Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

I had an extremely busy week last week at TechWave, my company’s annual user conference in Vegas. While I do love Vegas, being there almost a full week is so very tiring. And of course in such an indulgent place, I ate so many rich things that by Saturday I couldn’t wait to come home to cook (and eat) my own food.

This banana chocolate chip muffin speaks comfort to me (as does any baked good with bananas), and surprisingly I never posted this recipe before! So here’s an oldie but goodie of mine to share while I catch up on sleep and get back to everyday life.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 large eggs
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted halfway (so that it’s not completely a liquid)
6-8 ripe bananas, mashed well
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Line a mini-muffin pan with paper liners.
3. In a large bowl mix the dry ingredients together (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt)
4. In another bowl combine the wet ingredients: bananas, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla.
5. Fold the banana mixture into the dry ingredients until just combined. Then fold in the chocolate chips.
6. Scoop batter into prepared mini-muffin pan. Bake about 12-15 minutes until muffins turn golden brown and a cake tester comes out clean.
7. Let cool slightly, remove loaf from pan, and serve warm. Makes about 48 mini muffins.

Cinnamon Apple Muffins

I almost didn’t make these muffins. Last night I came home a little later than expected, but it was all worth it because I got to have some much needed girl time. I went with my sister-in-law and friends to a champagne tasting and filled up on all sorts of bubbly and caviar. I knocked out when I got home and woke up two hours later with a headache. But I’m visiting my old roommate in DC this weekend and wanted to bring breakfast for our early morning crabbing trip tomorrow, so I had to bake. Fortunately I got through the recipe just fine – I almost lost track of how much flour I put in, but somehow figured it out. Baking takes concentration and precision, things a little bubbly can take away from you. Well the muffins are made (and they’re not bad), and I’m looking forward to even more fun this weekend.

Cinnamon Apple Muffins
adapted from Cook’s Illustrated

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
3/4 cup sour cream
1 cup apple filling, recipe below

1. Adjust oven rack to lower middle position and heat oven to 375F degrees. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl; set aside.
2. Beat butter and sugar with electric mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg, beating well after addition. Beat in one-half of dry ingredients. Beat in one-third of sour cream. Beat in remaining dry ingredients in two batches, alternating with sour cream.
3. Fold apple filling into the batter, mix until incorporated
4. Spray mini muffin tin with vegetable cooking spray or coat lightly with butter. Scoop batter evenly among cups. Bake until muffins are golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes.
5. Set on wire rack to cool slightly, about 5 minutes. Remove muffins from tin and serve warm.

Apple Filling
from Sherry Yard’s The Secret of Baking

2 Fuji apples, peeled, cored, and cut into ΒΌ-inch pieces
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 vanilla bean, split and scraped
1/8 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1. Toss all ingredients except butter in a large bowl.
2. Melt the butter in a saute pan over medium heat until slightly nutty in color, about 6 – 8 minutes.
3. Add the apple mixture and saute until apples are softened and caramelized, 10 to 15 minutes. Cool to room temperature.