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."
Makes 12 small muffins
1 scant cup sugar
4 tablespoons ( 1/2 stick) margarine
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."
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."
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