A Fruit a Month is a blog even which focusses on food featuring a new fruit each month. This month, Mansi of Fun and Food is hosting A Fruit a Month, and the fruit in focus is peaches or nectarines.
My fruit of choice is the delightfully fuzzy peach. Unfortunately, peaches are not yet in season in Australia, so I have used canned peaches in juice and peach yoghurt (peach melba to be exact!).
I have chosen to make muffins which are "peachy keen" because not only are they light and delicious, they are also low in fat. There is no oil or butter in them, with the fat content coming from low fat yoghurt and a single egg.
The recipe is as follows:
1 1/2 cup plain flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1 cup low fat peach yoghurt (I used Ski Delite Peach Melba)
1/3 cup apple puree (or in my case, apple and pear puree!)
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 teaspoon almond essence
1 1/2 cups canned peaches, drained and chopped
Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Spray a 12 hole muffin tin lightly with cooking spray or oil. Sift flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda into a bowl, and stir in the sugar.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the yoghurt, egg and essences. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Fold in the peaches and spoon into the muffin tin.
Bake for 25 minutes or until cooked when a skewer is inserted. Remove from the oven and cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning out to cool completely on a wire rack.
Thanks to Mansi for hosting AFAM, and I look forward to the roundup!
Postscript: You can find heaps of innovative peachy recipes in the roundup, which is here.