Sunday, May 16, 2010

Classic Vanilla Beans Muffins

Dear All,

Vanilla Beans,Vanilla Muffins,Vanilla Cupcakes

Vanilla has always been apple of my eye when compared with other universal flavors. Did you know vanilla is the second most expensive spice after saffron, due to extensive labor required to grow the vanilla seed pods. And still I am sure we all love vanilla flavor for its oure and delicate flavor which is described by author Frederic Rosengarten Jr as "peculiar bouquet". The most common types of vanilla pods are Bourbon or Madagascar vanilla, Mexican vanilla and Tahitian vanilla.

Vanilla Beans,Vanilla Muffins,Vanilla Cupcakes

Vanilla beans are not easily available in India though few super markets do sell them but one really needs to search a lot. My sources say that the only place in india where you can find Vanilla pods is Kerala so if any of your friends and family coming down from kerala or visiting kerala dont forget to request them to get a bunch of fresh vanilla beans for you! I probably dont mind visiting Kerala only to buy vanilla pods, I am sure its worth it! Or if anyone coming down from US or EU you can request them to get vanilla pods from there as well as I too got mine from Switzerland, a little expensive but I have no complains! Planning to request few more, hope D is listening :-)

Vanilla Beans,Vanilla Muffins,Vanilla Cupcakes

Recipe is adapted from Deeba's blog, which can be found here
Recipe yields 12 medium muffins
Ingredients:-
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups of vanilla sugar
2 tsp  baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup milk
*1 vanilla bean or use 1 tsp vanilla extract

* Tip - Slice the vanilla bean from middle and scrape the sides using back of a knife to remove the seeds

Procedure:-
  • Gease and line 12 muffins cups or muffin pan.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C
  • Sieve flour, baking powder and baking soda.
  • Beat butter and sugar together in a seperate bowl for 2 to 3 mins until light and fluffy.
  • Add in one egg at a time and beat well between each addition.
  • Add in flour and milk alternatively in 3 additions. Beat well after each addition.
  • Add in the scraped vanilla seeds and mix well.
  • Fill the muffin cups 3/4 full and bake them at 180 degrees for 15 to 20 mins, until tooth pick inserted comes out clean/
  • Remove from oven and cool them completely, you can see the muffins leaving the side of the pan.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature, its a perfect tea time cake!
  • Enjoy!

79 comments:

  1. PErfect baked.... nd my fren has vanilla pods in thier farm so have requested for some :)

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  2. wow perfectly baked one..looks so delicious.

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  3. Absolutely yummy looking muffins :) I love the silicon molds as well. cute colors :) Don't worry D will get you anything for such cute delicacies that you make :)

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  4. wow so nice.luks very soft.Gr8 clicks too...

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  5. Muffin looks yum...nice pic dear

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  6. wow yummy and perfect muffins..

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  7. I'm Vanilla gal too! :) Love anything with vanilla. Let me grab some muffins from ur pics. Look perfectly baked. :)

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  8. Looks so so yummy,perfect baked muffins,bet it would have tasted and smelt divine!

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  9. I love her place and this cûpcake looks so so good.

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  10. Muffins looks beautiful parita, even i love the flavour of vanilla, so yum and baked it to perfection...lovely clicks as well

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  11. Cute fluffy muffins lined up there

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  12. muffins looks perfect and cute....lovely click!

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  13. Hi Parita, how are you ?

    muffins looks soo beautiful and tempting.. as usual awesome clicks.. thanks for sharing.. :)

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  14. Beautiful fluffy muffins and the pure vanilla flavor is impossible to beat.

    i have never tried the other varieties of vanilla but i find the kerala ones very very good.

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  15. Dear parita
    You said it, Vanilla is vanilla , Like I only eat Vanilla ice cream , every body laughs and only Vanilla Muffin ( if given a choice)..it seems I will take to baking soon which I left many decades back and the OTG has become a cockroach breeding center I guess ha ha ( I am not allowed to use the micro and oven combo for obvious reasons ..ha ha )
    Have a nice day

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  16. Muffins looks super spongy, moist and gorgeous..

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  17. Yummy looking muffins Parita. So soft and superb. I love vanilla flavor too as compared to all other flavors.

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  18. I love vanilla and the cupcakes looks really good :)

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  19. WOW...beautiful and delicious looking cup cakes...love the flavor of vanilla..all time fav...:)

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  20. I love vanilla too! Your cakes look so pretty -- definitely perfect for tea time!

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  21. even i am a sucker of vanilla(vanilla icecream,vanilla cake...your cake looks just perfect.

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  22. wow! Ymmy looking mffins ..love the cups aswell.

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  23. I adore the simple muffins like this...the vanilla bean must have given the muffins a very pleasant aroma.

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  24. Nothing beats the aroma fresh vanilla from the pod. Mini cakes looks mouthwatering.

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  25. Fresh Vanilla's got to be a delight. Those are beautiful muffins

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  26. What cute and delectable muffins.Beautiful clicks too.

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  27. Ooh! These muffins are my favorite! I'd love to have one!

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  28. Absolutely gorgeous cup cakes parita.. looks so yummy and soft. Mmmm can smell the vanilla from here.. vanilla bean is worth paying when we taste it right!!!!

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  29. Nice vanilla beans muffins. Lovely clicks!

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  30. Same pinch, we have the same vanilla cake in eggless version..do check it out..yours look very colorful and stunning..

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  31. Hi. Perfectly baked muffins, I like your moulds too.

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  32. lovely muffins Parita. looks so crumbly...awesome and I can imagine the beautiful aroma wafting from them....incredible.
    between are those paper muffin cases? please let me know where to get them in India. I have been looking for them for almost a year.

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  33. Muffins looks so good...just tempted to grab one dear.

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  34. lovely clicks ,..looks so delicious

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  35. Your cupcakes looks soft and nice.Loved the silicon moulds too!

    Btw, I was Deeba's official supplier for vanilla beans till Feb (I moved to USA ).Hopefully she found another source now :)

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  36. Plain cupcakes are always great without the icing! They are lovely ur pict!

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  37. Perfectly baked cakes Parita...they must have tasted delicious with the vanilla flavor :)

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  38. Sometimes the most simple flavors are the best. I love anything with vanilla in it especially vanilla beans, and your muffins look delicious.

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  39. Vanilla is my all time favorite too.Sometimes weirdly will think of adding it to pakoras or anny kind of appetizers.Your muffins look perfect.

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  40. i love cooking with fresh vanilla beans.. this looks so delicious.

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  41. Vanilla muffin cupcakes looks super soft and delicious. Lovely clicks. I forgot to add myself in your blogroll last time. Doing it right now:-)
    Do visit Hamaree Rasoi in your free time

    Deepa

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  42. Love vanilla. Cant go wrong with a classic. Wish I could have one of yours now :)

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  43. love the smell of fresh vanilla :-) vanilla is not available everywhere in kerala, so though i am from the place it's mostly been the essence form that i've got to use.

    beautiful, spongy little morsels!

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  44. Vanilla is so wonderful and versatile! Those muffins look delicious!

    cheers,

    Rosa

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  45. can't beat the classic... never get enough of these simple vanilla muffins, esp yours look so tempting!

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  46. Those are looking very nice... i love baked foods as im a bit week in such making...ur muffins lloking very tempting too....

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  47. The easiest and yummiest i would say...im such a sucker for anything vanilla based :)

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  48. That looks wonderful...and classy

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  49. Muffins looks perfect and yummy.

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  50. looks so yummy and perfect...awesome clicks...

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  51. Vanilla beans r widely avail in chennai...i never tried the bean ,but i know hw this cake must have tasted,because the recipe is very familar to me...beautiful clicks..

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  52. Wow....these look absolutely yummy!

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  53. Hi Parita..

    Thax for visiting...lovely sapce ...So many recipes..wow

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  54. wow cupcakes love it great recipe it looks amazing i love it

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  55. simply superb! muffins look so perfect and delicious.

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  56. Muffins look perfect!!I too have blogged abt vanilla muffins recently

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  57. Vanilla is one of those perfect flavours and my fave next to cardamom. Luckily I belong to Kerala so have a ready stash of the said beans in my kitchen! :)

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  58. Gorgeous muffins,no wonder they have been titled as classic parita.Can i get some ?

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  59. The muffins look so spongy and perfect Parita! Makes me feel like going and baking a few. :-)

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  60. I love vanilla cakes and these look gorgeous Parita. :)

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  61. Gorgeous and yummy muffins...love vanilla flavour!!

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  62. Cute Cupcakes!!Looks perfect for tea

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  63. Glad u enjoyed the cupcakes Parita... I use them often as a basic recipe, and just recently did a triple vanilla batch...was in heaven.

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  64. Hi Parita,
    ur blog is loaded with good cakes n cookies..
    never knew vanilla is of 3 kinds.
    well explained. :)

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  65. Gorgeous... looking soft and tempting Parits.....

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  66. I follow Deeba's recipe for Vanilla cupcakes too,perfect result everytime!!Love your cupcake moulds,I havve a similar set!!

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  67. Muffins look so spongy and soft.. would love to try vanilla beans sometime...

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  68. Awesome! I loved the cupcak, prefect with tea for evening!

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  69. ur post reminded me.. i am visiting kerala and i will surely try to find the real pods this time.

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  70. Lovely basic cupcakes, P!! They look delicious.

    P.S - Do you still have that vanilla?

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