1/02/2010

Mini Banana Muffins


I finally bought bananas recently and after waiting a few days more till the bananas were really ripe, I made the much-awaited mini banana muffins for alicia. These smell and taste much better than the applesauce muffins even though I love apples more than bananas and bananas rank really low on the list of favourite fruits for me. :D


I adapted the recipe I found on http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/banana-crumb-muffins/Detail.aspx. I made a really small batch of muffins coz i was afraid it wouldn't agree with alicia's palate and since I'm not a fan of bananas, I wasn't prepared to eat them in case alicia rejected them. But they turned out really yummy, even though I didn't do the crumb bit very well... hehe...



Mini Banana Muffins (makes 8)


Wet ingredients:


  • 100ml mashed banana (2 bananas)

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • 25ml olive oil

Dry ingredients:


  • 60g or 120ml flour (I used 20g self-raising flour + 40g whole wheat flour)

  • 1 tablespoon wheatgerm

  • 1.5T brown sugar

  • 1/3tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/3tsp baking powder

  • 1/3tsp baking soda

  • a pinch of salt

For the crumb topping:

  • a dash of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1.5 tablespoon raw brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour


Method:


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degC.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, ground cinnamon sugar and salt.

  3. In another bowl, beat together bananas, egg and olive oil.

  4. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups (I use silicon cups).

  5. In a small bowl, mix together the following for the crumb topping: brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle topping over muffins*.

  6. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

*This time round, I followed a reviewer's suggestion of adding the topping 5 min before the muffins are done. Thus, I added the topping at the 10-min mark but the topping couldn't mix well with the muffin already thus the crumbly and chunky bits of topping you see in the photo... I think I'll just follow the recipe's instructions the next time round and see how it goes.




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