Sunday, 18 March 2012

Happiness is....

banana muffins baking out in the mornings's enough to coax the most comatose from the arms of Morpheus.

There are some fruit and muffin combinations that always go together.  Bananas and muffins are like bananas in pajamas.  Remember them?  B1 and B2.  Lol. After making the blueberry and goji berry muffins, I decided to make some banana muffins.  There was a comb of bananas ripening on the counter crying out to be used.

I like making muffins.  It's easy to make and takes very little time to bake out.  In less than an hour, you get freshly-baked muffins.  And nothing beats the aroma of freshly baked muffins gently wafting out of the kitchen in the mornings.  These are guaranteed to kick start the drool glands even if you belong to the only-coffee-in-the-morning clan. Muffins are easy to eat.  You can eat them on the go and a little goes a long way, especially with banana muffins.  They are a power packed snack.  Small enough to pack into your handbag, yet power packed to boost your energy levels for a discreet mid-morning snack or after
yoga indulgence.

This is a tried and tested recipe which bakes out perfectly every time without fail.  And I love that there's nothing complicated about any of the ingredients.  The bananas, cinnamon and vanilla combine into the most delicious scent - eat your heart out Jo Malone!

coffee and muffins for the morning

Recipe adapted from
Makes 12 muffins
75g/3oz melted butter
250g/9oz plain flour
2 tsp baking pwder
1 tsp soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
115g/4oz sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp honey
2 large ripe bananas
2 med eggs
125ml/4oz milk

Method :1.  Preheat oven to 190c and prepare muffin trays with liners.
2.  Melt the butter in the microwave oven and leave to cool.  20 seconds on medium-high is normally sufficient.
3.  Mash the bananas.
4.  In a large bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, soda and ground cinnamon.  Add the sugar and mix well. 
5.  In a second bowl, mix the eggs, milk, honey and vanilla extract.  Stir in the mashed bananas. 
6.  Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and stir in the egg/milk/banana mixture.  Don't overmix.  Batter should be lumpy. 
7.  Scoop batter into muffin tins, about 3/4 full and bake for 20 - 25 minutes.
8.  Bake for 20 - 25 minutes.  Use a skewer to test for doneness.  Cool 5 minutes in tin
before removing.


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