Thursday, November 27, 2008

Banana Muffins

I'm not sure it's worth mentioning my starting point (the Best Banana Bread Recipe at Recipezaar), but I made some tasty muffins this evening with peanut butter, bananas that needed to be baked soon, and chocolate chips.


2 bananas

mix in

1/3 cup honey

2 Tbs canola oil

1 tsp vanilla

blend in

1/3 cup peanut butter

preheat oven to 350°F

sift in

1 cup cake flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

fold in

1/4 cup chocolate chips

bake at 350°F 10-15 min until done

I made 24 mini muffins (10 minutes) and 4 regular muffins (15 minutes) with cups filled about 3/4 full. Neither the banana flavor nor the peanut butter flavor is very strong, but it's fairly tasty. I like the texture variety of the chocolate chips. The muffins rose nicely, are soft, and didn't need silicone muffin cups greased. Given that they didn't rise an exceptional amount, this recipe would probably adapt to the microwave pretty well (like this recipe, but for muffins maybe 4 minutes at half power and 2 to 2:30 at full power). Now here's hoping Karston will eat them!

UPDATE 04/05/2009: in my 1.5kW (1500 Watt!) microwave, the proper cooking time was 3 minutes at half-power, 1:30 at full power. Even then, the batch made in the dry silicone muffin pan had two get almost overdone, while the batch made in the damp (from cleaning it after the first batch) silicone muffin pan stayed out of the hard-as-a-rock zone. Mini chocolate chips are best for mini muffins. This recipe made 33 mini muffins, and it rose beautifully while "baking" in the microwave!

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