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Papaya Raisin Muffins Recipe

Photo © 2007 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone
Papaya adds moisture and flavor to these easy spiced muffins that begin with a cake mix. The cream cheese frosting adds extra decadence, however you may simply sprinkle the muffins with powdered sugar or omit the topping completely. This same recipe may be used to make Papaya Raisin Quick Bread.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 package French vanilla cake mix
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten with a fork
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup mashed fresh papaya
  • 1 cup raisins, soaked in hot water for 15 minutes and drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, optional
  • .
  • Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cream or whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 325 F. Line muffin tins with muffin papers.

In a large bowl, beat cake mix, eggs, oil, sour cream, water, applesauce, cinnamon, allspice, and ginger on low speed for 1 minute. Increase mixer speed to medium and beat for 2 additional minutes. Batter may look a little lumpy.

Fold in papaya, raisins, and pecans.

Fill muffin papers 3/4 full. Bake for 25 minutes. Let cool to room temperature before frosting.

For the Frosting:
Beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar, cream, vanilla, and cinnamon until smooth. (Alternatively, you may simply sprinkle the muffins or bread with powdered sugar or omit topping completely.)

Note: Use the same method to make Papaya Raisin Bread. Pour batter into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan and bake for about 1 hour or until center tests done with a toothpick.

Yield: 24 muffins or 2 small loaves

Papaya Raisin Muffins Photo © 2007 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.
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