Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Banana Muffins Even I'll Eat

I'm really enjoying my copy of Baked: New Frontiers in Baking. This banana muffin recipe caught my eye when I started going through the book, and it jogged my memory about a post I saw last month over at Peabody's. These muffins were suddenly at the top of my "must make" list.

Now, I usually don't like baking with bananas in it, though I do like an actual banana itself. I'm not sure why, but banana-flavoured things just don't do it for me. I decided I'd make these muffins - in my new king-sized muffin pan - and send the product over to my brother and SIL's place, since they love banana anything. Well...I can tell you they're not getting all the muffins! I think I have been converted.

Banana Espresso Chocolate Chip Muffins, page 32 of Baked: New Frontiers in Baking

1 1/2 cups mashed, very ripe bananas
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted & cooled
1/4 cup milk
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp instant espresso powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare a 12-cup muffin pan however you like to prepare a 12-cup muffin pan.

In a medium bowl, combine bananas, sugars, butter, milk, and egg.

In another medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients and make well in the centre. Add the wet ingredients to the well and stir to combine. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Fill muffin cups and bake about 20 - 25 minutes. Move the pan to a cooling rack and let cool for 15 minutes, then remove the muffins from the pan and cool them on the rack completely. Yeild about 12 muffins.

In my case, I got 6 king-sized muffins and had to bake them for about half an hour, but the results were quite spectacular! And I am totally digging my new muffin tin, too!


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

They look perfect! Really delicious!



tshsmom said...

I should try this recipe since my guys won't eat banana baking either. They will, however, eat just about anything that contains chocolate.

Joie de vivre said...

That melty chocolate looks really good in the muffins. Well done.

Judith said...

I'll certainly be making these muffins! Thanks for the recipe! I think I would use tofu if I knew how to use it, etc. My last experience of tofu was from tofu chilli at the UVic cafeteria where you worked; it sat like lead in my stomach for what seemed like ages; also had the texture of plastic. It squeaked when I bit into it! I'm sure tofu has moved on from then. In England I used to buy a veg based product that looked like ground beef to make chilli or shepherd's pie for my veggie friends. Haven't seen it since returning to Canada- probably not looking in the right places.So How about Tofu Tuesdays?

Wandering Coyote said...

Mom: well, I wouldn't use that cafeteria as any indication of how any foods should be properly prepared! I actually thought of Tofu Tuesdays, too! Great minds think alike!

Judith said...

I made these muffins today with a few changes. I didn't have any espresso powder and used Splenda instead of the sugars. They are great!I made medium size ones because I'm becoming a supersize!


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