We have our main meal – protein/starch/veg in the middle of the day – Noonish. This morning I did not feel like cooking, or for that matter eating. I had bought some bananas the other day and it seems they went from hard and green to brown and mushy in record time. So while not being in the mood to cook I thought “Why not bake?” It’s raw and cool yet super humid, so I figured I would turn on the a/c and the oven and see if I could dry this place out a bit plus – Baking!
I decided I wanted to make chocolate-banana muffins. Everything is better with chocolate. I found a recipe on the interwebz and after my husband had his lunch I got down to it. The recipe wasn’t all that so I made some adjustments (you have to be careful about adjustments when baking because baking is a science not just an art). Fresh out of the oven –
Whenever I photograph my baking I always include my old time Mirro oven timer because I love it! It’s quite the collector’s item and it came in the original box with the original price sticker. I did the unthinkable and tossed the box. I’m NOT a collector, all I wanted was the timer.
I gave the muffins about a half hour or so to cool and then popped them out of the pan. (The pan was buttered, with real butter and when I say “popped” that’s exactly what happened! I gave the pan a little jerk upward and those little puppies just jumped up out of the pan. Here they are looking so pretty –
My husband and I scarfed down two each (they aren’t very big). Now the interesting thing is the adjustments I made. The recipe called for 1/3 cup canola oil, I didn’t have any (what the heck would I do with canola oil?) But did you know, when baking, you can substitute applesauce for oil on a 1:1 basis. So 1/3 cup oil became 1/3 cup applesauce. Then, I thought, wait there is no flavoring aside from bananas. so I added a little cinnamon, nutmeg and bourbon vanilla. And you know what? These muffins taste suspiciously like my cocoa spice snack cake except with the added flavor of banana.
I had interrupted my reading of “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” (or should I say re-reading of…) to bake and clean – So time to get back to my book, maybe make a cup of tea and have another muffin (or two!)