September 25, 2009

Pujo season with Peanut Butter & Raspberry muffins


It's Durga Pujo season! And that means that it doesn't matter how busy I am, I always try to make something sweet during this time. When my parents were here last year, my mom made special meals to celebrate different festivals and painstakingly made narkeler nadu, sandesh and payesh for pujo and Diwali. Even though I wanted to do all that, the busy week left me with little time and energy. But, I had to make something sweet!

We had some extra raspberries in the freezer and I combined it with peanut butter to make peanut butter and raspberry muffins. How I came up with the combination? It was what was available at home and just a feeling that this would work. And it tasted great!

There's the sweetness of the muffins, the tartness of the raspberries and the lingering creaminess of the peanut butter.

Ingredients: (Makes 6-8)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/4 tbspoon peanut butter
1/4 stick butter, softened
1 egg
1/2 cup fat-free buttermilk
1/2 tspoon vanilla extract
1/2 tspoon fresh lemon juice
1 1/4 cups flour ( I used a combination of whole wheat & all-purpose)
1/4 tspoon baking powder
1/4 tspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1 cup fresh raspberries
Cooking spray for muffin cups

Preheat oven to 375° F.

Mix the sugar and peanut butter together and mix. Then add in the butter and whisk till it's well blended. Add the egg next and whisk. Add buttermilk, vanilla, and lemon juice and mix until it combines smoothly.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Gently add in the buttermilk mixture and mix till it becomes smooth. Fold in raspberries and let the batter stand for 5-10 minutes.

Spoon batter into pre-coated muffin cups. Bake at 375° for 17-18 minutes or until muffins spring back when touched lightly in center.


Happy Durga Pujo everyone.


  1. Happy durga puja, peanut butter and raspberries, that has to be super youmm, looks so so good too.

  2. Such a gorgeous muffins...looks yummy and delicious..Happy durga pooja..

  3. Happy durga puja...Muffin looks so soft and perfectly baked....must be very delicious with that peanut flavour....

  4. Hey, This looks so yummy. Really really nice and fluffy.

    Loved it so much.

  5. Happy Durga Puja and loved the concept, idea of combining peanut butter and raspberry.
    Even though i am not very fond of peanut butter, i can imagine the delightful taste in a muffin.

  6. Muffins look fluffy and moist.

  7. A new combination to me and must say looks fantastic!

  8. Happy durga pooja, awesome all your preparations.

  9. Pujo kemon katlo Mandira. Muffin looks so lovely

  10. Yummy muffins. Good job!!

  11. Lovely muffins mandira. Shubho Bijoya, Mandira.

  12. gorgeous looking muffins...
    Happy Dusshera to you too...

  13. Shubho Bijoya! Great combo for a muffin.

  14. Shubho Bijoya tomake ar A ke, Mandira. Pujo bhaloi katlo :) Tomader ?

  15. Bijoya r Shubhecha roila tomader jonne.

    you are still getting fresh raspberries!! sounds wonderful!

  16. Mandira,
    Shobho Vijaya to you and Aswin..
    and these looks so moist ...and very unusual of trying out with peanut butter..great one :)....
    hugs and smiles


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