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Banana “‘Nana! ‘Nana!” Muffins

Oh dear, I’ve been very lax in writing the past few weeks.  With the post Christmas lull and my ‘get slim before 30’ diet (I’m hurtling towards my 30th birthday in August!), my mind has been otherwise occupied.

I have still been baking, a little, despite not having many left who aren’t on diets to eat my baking.

The littlest baker is now 15 months old and learning new words at an alarming rate.  Two of her current favourites are:
Din-dins meaning dinner.  It is best shouted any time you think someone is even thinking about making something to eat, just in case they don’t bring you some. 
Nana meaning banana.  This is squealed in delight at the sight of this yellow fruit. Also combined with pointing and saying word repeatedly till you receive… a ‘nana.

Unfortunately, as you are probably more than aware, bananas ripen at a ridiculous rate and even a small bunch becomes over ripe very quickly.
So to counter this I’ve made the over ripe bananas into banana muffins.

It’s a staple recipe that every baker probably should have made but I never have.  Although this is my first time making them they have come out very light and tasting of banana.

The littlest baker might not automatically shout “nana!” upon sight of them but they should make a nice little treat for her.


This is the recipe I used but I only had 2 smaller bananas so I reduced the flour to 8.5oz instead of 9oz.
I did not add any nuts to this either.

BBC Banana Muffin

Muffin, Sweet

Christmas Cake Muffins

Today my husband was doing his work so I decided that I would use the time to make some very quick muffins. Usually I make my triple chocolate chip ones but this time I thought I would try a different flavour combination.

Looking around at what I have in the house I was originally going to do some lemon muffins, but I quite fancied them with poppy seeds in and I don’t have any, so I had a thought about making muffins that taste like Christmas cake.

I get pretty excited when it comes to Christmas and since the heating has just gone on, it was a very cold and rainy day, I was feeling kinda Christmassy!

Unfortunately my husband said he couldn’t really taste too much in these muffins but he currently has a cold so I’m hoping that when he gets his full taste buds back then he will enjoy them better.  I thought they did taste a bit like a Christmas cake and I was really pleased how they worked. I think next time I might also add a little bit of Amaretto liqueur to the mix or some brandy.


Christmas Cake Muffins

11oz plain flour
4 level tsp baking powder
3oz Dark Brown sugar
2 medium size eggs
225ml (8fl.oz) milk
4oz butter or margarine
1tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1 splash of your Christmas liqueur (I used dark rum this time)
4oz Mixed Fruit

Preheat oven to 200C, Gas Mark 6

In a bowl put all of your dry ingredients, these are flour, sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and baking powder.
Mix your butter/margarine into the dry ingredients till all of the butter is blended in.

In a separate bowl measure your milk and beat into the milk the two eggs.  Add your splash of liqueur.

Mix the wet ingredients into the dry and stir till they just come together to make a sticky mix then stir in the mixed fruit.  Remember at this stage not to overwork the mix.

Separate your mix into 12 muffin cases, making sure you fill them about 2/3rds of the way up the cases.

Bake in the oven for 25 minutes or till a skewer comes out clean.

Let them cool on a wire rack, the bottoms will feel a little soft when hot but they will set when cooled.

Muffin, Sweet

One for the boys: Easy triple chocolate muffins

My husband has been complaining that recently I never bake him any cakes to eat; so after deciding to make a lemon drizzle cake for work I thought I would surprise him with one of his favourites… Chocolate muffins.
He has said that muffins are for men and the cupcakes for the ladies and I can kind of see his reasoning as muffins are heavy and usually undecorated and cupcakes are light, fluffy and beautifully decorated but as yet I haven’t found anyone to turn a cake down solely due to their gender!

I love to make muffins as they are so uncomplicated, easy to throw together and great for any time of the day… especially breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea…

I have been making this chocolate muffin recipe for a while now as it is so easy and simple to do and (as far as I can tell) impossible to get wrong. When making muffins, don’t be scared if the mix looks a little lumpy and isn’t smooth as a normal cake mix because this is completely fine. Try not to over work the mix as it will make the muffins a bit heavier, just mix enough till all of the ingredients combine – no need to beat the mixture for a while as they will still rise perfectly.
As they are triple chocolate muffins you need to use two different types of chocolate chips in it, usually it’s milk and white but sometimes it is dark and milk chocolate, whatever is your preference.
This time I decided to cut up half a small bar of dark chocolate to put into the mix, as I know it’s my husbands favourite type of chocolate and used milk chocolate chips.

For muffins, I like to use tulip wrappers as they give them quite a professional look. You can buy these from most shops now or eBay but I believe it is just as easy to make them yourself from a square of parchment paper pushed down into a muffin tray. Try and fill them up about 2/3rds. It is fine if they spill over the top when cooking as I think it is better to have really big muffins than small dainty ones.
When I was in Australia on holiday last year I was very impressed with the cakes they had there, especially the muffins – they were HUGE! I decided from then onwards that if I ever get to open my cake shop then the muffins will be just like the ones I had there.


Triple Chocolate muffins

This recipe makes 6 gigantic, 8 big, 10 good size or 12 small muffins – I usually make 10.

275g (10oz) plain flour
4 level tsp baking powder
4 tbsp cocoa powder
75g (3oz) caster sugar
2 medium size eggs
225ml (8fl.oz) milk
110g (4oz) butter or margarine
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
75g (3oz) milk or white Chocolate Chips
50g dark chocolate roughly chopped

Preheat oven to 200C, Gas Mark 6

In a bowl put all of your dry ingredients, these are flour, cocoa powder, sugar and baking powder.
Mix your butter/margarine into the dry ingredients till all of the butter is blended in.

In a separate bowl measure your milk and beat into the milk the two eggs.

Mix the wet ingredients into the dry and stir till they just come together to make a sticky mix then stir in the chopped chocolate and chocolate chips.  Remember at this stage not to overwork the mix.

Separate your mix into however many muffins cases you like, making sure you fill them about 2/3rds of the way up the cases.

Bake in the oven till a skewer comes out clean.
The time needed to cook them will depend on the size, use this as a guide and always bake for 20 minutes before opening the oven door:
Small (12) – 20 – 25 Minutes
Good size (10) – 25 – 30 Minutes
Big (8) 35-40 Minutes
Gigantic (6) 40 – 45 Minutes

Let them cool on a wire rack, the bottoms will feel a little soft when hot but they will set when cooled.