Thursday, June 7, 2007

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
3 bananas
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt (I never use it…salted butter has plenty for me!)
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsps baking powder
Small handful dark semi sweet chocolate chips (to personal taste)
1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts (optional)

Beat butter in bowl of electric mixer… add the sugar and continue to mix ‘til light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until well mixed. Add vanilla and the bananas; continue to mix ‘til bananas are well broken down.

In separate bowl, mix dry ingredients and then add all at once to the moist ingredients… toss in some chocolate chips.. a small handful is plenty! Stir with wooden spoon just until moist and still lumpy. Don’t over mix or it becomes like cake batter (well, unless that is what you prefer …. as you may already know… I like rustic texture for my muffins).

Spoon into paper lined muffin tin….(for easier clean up!) Bake at 350 F (180 C) for about 20 – 25 mins. or so, until golden brown …depends on size of muffins…. Check with a toothpick for doneness. I use a tin that makes 8, but if you have a smaller could probably get 12 with this recipe.

Hint: When bananas get soft or brown and you don’t want to eat them .. put them into the freezer. When you want to use them for baking… take them out a few hours in advance.. they will be perfect. When it says add bananas…just slice off the top and squeeze the contents into the mixer mess no mashing!
If you forget to take them out soon enough... you can always microwave them on a plate for a few minutes at a very low setting to defrost them.

There you are Gaby...give them a try... then I am coming for tea and muffins...

Poor little Leonard hung out all day ...waiting for various body parts to be stitched. One ear is still just pinned... he needs stuffing...and toes...yep... pudgy ones....

Hiya....I am Leonard. Look...even bears can go to College...hahahhahha

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