What a year it’s been. Today’s bake is, to be honest, a guilt bake. I feel bad that I have not posted much this year at all, but I feel I have to make an effort. F for failure then!
Between having to rebuild my computer (thanks, Microsoft for destroying it with your update), scattering my mother’s ashes, being stuck in the middle of nowhere due to ice and snow, being completely felled by one of the seasonal viruses doing the rounds, selling the house, I could go on and on. But I’m exhausted, I need sleep, I need a break, I need good things. Don’t we all, though. A year of good news, and happy events would do us all the world of good.
So I found myself wondering what to bake. I had some over-ripe bananas, but I’ve done various banana bread recipes, how about cupcakes……no, how about muffins! Of course the recipe I saw on the internet didn’t have the same ingredients as I remembered it having…..you can see where this is going now, can’t you! I’d committed myself to baking, so there was no alternative but to tweak the recipe………but you all know by now, tweaking a recipe is something I do a lot of – not always successfully! In this case I used two different recipes as a reference point.
Muffins are a fairly forgiving bake, the only thing to remember is not to over-mix, otherwise they end up rubbery.
This recipe was for 12 muffins. Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan oven)
3 ripe bananas, mashed
125ml light oil (I used olive oil, but sunflower oil is fine too)
4 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
100g golden caster sugar
225g cake flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
220g chocolate buttons
Beat together the oil, egg, milk and vanilla extract. Add the mashed bananas and the sugar and mix well.
Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder, and add in the chocolate buttons, covering well with the flour mixture, in the hope that the buttons don’t sink to the bottom when you bake the muffins.
Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients, mixing gently to combine only. Don’t over-mix, it doesn’t matter if the batter is a bit lumpy.
Spoon into muffin cases and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool on a rack before eating!
Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, I wish you a peaceful weekend 🙂