In case y’all haven’t figured it out already, I’m a total control freak. But I’d like to think of it as “effortlessly organised and efficient”. Panu calls it “busy body” but sometimes he says it’s “endearing”. Hm, do we believe him? Anyway, the point is that I like to plan ahead, well ahead, for any event or activity. I don’t do unplanned, and I certainly don’t do impromptu.

An example is when Panu and I go on holidays. Usually we have our accommodation all booked (I mean, this is normal, right?) and I’ve scoped out the hotel website so intensely that I can tell you where they are, what services they offer, their room facilities and if you’re really lucky, I can tell you how many power points they have in each room, so you’ll know whether you need to bring an extra power converter. Yeah.

When Panu and his dad go on holidays, they don’t even book accommodation! What? I KNOW, RIGHT?!


Me: But, what if there’s no accommodation when you get there?

Panu: Baby, there’s always accommodation.


*hyperventilate* *anxious* *distressed* and this isn’t even my holiday.

You get the point.

So this mango muffin batch is a ground breaker for me. I woke up this morning with an itch to bake. Panu had gone out, taken the car and I hadn’t had time to study any recipe meticulously enough, let alone craft a detailed list of ingredients and scoured the supermarket to ensure I get each and every one of them.

I had to… make do.

I looked in my pantry, which is still kind of bare and recon’d what I did have. I had flour, sugar, eggs. No butter DOH. I had a mango! Hm, what good is a mango in baking? So I turned to the wise interwebs and found a recipe which seemed to use all the ingredients I did have at home.

And voilà! Saturday morning breakfast is baked. And I survived.

ps. I totally added condensed milk to the recipe just for kicks 😉

Mango muffins (adapted from
1 1/3 cups flour
2 1/5 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup milk
1 tablespoon condensed milk
1 egg
1 cup mango pulp (about 1 large mango)
  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F.
  2. Cut mango into pieces and using a masher, pulp. Set aside.
  3. Mix flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl.
  4. In a smaller bowl, mix together oil, milk, condensed milk and egg.
  5. Add the wet mixture into the dry mixture and mix with wooden spoon until just combined.
  6. Add the mango pulp and continue to mix with wooden spoon until properly combined.
  7. Grease a muffin tray or line with muffin cups.
  8. Spoon mixture into cups until 2/3 full. This mixture made 10 muffins for me.
  9. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
Makes 10-12.

16 Thoughts on “recipe | mango muffins: Saturday morning impromptu baking

  1. These sounds delicious and I like that you added condensed milk 🙂

  2. you’re too cute, miss catty! can’t wait to see you in a couple of weeks!

  3. hahah I am a little like Panu and a little like you; my partner is totally a planner! Made for some interesting travels 😉

    interesting recipe! The condensed milk is a touch I feel totally works well, if unorthodox

  4. Katarina: I try to add condensed milk to anything I possible can 🙂

    Ying: See you soon!!!

    Judy: Hehe no kidding, but I guess opposites attract! 😉

  5. No accommodation? Whaaaaa? Im with you….what if there is none????? These look fab! No butter too – nom!

  6. OMG are Panu and Mr NQN brothers or twins? Yes they tend to just do life..impromptu! I don’t get it either…

  7. Nic: I know!!!!! There could be like.. a CONVENTION in town or something!! And yeah no butter. But condensed milk 😉

    Lorraine: they COULD BE! they’re both Finnish! well, Mr NQN is half… 🙂

  8. condense milk and mango… thumbs up!

  9. Wow, you made these with no preparation… AND THE SKY DIDN’T FALL IN?! THE EARTH DIDN’T OPEN UP AND SWALLOW YOU ;D You’d better watch out, soon you’ll be heading off without booking any hotels.

    I fall somewhere between the camps, if it’s a short holiday I like to prepare, but on longer travels I tend to take things as they come. I’ve only come a cropper once when assuming there would be a bank in a small Chinese town. There wasn’t. And we were stuck with no money. At all. And no one spoke English… Umm. That was fun.

    The recipe looks great anything with mango and condensed milk has got to be good, right? I mean, they’re made for one another. Although how you got through it all without just eating them both is beyond me. But then, my self control when faced with condensed milk is bad.

    FInally, your recipes are great, please post some more!

  10. I’m a control freak too! But not on holiday, you win ;P

  11. Ooooh these sound delicious and I also like that you don’t use butter.

  12. Penny: right??? I should have just eaten mango and condensed milk. Speaking of which, I’ve been eating a lot of avocado with condensed milk 😀

    Grubworm: That’s ANOTHER THING! I always take cash out before going on holidays in case there are no ATMs at the airport on the other end and Panu never does, he says he’ll get cash when he gets there. And sometimes – believe it or not – there is no ATM and well THANK GOD for ME 😉 we have cash! lol… anyways. I have a char kuay teow recipe coming up! 😀

    Sasa: I win 😉 miss you!

    jenny: Well… it wasn’t by choice that I didn’t use butter haha. I had none! Imagine how great it would have tasted with butter!

  13. Because condensed milk is all kinds of wonderful! I used to eat it by the spoonful as a kid from a chilled tub from the fridge =D

    And I don’t interpret organisation as being a control freak…though I may be biased as I’m Virgo and anal (or so I’m told =p).

  14. I could NEVER not book accommodation! I usually google and read tons of reviews till I become blue in the face. I thought that was normal behaviour? 😛 I’m even worse with food… I make LISTS. With maps. And opening times. And dishes to order. Again, I like to believe this is normal.

    Condensed milk in cakes/muffins reminds me of your mum’s awesome banana cake!

    Miss you xx

    • You are just like me. MUST PLAN! Yeah I didn’t really add condensed milk to much until my mum’s banana cake came along, now I add it to most things! Nothing wrong with that!!

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