Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Recipe: Sarah's Sweet Banana Muffins

This weekend, I was at the grocery and they had bags of ripe bananas on sale for $1.00 a bag. I needed a few bananas anyway, so I bought a bag. So what should I do with the rest of them. Banana bread? Nope, bakes for waaaaaay too long for me. And then I thought of my favorite banana flavored item.... Muffins. Royal Caribbean has different breads every night of your cruise and my favorites is the sweet banana muffin. So with this recipe I kinda tried to recreate that...

3 Ripe Bananas
6 Tbsp of Butter (softened)
2 Tbsp of Shortening
2 Large Eggs
1 Cup and 1 Tbsp of Sugar
1 heaping Tbsp of Baking Powder
2 and 1/2 Cups of Flour
1 and 1/2 tsp of Cinnamon
1 tsp of Vanilla
1/2 tsp of Salt
1/2 tsp of Baking Soda
a little less than 1 cup of Milk mixed with a few Tbsp of White Vinegar (or 1 cup of Buttermilk)
(Optional: You could add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of walnuts, but I'm not a big fan of nuts in my food...so I left that out.) 

Yields: 18 Muffins

#1. Preheat the oven to 400 Degrees Fahrenheit (I know my pic above shows 375, but I changed my mind after I took the pic of the ingredients and decided it should be at about 400.)
#2. If you're using Milk and Vinegar as a substitute for Buttermilk (like me because I NEVER have buttermilk) then go ahead and pour almost a cup of Milk and then add in Vinegar until it reaches the 1 cup mark. Mix it a little. If using buttermilk, move on to step #3.
#3. In a large bowl, beat the Butter, Shortening, Sugar, and Cinnamon until well blended. 
#4. Add your eggs into the mixture and beat.
#5. Mash your bananas (I squished them with my clean hands) and work them into the mixture.
#6. Pour in your Milk/Vinegar Blend and your vanilla and stir until blended. 
#7. In another large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and baking soda until blended (I used my pastry blender to mix it all around).
#8. Pour the liquidy mixture onto the flour mixture and stir until blended. 
#9. Spray, Grease, or Line Muffin pans.
#10. Pour Mixture into the pans. I used the 1/4 measuring cup and average size muffin pans and they came out perfectly sized.
#11. Bake for 17 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
 You can see the little hunks of yummy banana in them! YUMMMMM!!!
These are YUMMY for breakfast, snack, dessert...or just because! ENJOY! Happy Baking!

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