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Star Fruit Coconut Muffins

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I’m heading out in a few minutes to gather another bucket of ripe star fruit for juicing and it make me realize that it is time for another Star Fruit recipe. Here is a Florida-style way to use the star fruit

1 stick butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon molasses
1 egg
1 cup white flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup quick oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup chopped star fruit (carambola)
1/4 cup flaked coconut
1 Tablespoon grated orange peel
12 slices star fruit
powdered sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar until fluffy. Add molasses and eggs; beat until well blended.

In medium bowl, combine flours, oats, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Stir flour mixture into butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Fold in chopped star fruit, coconut, and orange peel.

Divide batter into 12 paper-lined muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full. Top each cup with one star fruit slice.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and spring back when pressed lightly. Cool on rack 5 minutes; remove from pan and dust with powdered sugar.

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