10 July 2006

Honey Banana Muffins

__________ _________ Muffins

Can you fill in the blanks?? Or atleast guess the two main ingredients other than flour and nuts

Recipe coming up soon....

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So the guessing is up! Some of you managed to guess ' Banana'. What's this, with Banana and muffins though? It's the first thing that comes to my mind too when I see a muffin ! The other ingredient is honey. The recipes calls for honey instead of using processed sugar.

I found this recipe on one of the foodblogs which mentioned that this is Nigella Lawson's recipe. I have longingly looked at her cookbooks in bookstores but the reviews of how the pictures are great and the recipe is not at all that accurate, dissuades me from buying a book that costs around Rs.2000. I do feel that her recipes are no-fuss but while baking, the adjective that I'm looking for is 'foolproof'. Nothing can be as heartbreaking as a failed baking attempt! All those heady aromas in your kitchen and nothing edible in the end is the height of taste-bud torture.

Actually, quite a few food bloggers around have tried this one with varying results. Read what Babe in the city has to say. Despite the not-so-good results, i decided to try out this one with my own modifications, because it wasn't much effort and all the ingredients were there in my pantry. ( I read the Chubby Hubby version only this morning, after I had already made two batches of the muffins, or else discouraged by their results- I don't think I would have tried this one)

Modification: And I modified the 1 cup AP flour into 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour and 1/2 cup AP flour to make it atleast half healthier. Also, I added a couple of tablespoons of finely chopped mixed nuts into the batter as well as for a little crunchy garnish on the top.

Honey Banana Muffins-a modified recipe from How to be a Domestic Goddess

Ingredients:

1/2 cup AP flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1 heaped tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp cinnamon powder (use cardamom powder for a variation)

2 large very ripe bananas

2 generous tbsp of good honey

2 tbsp of unsalted butter (i used salted butter and omitted the extra salt)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp finely chopped mixed nuts and a little more for topping

Pinch of salt

Method:

1.Preheat oven to 175 C/ 350 F

2.Sieve the flours with baking soda and baking powder into a large bowl. Add cinnamon / cardamom powder to it and keep aside.

3.Mash the bananas with a fork and keep aside.

4.Melt the butter in a saucepan on very low heat. Spoon the honey and vanilla essence into the melted butter and pour this butter mixture into the mashed bananas. Mix the finely chopped nuts into this.

5.Add the above mixture to the prepared flour. Just mix them gently until you have "a not terribly attractive lumpy sludge, but don't worry about it."

6.Spoon the mixture into a well greased / 'lined with paper cups' muffin tray. This mixture yeilded me 9 medium to large muffins. Rather i force fitted the entire batter into my 9 cup muffin tray. You could spread them over 12. Top each cup with a little sprinking of nuts.

7.Bake for 20 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Cool and serve with tea or for breakfast.

Result:

Compared to what people have to say- I had a pretty good bunch of mufffins. I don't know if the different result was due to the mixture of flours or the kind of bananas used. They were soft and springy. I rather prefer the subtle sweetness of honey to the overt sugary sweetness. The nuts added a nice crunch and the banana-cinnamon flavours are anyway an all time favourite. I made another batch the very next day, in which I added some mueseli into the batter. They turned out fine too!

It's worth a try for sure.

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Just reminding you friends, to send in your breakfast entries by 13th of July so that I can stick to the round-up date of 15th. Please send the Permalink of your recipe to saffrontrail AT gmail DOT com

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Check out:

The latest muffin on the block oops...Blog - Shammi's Chocolate muffins

Morning glory muffins that I learnt from Zoubeida

And don't miss Meeta's Carrot-coconut-walnut-apple muffin

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Disclaimer: Any resemblance in recipe idea, pictures, words is purely co-incidental.

17 comments:

Sumitha said...

Hey Nandita,this is very bad you must give us some clue right?Mmmm....I dont know whether I will sound funny but going by the pomegranate rasam,my answer is pomegranate muffin,Oh no!

Priya said...

hmmm...this is tough, u have wickedly not given a close up pic ...!!! hehehe So I am going to safely say eggs and sugar !!!! yey yeyyy and just a wildddd guess ..ur pomegranates :-)

Neelu said...

U know That I know one :) and did u use apple sauce or veg oil ?

Nandita said...

Sumi, my answers to the three of you are going to be some kind of clue-and pl give the pomegranates a break LOL

Priya- all your 3 tries are wrong-come on !! you can do better than that :D

Neelu- you have not got the answers right either

And for the first time, my guessing game is proving to be a slight bit of a challenge for my fellow bloggers :)

Ashwini said...

Hey N I judt dropped by to say my post was ready but couldnt upload snaps when I saw you had extended the deadline. Great...you will surely have my entry by tomorrow.
My guess is orange for some reason..I think I see bits of orange zest in there. And chocolate maybe? Almonds?

Inji Pennu said...

Is that two words? I see two blanks?

Some kind of nuts, I can see?

Neelu said...

Honey ! lol Now I have 1 item correct ok ? Did u use butter if not oil ? That could be a a possibility

starry nights said...

My guess is bran.

Priya said...

hmmm... no SUGAR also...sugar free muffins....but whyy..!! Well then, oil,water,milk ..hmm...I have never ever baked a cake in my life ...so this is pure guessing..!!

Heyyy....BANANA-NUT muffin !!!! :-)

Revathi said...

Banana nut ????

Nandita said...

Ashwini-My deadline remains-ie. coming Sunday, but date for sending me has been pushed a little, no probs, you can send me by tomorrow.No chocolate, no orange zest (though i like the idea) and a little bit of mixed nuts sprinkled on the top- but not a main ingredient

LG-yes there are two blanks and one of them is Banana and no other is not nut


Neelu- why do i feel that i must have told you about this on one of our chats without thinking that i'll be using it for a guessing game-LOL

Lalitha- Bran is good, probably will use it next time to add more fibre to the treats, but haven't used it this time

Priya- it is sugar free, that's a good guess-but no oil, no water and no milk, Hahaha
But Banana is right dear girl!


Revathi-Banana is right but not 'nut'

Look for the answers in my post now

This guessing game was the best one so far LOL :D

Meeta said...

Nice one Nandita! The idea of using honey instead of sugar is pretty good!

shammi said...

I agree completely - "foolproof" is what I look for in a recipe which involves baking! It's right up there with another quality - "simple" :)

I love banana muffins, and I've got 3-4 kinds of honey, so i guess my next muffin effort will most likely be this recipe!

Vaishali said...

Hey Nandita,
Have you mentioned how many bananas are required? Or have I overseen it? Well, I have three black bananas with yellow spots (it is usually supposed to be the other way around, right?:)) in my kitchen and I do fancy using them in this recipe of yours. Just need to know how many can go in. :)

Nandita said...

Sorry i totally forgot to mention the main ingredient-ie.banana, thanks Vaishali for pointing out
Its 2 large very ripe bananas- have included now

indianadoc said...

Banana muffins??that's so sweet Honey!!

savitha said...

Nandita: what is AP flour? Many thanks.

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