Macadamia Muffins



My second post for the theme, Dishes from the Southern Hemisphere, was the one I was most excited about. I finally managed to get some macadamia which I tasted few years ago and loved. We had a fabulous family reunion last month and one of my cousins was kind enough to remember and get me some macadamia all the way from Australia. I was very enthused with the idea of baking with this ‘Australian cashew’ (in the husband’s words) and found this lovely recipe for a tea cake with macadamia, chocolate and raisins. But I am yet to settle with my new oven and I don’t know what else went wrong but the tea cake did not hold and so I converted them to muffins. They do taste good though I am not sure if you will believe me seeing that picture. I will update this post with better pictures to convince you soon.

Recipe adapted from here

Makes 10 muffins


140 gms All purpose flour

125 gms Unsalted butter, melted

100 gms Chocolate, chopped

3/4 cup Brown sugar, loosely packed

1/4 cup Curds

1/2 cup Raisins

1/4 cup Macadamia nuts, chopped

1 1/2 tsp Baking powder

Pinch of salt


  • Preheat the oven to 180C
  • Line a muffin tray with cup liners or use silicon molds
  • In a bowl, take the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, macadamia, raisins and chocolate
  • Mix well to combine all these ingredients
  • Add the curds and melted butter and fold to ensure no dry flour remains
  • Use a spoon or scoop to transfer the dough to the muffin molds
  • Bake for 35-40 mins or till the toothpick inserted comes clean
  • Check once after 30 minutes and keep a close eye thereafter
  • Let it cool in the pan for 5-7 mins
  • Serve warm
  • Enjoy!


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13 Comments Add yours

  1. Rajani says:

    I knew you wouldn’t stay away from the oven too long :-). The muffins have so much yumminess in them – chocolates, raisins and nuts! I am sure it would have been a great treat for your kid

  2. The muffins sound exotic and must have tasted awesome . I love these nuts , you were lucky to get them .

  3. Kalyani says:

    Yummy muffins and the nuts must have added to the texture and overall taste. Wondering if we can sub it with pine nuts or almonds

    1. Sowmya:) says:

      Oh yes. Walnuts may be a good idea too

  4. harini says:

    OMG! what is there not to like? there is chocolate, raisins and those exotic nuts.A great treat for any occasion.

  5. Renu Agrawal Dongre says:

    The muffins are tempting, lovely bake with all that chocolate and nuts. Beautiful muffin cases.

  6. Priya Suresh says:

    Those muffins looks ultimate, macadamia nuts are quite expensive here. Still you are tempting me to bake some muffins rite now with those nuts.

  7. sapna says:

    Believe me or not but I have never tried Macadamia nuts. Let me fing these nuts to try the muffins.

  8. These muffins with chocolate, nuts and raisins must be out of the world. I have never tried macadamia, hope I get them sometime.

  9. Wonderful combination of nuts and chocolates. In muffin avatar it looks so yum Sowmya. It takes some time to understand a new oven. You will get it. Don’t worry.

  10. usha says:

    I like Australian cashews 🙂 Good you can turn the cake into muffins. I always have difficulty with the ovens in India and gave up. Last time instead of baking in India, I baked some cookies for my nephews here itself and took them to India 😛

  11. Suma Gandlur says:

    It is good that you could salvage the recipe into muffins. With chocolate, raisins and nuts, these muffins must have tasted good.

  12. I have only made macadamia and white chocolate chip cookies. This is a great recipe to use the macadamia nuts. I love the flavor and I love muffins. This is perfect.

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