven in this Apple and Coconut Crumble, but you have to agree, the traditional Hertzoggie is hard to beat! With its crumble coconut topping, this little confectionery has been around for decades and is not going anywhere soon either!

Coconut, when used in baking, yields a moistness to cakes, loaves, muffins or cupcakes! The flavor is not overpowering so other flavors can still steal the show, but coconut is the warm, comforting partner in the relationship!

In these muffins from Ina Carten, I  added coconut, because first of all I LOVE coconut ( ok, I said that already), but strawberries and coconut are also perfect partners. Strawberries being the prominent flavor, but coconut doing its own thing in the back ground leaving me with moist delicious muffins! I topped the muffins with a delicious cream cheese topping and some coconut shavings!


Coconut and Strawberry Muffins

by Ina Carten (adapted by me)


500 ml flour

250 ml fine coconut

15 ml baking powder

5 ml bicarbonate of soda

3 ml salt

15 ml fine cinnamon

250 ml milk

80 ml buttermilk

2 jumbo eggs

250 g butter – melted

500 ml diced strawberries

375 ml sugar



Preheat the oven to 180C. Place flour, baking powder, bicarb, salt and cinnamon in a big mixing bowl and mix with your hand to combine the ingredients. In a big jug, combine the milk, buttermilk , eggs and melted butter and add to the dry ingredients. Mix, but do not over mix, there should be some lumps, its ok! Add the diced strawberries and mix and lastly add the sugar and mix until all ingredients are combined. Spoon into muffins cups and bake for 20-25 minutes.

For the icing

250 g Philadelphia cream cheese – the brick

250 g butter

500 ml  sifted icing sugar

5 ml vanilla extract

250 ml coconut shavings

fresh strawberries


Place the butter in a mixer and beat until the butter is light and fluffy. Add 250 ml of the icing sugar and mix well. Add the other 250 ml icing sugar and mix again. Now cut the cream cheese in small blacks and add these blocks one at a time while keeping the machine running. The result is light, fluffy and cream cream cheese frosting. Spread the icing on a cooled muffins and scatter some coconut shavings over the top. Finish off with a sliced strawberry and serve!


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4 Responses to “Coconut and strawberry muffins and memories of an island holiday!”

  1. tami 30 September 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    Delicious Nina! xx

  2. Annette 30 September 2013 at 7:47 pm #

    Hi Nina,

    Were can I found coconut shavings?

  3. Suzanne 1 October 2013 at 9:03 am #

    Hi Nina,
    It looks delicious. How many muffins does this recipe make?

  4. usha singh 7 October 2013 at 6:03 pm #

    Oh My Word these look so gorgeous–i love your tray

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