The Mango Madness Festival is being held in St. Lucia from June 11-15, hosted by Chef Allen Susser, a James Beard award winner. Susser is the author of The Great Mango Book and considered the definitive authority on this remarkable (and my favorite) fruit.
I visited St. Lucia in November 2008 and must admit I reveled in many excitingl adventures, but mangos were not in season, nor on the menu. (Click here to read about my trip.)
Fresh Mango (or Peach) Oat Muffins
From Debi Lander's files
1 1/3 cups rolled oats
1 1/3 cups buttermilk (I use low-fat buttermilk)
1 large egg, slightly beaten
1/3 cups melted butter or vegetable oil
½ cup brown sugar
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon cinnamon
12 oz. almost ripe mango or peaches,
cut in large chunks
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Put the rolled oats and the buttermilk in a large bowl and let soak for 10 minutes. Add the beaten egg, melted butter or oil, and sugar and mix well.
Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and spices onto the soaked oat mixture and stir briefly. Quickly fold in the chopped fruit. Do not beat or overmix; the batter should look slightly streaky. Spoon the mixture into well greased muffin pans, filling each 2/3 full.
Bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown and firm to the touch. Let cool in the pan for 1 minute, then turn out onto a wire rack. Eat warm or within 24 hours. When thoroughly cooled, the muffins can be wrapped then frozen for up to 1 month.