Monday, April 4, 2011

Muffin Making

I love to cook.  I especially love to bake.  Some people get stressed about cooking, but for me it's how I de-stress.  When things are crazy you will find me in the kitchen making a batch of blueberry-lemon scones, peanut butter-chocolate chip cookies or some new creation.  I think that's what I love about it, the creation. Taking handfuls of totally unpalatable stuff like ground up wheat, baking soda, and raw eggs, and throwing it together with butter and sugar to make delicious melt-in-your-mouth cookies.  Or how something as basic as flour, yeast and salt can become fresh baked bread, crisp and golden on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside, whose tantalizing aroma fills the house. Today it's the scent of banana wafting from the kitchen.  Our local market has great deals on bananas when they get too ripe.  They are only 25 cents a pound right now, so today became muffin making day.  Muffins freeze really well so I can make several batches and save them for easy breakfasts.  They come in very handy on Sunday mornings when we're busy getting ready for church.  Just pop them straight from the freezer into the oven  and reheat for about 10 minutes.  You will have a warm, simple (but yummy!) breakfast in no time!

Banana Nut Muffins

What You Need:

3/4 cup unbleached white flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup cane sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 beaten egg
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup honey
3 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

What You Do:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  
Grease muffin tin, set aside.  
In a medium mixing bowl, stir together flours, baking powder, salt, sugar and cinnamon. 
 Set aside. 
 In small mixing bowl, whisk two eggs.  
Add milk, melted butter, and honey.  
Whisk until well combined.  
Add wet mixture to dry ingredients, stirring until just combined.  
Do not over mix.  
Gently fold in mashed banana and walnuts.  
Spoon evenly into greased muffin tin.  
Bake at 400 degrees  for 15 minutes.  
Makes 12 muffins.

This are especially delicious straight out of the oven slathered with butter!

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