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Monday, May 30, 2011

Best EVER Banana Muffins

I do hope you had a great weekend.  Along with finally mowing the overgrown dandelion patch formerly known as my lawn, I worked on some wood grained doors for St. John-Assumption Church, the little old 1883 Catholic church you have seen featured on here a few times.  Coming up, I'll be doing some painted glass windows there, which should photo nicely, but today's doors just look like oak doors, which is what is great about them, but not an exciting photo op.  Admittedly, banana muffins aren't exactly photogenic either, but in this case, substance makes up for beauty.

Best Ever Banana Muffins and Mayan Black Onyx coffee...Elevenses never tasted sooooo good!
 Now, if you make muffins a part of a nutritious breakfast, click off of here right now, and go find the recipe from Diet For A Small Planet for power muffins, from back in the '70s.  There is absolutely no way you can pretend these are fine nutrition.  These are banana cupcakes without frosting, and believe me, they don't need it!  These are a celebration of the marriage of butter and brown sugar...preferably with eleven other people at the party.

1/2 cup butter, creamed with
1 scant cup brown sugar, then blend in
2 eggs and
3 very ripe mashed bananas.

Stir in:
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 scant teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1-2 tsp cinnamon, optional and
1-2 tsp vanilla, also optional

Then add:
1 cup oats, quick for fluffs, regular for chewiness
1 cup flour

Butter a 12 cup muffin tin.  I mean it.  No papers for these, and no margarine.  Butter.  Spoon batter into tins, and bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes, more or less...when they are done, they are golden brown, and begin to pull away from the edges of the pan.  When they are overdone, the smoke detector goes off.  When they are done perfectly, they will have a lovely slightly crunchy outside for the first several hours after baking.  After that, they lose their crunch, but the buttery banana flavor deepens. 

Disclaimer:  This blog's author accepts no responsibility for user's consumption of multiple muffins, and any unfortunate effects.  Do not eat while driving or operating heavy equipment, as falling crumbs may be distracting.  Do not combine with other foods containing large quantities of butter, as unfortunate side and backside effects may occur over an extended period.  Bake responsibly.

If you bake them, I will come...Actually, if you want a free estimate on my painting services, I will come, but I won't turn down banana muffins, if you really want to entice me.  See my website for my full portfolio, and all the info on how to hire me to create the home of your dreams...theartofthehome.com

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