Friday 21 June 2013

Falsa Muffins with Cinnamon crumb topping-Falsa Fetish#3

My last two posts were dedicated to my new found fruit love Falsa. Many of the readers said that they have never heard of this fruit. Falsa is native to southern Asia and is not a very famous fruit. I, being born and brought up in India, had never heard or eaten or seen these purple black beauties. My mother who is from Punjab mentioned eyeing this fruit in the market and the next day Vishal got them home. And thus began my love affair with this humble fruit.
Fruit bake is an area which excites me a lot(definitely not as much as Chocolate bakes!!) The moment I realized I could use them as Blueberries which we very sadly do not get here, I searched for recipes and stumbled upon an amazing blog Zoe Bakes. My last bake Falsa Bars were adapted from her amazing Blueberry bars. They turned out so well that I jumped on to another recipe from her blog to finish my Falsa Fetish with these muffins. 
The best part about these otherwise ordinary muffins is the Cinnamon crumb topping. The aroma from the very flavourful Cinnamon fills up your kitchen while baking and makes you wait with baited breath to have them soon. I also enjoyed the rich brown colour of these muffins which was because of the brown sugar.
An amazing finale bake with these tiny beauties. 

Recipe source: Adapted from Zoe bakes

Ingredients: Yields 9 regular sized muffins

Muffin batter :
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 6 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 egg
  • 3 tbsp buttermilk(see notes)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Falsa(pitted)
Cinnamon crumb topping
  • 1 1/2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp chilled butter
Muffins :
Preheat oven to 200 degree Celsius.
Prepare muffin tray with liners.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
In another bowl, mix softened butter, egg, brown sugar, buttermilk and vanilla extract.
Stir in the flour mixture and mix well.
Fold in the Falsa.
Pour in the prepared muffin liners. 
Topping :
In a bowl, whisk flour, sugar, salt and cinnamon powder.
Grate the chilled butter over the mixture. 
Quickly mix with light hands.
If the butter has melted, pop the mixture in the freezer for some time.
Divide the topping over the muffins.
Place muffin tray over a baking sheet/aluminium foil (so that bottom does not burn) and bake for 20-25 mins.
  • To make buttermilk, take 3 tbsp of milk at room temperature and add 1/4 tsp white vinegar or lime juice. Allow i to stand for 5 mins and then use it in the recipe. 
  • You can add any other fruit like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cherries etc
  • The muffin gets its rich brown colour with the use of brown sugar, so as far as possible do not substitute.
My Falsa doing a Peek-a-boo
Happy Falsa muffin Eating


  1. you are killing me with falsa dishes. i have to import now if someone is coming from India. Looks awesome.

  2. I still haven't read about falsa so I shall not prevent that I know about it. Whatever it may be, I love the outcome, what more with the fragrance of cinnamon which I adore.

  3. its so tempting .. nice presentation

  4. beautiful presentation ,interesting idea of using falsa,never tried it before.

  5. Wow.. Yet another falsa treat.. I am loving it :) Lovely looking falsa muffins :)

  6. Delicious falsa muffin, love it Amrita

  7. Hi Amrita, your final falsa fetish was worth the wait. I adore your baking skills. And I must say that pictures of this post are really pleasing. The first picture with purple muffin cups and purple periwinkles really compliment your post.

  8. Yummy looking muffin. This is something new to me.

  9. Wow, looks soo crunchy! can we replace falsa with any other fruit?

    1. Sure Arthy, I have mentioned that in the notes.

  10. These muffins sound lovely and delicious. :) Make me want to grab a few through the Aren't you glad the technology is not as "advance" for us to do that yet?

  11. Delicious, yummy and adorable muffins :-)

  12. this looks really awesome...

  13. Loving each of your falsa goodies. It been looong time has Falsa.Missing it terribly after seeing your goodies.

  14. Hi Amrita,

    Growing up in Singapore, I'm surprised that I have not seen and heard of falsa before. This is totally new to me. Interesting ingredient :D


  15. have surprised me with the yet another surprising ingredient..I read it as 'false' clicks are awesome!!

  16. This is a very cute recipe .Lovely clicks !!



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