Browned Butter Passion Fruit Muffins

Browned butter just makes me smile!  Thank you to Chef Eric from Providence Cafe for showing me how to make the delicious treat.  I may become addicted to it… is  not my fault….I blame the butter!

If you have never made browned butter, it is easy….yet kinda tricky.  It can burn in just a matter of seconds.  So be prepared for some trial-and-error when making browned butter.  It has a gorgeous aroma that makes the whole house smell amazing, it reminds me of hazelnut-sweet, earthy, and aromatic!

The other day when I was leaving to go to work, I noticed our beautiful Amaryllis was in bloom.  I had to take some pretty pictures with the gorgeous flower.  The color is so vibrant next to the brown little muffins.  You can’t let this beautiful flower go to waste.  They are only in bloom for a week or less.

Now, since I met Nelly from Cooking with Books, I have wanted to try passion fruit.  I can never find it in my grocery store.  So when my favorite Greek yogurt, Chobani, came out with a passion fruit flavor…..WELLLLLL I was so excited to finally try the tropical fruit.  The passion fruit Chobani is pretty fantastic, actually one of my favorite flavors.

Then finally, the other day while wandering in the produce section of my grocery store, what did I see?  I actually SQUEEEE’d I was so excited, I am sure some people were wondering what all the fuss was about!  Nelly warned me that they are VERY tart, and she was not kidding.  I love really sour and really tart food, so they are perfect for me.  They are an acquired taste for sure.  I would guess it would be a texture thing for some people.  You only eat the inside of the fruit, it is a loose consistency that is mixed with seeds that are edible.

Nelly shared that she likes to mix it with water in a blender, strain it, add sweetener, and drink it as a juice.  Honestly, that seriously sounds AMAZING!!!

Now I created the muffin recipe, and still had troubles with the muffins.  They taste wonderful, and were taste-tested too, so I know they are okay.  BUT why did the centers continue to sag…..I now think it is the amount of flour, if I would have added maybe half cup more….they would look perfect.  Well either way, my tummy thinks they are perfect!  So I decided to get a little wacky, and make them into a sweet breakfast muffin.  I put the Chobani passion fruit flavor yogurt in the center of the muffin, to fill the hole.  Nobody has to know they are a bit droopy!

Yields 12

Browned Butter Passion Fruit Muffins

A sweet, nutty muffin, with the tart flavor of passion fruit to balance all the flavors together!

20 minsPrep Time

20 minsCook Time

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1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup unsalted butter, browned
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 passion fruits
1/2 cup chopped pecans


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease muffin pan with cooking spray.

In small bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.

In small sauce pan, on medium heat, I had my burner at 5 (I have a gas stove.) Melt down the butter, and swirl around the pan frequently, you should stay right by the pan while your are making the browned butter, let it have a small boil, and bubble some, it will start to smell different, and then will start turning brown on the bottom, once that happens, take off burner, and strain the brown pieces out, you can use a coffee filter or cheese cloth to strain the brown butter. It will have nutty aroma.

In medium bowl, mix together brown sugar, browned butter, and eggs. Mix well with a whisk. Mix in passion fruit, and then mix in flour mixture. If the batter seems to loose, add about 1/2 cup flour to the mixture.

Fill muffin tins 3/4 full, and bake for 15 - 20 depending on oven.



If you cannot find passion fruit, substitute 1 egg for 1/2 cup passion fruit Chobani Greek Yogurt.


The recipe is fun, simple, and well I FINALLY got to try passion fruit!!!!  I took a spoonful of the fruit, and was immediately taken away to a tropical island…if only that was true!

Like I shared up above in the recipe, if you cannot find passion fruit.  Just substitute 1 egg in the recipe with 1/2 cup passion fruit Chobani Greek Yogurt.  It will make the muffins moist, fluffy, and WELLLL delicious!

Have you had passion fruit before?  Do you like to make browned butter?

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  • I love passion fruit, and can't wait to try these. They sound delicious!
  • Oh! And I meant to add that browned butter makes me smile too. It makes just about everything taste so good :-)
  • You know I'm a muffin fanatic so I am over the moon with these babies! Okay, I really need to find some passion fruit around here. I haven't seen them at Trader Joe's but maybe Whole Foods will have them.
  • Choc Chip Uru
    Tropical delights with the sweet sweet taste of caramelised butter? Dreams do come true :D Cheers Choc Chip Uru
  • a spoonful of yumm
    these muffins look so yumm :D i tasted passion fruit for the first time, last year on a holiday in kerala. love it !
    •  Thank you so much!!! I can't believe it took me so long to try the delicious passion fruit:-) Hugs, Terra
  • a spoonful of yumm
    these muffins look so yumm :D i tasted passion fruit for the first time, last year on a holiday in kerala. love it !
  • a spoonful of yumm
    these muffins look so yumm :D i tasted passion fruit for the first time, last year on a holiday in kerala. love it !
  • Passionfruit is so pretty and tastes so good in baked treat! These look great!
  • hotlyspiced
    Passionfruit are one of my favourite fruits.  We're fortunate to be able to buy them through most months of the year.  Your muffins look incredible as does your flower - what a beautiful bloom.  
  • Brown butter makes me go weak in the knees too! Heh. These muffins look fantastic Terra! Love the combination of flavors you chose. :) 
  • kitchenriffs
    Browned butter is really good stuff - quite addictive.   And I don't believe I've had passion fruit baked into a muffin before.  Great idea, though - sounds wonderful.  Oh, and those little indents on top of the muffins?  Why, they're just crying out to be filled with just a tiny bit of browned butter!  Of course eating the muffin would be kinda messy, but it'd be worth it!  Fun post - thanks.
  • I just love butter, and these browned butter muffins look delicious!
  • Jen
    If this was the first time making this recipe, you might try remaking it with 2 teaspoons of baking powder next time and no baking soda.  Passion fruit is only mildly acidic which is what baking soda needs to react to.  Recipes with a small amount of acidity tend to fluff u[p better with just baking powder...  And I agree - brown butter is totally addictive!
    •  Oh wow, I never thought of that!  Thank you for the help with my passion fruit muffins.  I never thought to not use baking soda, that is really helpful!  Thank you again:-) Hugs, Terra
  • I love passion fruit and browned butter! Great recipe. I'm so lucky that passion fruits are plentiful here and now is the season! So excited. I'll have to try these!
  • I like the woody aroma of passion fruit..they are just wonderful in puddings and desserts. Your muffins look cute, Terra..lovely color.
  • What marvelous muffins! I know I've had passion fruit, but I don't remember the taste! It's time to try it again :) PS...brown butter makes everything better...mmmmmm.
  • I LOVEEE passion fruit! I used to live in Hawaii and its called lilikoi. My mom still lives there and sends me a box of lilikoi once in a while because she has liilkoi trees at her disposle! Amazing right? Check out my post on lilikoi bars hahah you may get a kick out of glad you found it because even here in Southern Cali I NEVER see lilikoi...only in Hawaii!
    •  Since my friend Nelly shared with me about passion fruit, and her love for them.  I have been determined to find them.  I was so excited to randomly find them at my local grocery store:-)  You are lucky you get a shipment from you Mom, that is awesome!  Take care, Hugs, Terra
  • No I have not made browned butter due to the fear of burning it but I would love to! Passion fruit looks so cute. I don't remember seeing one in the grocery store though. Maybe I should look harder. 
    •  Ilke, I only found the passion fruit at one Harris Teeter.  So it is not at all the stores, which is a bummer!  Hugs, Terra
  • Looks delicious! I saw Passion Fruit when I was in California a few weeks ago but have never seen them here in Oklahoma. I love sour and tart things as well!
  • WHERE did you find those beautiful passionfruit!?!?!?!?!? I could totally use one of these muffins right now with my mornin' tea!
    •  I found the passion fruit at one of the Harris Teeter grocery stores here in Charlotte.  The muffins are very fun!  Thank you so much:-) Hugs, Terra