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Got rotten bananas? Don’t be sad- Make some muffins! What better idea is there? http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/banana-muffins-ii/Detail.aspx

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (Emily: I used all whole wheat flour. Worked fine :D)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large bananas, mashed (EMILY’S HINT: if you’re freezing bananas, peel them BEFORE you freeze them. It makes life easier, trust me. Otherwise only half the peel comes off. And that’s not pleasant)
  • 3/4 cup white sugar (We substituted 1/4 cup of brown sugar, so 1/2 c white and 1/4 c brown, cause brown is healthier or something I dunno, worked well)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  •  OPTIONAL (Emily’s additions): 1 cup chocolate chips and 1/4 cup chopped pecans

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat muffin pans with non-stick spray, or use paper liners. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. Combine bananas, sugar, egg, and melted butter in a large bowl. Fold in flour mixture, and mix until smooth. Scoop into muffin pans.
  3. Bake in preheated oven. Bake mini muffins for 10 to 15 minutes, and large muffins for 25 to 30 minutes. Muffins will spring back when lightly tapped
Emily’s notes: Very easy muffins, worked really well, the tops came out kinda flat and we’re not sure what exactly happened, but they were quite tasty. I personally only like chocolate chips, but we put some nuts in Heathers’, so just do what you want, improvise a little. That’s what makes baking fun!
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These muffins are delicious, but a little messy, and more involved than your average muffin. Here’s the recipe!

Muffins:

3 cups flour

1/2 cups sugar

4 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

2 cups tart apple, pared & shredded

1 cup milk

1/2 cup melted butter

2 eggs, beaten

 

Streusel:

1 cup brown sugar

6 tablespoons flour

1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon

6 tablespoons butter, softened

1 cup chopped walnuts

 

Glaze:

1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted

2 tablespoons milk

½ teaspoon vanilla

 

Preheat oven to 400 F, and prepare muffin tins. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. Stir in apple and set aside.

In small bowl, combine the milk, butter, and eggs until blended. Add to dry ingredients, and stir just until moistened. Spoon half of batter into muffin cups.

To make the streusel, combine all of the ingredients until crumbly and well-mixed. Reserve ¾ cup, and sprinkle the remaining streusel on the muffins. Cover each muffin with the remaining half of the batter, and sprinkle the reserved streusel on top of muffins. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until muffins spring back to the touch.

Glaze: In a medium bowl, whisk together the convectioners’ sugar, milk, and vanilla until completely smooth. Immediately drizzle glaze over warm muffins! ENJOY!

Makes about 24 muffins.

Emily’s notes: I’m not a fan of nuts, so I didn’t use the nuts. Also, it does make 24 muffins, but as you can see, mine didn’t rise above the muffin tins, and so there are no muffin tops, which everyone knows is the best part of the muffin. So you might want to make a few less and get better muffins. Also, for the apple, one large apple was enough. But it has to be a large one. Not ordinary size. Good luck!

 


Well, I’m considering turning this into a quasi- baking type blog. Intermixed with personal ranting and stories, of course. So here are photos and links to recipes of some of my latest conquests in the kitchen. I’ll make individual posts for the ones that I have to type out the recipes for, otherwise I’ll just include links. Enjoy!

Strawberry Cream Roll
I believe this fairly impressive! Creamy delicous strawberry on the inside, spongy cake on the outside. Topped with strawberries, tastes amazing! And really not as hard to make as you might think.
Recipe: http://dessertfirst.typepad.com/dessert_first/2010/08/strawberry-cream-roll.html

Peach Tart

I decided to forgo the maple syrup and almonds, and it was delicious! And looks pretty dang awesome, if I do say so myself. So colorful!
http://cafefernando.com/peach-tart-with-almonds-and-maple-syrup/

Mango, Papaya, and Chocolate cake
http://cafefernando.com/passion-fruit-mango-and-chocolate-cake/
So i couldn’t find passion fruit, which is what this is supposed to contain, so i used papaya in passion fruit juice. Still tasted pretty awesome! Doesn’t look as nice as Cafe Fernando’s version, obviously, but pretty good for a novice. Most complex thing i have ever made! Took me all day to make all the parts.

Mango Mousse Tart
http://dessertfirst.typepad.com/dessert_first/2006/08/mangos_and_maca.html
I love mango! this was pretty delicious, and very easy. Very light and fluffy; it would probably taste a million times better with fresh mango in a tropical country, but halifax is what I have…

Apple Cinnamon Muffins-
they don’t look too hot, but they taste amazing! Got the recipe out of one of my mom’s murder mystery food books- they have names like “death by chocolate” and are extremely weird. But apparently they have good recipes!  https://tropicalpengawin.wordpress.com/2010/12/29/to-die-for-glazed-apple-streusel-muffins/

Hershey Kiss Cookies

Peanut butter and chocolate- a classic combo. These cookies are simple and elegant. A classic for every Christmas! https://tropicalpengawin.wordpress.com/2010/12/29/hershey-kiss-cookies/

Sugar Cookies with Icing

I’m always the only one who actually enjoys decorating these. My mother just ridicules me- “You’re just going to eat them! Just slap the icing on!” But I still like to make them semi pretty. Though, as I’ve gotten older, they get more and more abstract…

Red and Green M&M cookies!

Classic. Basically chocolate chip cookies with M&M’s in them. Very festive!

https://tropicalpengawin.wordpress.com/2010/12/29/candy-cookies/

Chocolate Mousse
There was a recipe on Cafe Fernando’s blog that involved only chocolate and water. I was intrigued, so I tried it. It was very rich and chocolately, a bit much so for my brother and mother. But I thought it was tasty!
http://cafefernando.com/the-best-chocolate-mousse-of-your-life-under-5-minutes/

Mint Swirl Brownies!
I felt like making something with the mint extract in the cupboard, and I have a party this afternoon. So I made mint swirl brownies! Fairly simple and fun, no crazy accidents to speak of.
http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/28/MintSwirlBrownies67184.shtml

Strawberry Mousse Cheesecake

Well, I finally have a chance to bake in a kitchen again! This is my first creation of the summer- very light and fluffy and delicious! Perfect dessert for a sunny summer afternoon. And who doesn’t love strawberries? https://tropicalpengawin.wordpress.com/2011/04/27/strawberry-mousse-cheesecake/

Homemade Pop Tarts

So delicious and flaky and awesome! Thanks again to Mennonite Girls Can Cook. https://tropicalpengawin.wordpress.com/2011/04/28/homemade-pop-tarts/ . Way better than the store bought.

Cinnamon Sugar Pull Apart Bread

This is freaking delicious- like cinnamon buns, but in a loaf! So warm and tasty right out of the oven, and not too hard to make either.  https://tropicalpengawin.wordpress.com/2011/05/23/cinnamon-sugar-pull-apart-bread/

Easy Breezy Peanut Brittle

Recipe from my awesome roomie Heather! Just corn syrup, sugar, peanuts, and butter. Yum! Tasty treat. https://tropicalpengawin.wordpress.com/2011/05/23/easy-peanut-brittle/

Banana Muffins!

Simple, easy way to use up leftover rotten bananas! (Shhh, we won’t tell anyone if you just let your bananas rot as an excuse to try this delicious recipe.) Add nuts or chocolate chips to your taste to make it your own muffin. https://tropicalpengawin.wordpress.com/2011/05/23/banana-muffins/

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