Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Really fast really easy banana muffins

OK so the smell in the kitchen isn't great. It's like when someone drops a banana peel in the car and it slips under the seat, never to be seen again.

It's time to make banana bread. Well, the unfortunate thing about banana bread is that if you don't bake it for at least an hour it ends up all stodgy and disgusting in the middle. So what do you do if the kettle is already boiling for afternoon tea?

Make banana muffins instead. These took me literally twenty minutes (OK I had to boil the kettle again, but still my family actually waited without moaning, so that means it was superfast).

Here's what you do.

Put the oven on to 350F (180C)

Take 3-4 overripe bananas


Peel them and put them in your food processor.


Pour in 1/2 cup white or brown sugar.


Break in 1 egg.


Zoom it all up. Now add a handful of your favourite nuts. I used Hazelnuts.


Zoom it up again, so the nuts get chopped up smallish in the mixture.

Then add 1 1/2 cups plain flour


and 1 tsp baking powder


and 1 tsp baking soda


Do you see I'm not sieving or anything here. Remember, I have ravenous children in the next room.

Zoom it up till mixed. The nuts might have splattered the batter all over the place inside there. Just scrape it down so it's all nice and mixed together.

Now melt 1/3 cup butter in a jug in the microwave (just estimate, and measure properly when it's melted. You can always give extra to the dog).


And finally add 1/2 teaspoon salt (don't ask me why now, just do it).

Zoom it up again until it looks totally mixed up and lovely.

Now get out your muffin and pop in some muffin cases. Yes you must have these in your cupboard. Who likes fussing with greasing little muffin spaces?


Divide the batter between the cases. Don't worry about mess. Just use your finger and lick.


Get them nice and full. Don't be stingy now!


By now, your oven will be hot enough. Pop them in and set a timer for twenty minutes.


Don't you love mine? It's magnetic so it sticks to the fridge. My husband gives me these kind of presents for birthdays and Christmas. He is, after, quite a remarkable husband.


Ooh aren't you hungry for one now?

We had them outdoors in the garden.


With tea.


Happy family.

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3 comments:

Kim said...

Just an FYI - regular teaspoons measure completely differently from actual measuring spoons...may be why you have HUGE muffins :)

Cathy Kerton-Johnson said...

Which way will you choose Kim? My way (i.e. estimate from experience and throw it all together) or the recipe book way (level the measuring spoons with a knife). I guess the question is...do you feel lucky? :-)

Kami @ Sweet Charli... said...

mmmmm! Those look sooooo delicious! What a great recipe!~ Thanks for sharing! :)

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