Muffins a good snack


July 17, 2002|By Ellen Hawks | Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF

Dottie Denitto of Sykesville writes that she is searching for a recipe for coconut muffins like the ones served at Harpoon Hannah's Restaurant in Ocean City.

"They are about the size of a regular cupcake and are simple, cakelike, sweet and delicious. I have tried a few recipes from books and the Internet, but none came close. Thanks for your help," she says.

Volondia Kelly of Arnold responded: "I have a cousin who works at Harpoon Hannah's in Ocean City who gave me the recipe that I have enclosed and said that this is the one that the restaurant makes. Hope this helps. I really enjoy your column and have used many of your recipes for my family."

Coconut Muffins

Makes 12 small muffins

1 scant cup sugar

4 tablespoons ( 1/2 stick) margarine

2 eggs

2/3 cup flaked coconut

1/4 teaspoon coconut extract

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup milk

Cream sugar and margarine, then add eggs one at a time, blending between each addition. Add the remaining ingredients. Divide evenly between 12 muffin cups. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for approximately 20 minutes.

Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "I baked mine slightly longer, about 25 minutes, until the muffin surface would spring back from my touch. The resulting muffins are sweet, deliciously coconutty treats, good for a snack or for breakfast. You can change the level of sweetness by which kind of coconut you choose - an unsweetened shredded coconut will yield less-sweet muffins; the sweetened angel-flaked coconut produces sweeter, moister muffins. For a really decadent treat, these would be good frosted with chocolate or topped with some kind of tropical fruit jam."

Recipe requests

Julie Peterson of Wonder Lake, Ill., writes that she has lost a recipe from the 1960s or 1970s for a Tunnel of Fudge Cake. "I think it was from Pillsbury Angel Food Cake Mix with a whipped-cream filling. It was a favorite of our family of eight. Can you help?"

Jean H. Carcaba of St. Augustine, Fla., is seeking a recipe for Chicken Giardino, which she says she had at the Olive Garden Restaurant. "It was one of their healthy choices on the menu. I enjoyed it so much and didn't feel as though it was a diet meal. Thank you for your help."

If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request for a hard-to-find recipe, write to Ellen Hawks, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278. If you send more than one recipe, please put each on a separate sheet of paper with your name, address and daytime phone number. Please list the ingredients in order of use, and note the number of servings each recipe makes.

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