Thursday, April 16, 2009

Tyler's Banana Nut Muffins

The Ultimate Banana Nut Muffin 

(Minus the Nut add the Peanut Butter)

I have been missing baking so bad since COLLEGE took over. I do not think that I will take a full load this summer. And speaking of summer I just found out that I am getting a family vacation to ( enter drum roll here please ) JAMAICA baby!

Things are happening all around me here and I sometimes feel like I am more of an observer than a participant but oddly enough I got to put on my skull apron and I felt soooo very comfortable this evening. The only thing missing was a nice glass of Champagne. I was so happy to get the escape I much needed and desired. And with that came aging bananas and a room full of 6th grade students who just finished their state mandated exam. I decided to make the cupcakes that I so rudely neglected this Easter. 

These are the best Banana Muffins EVER! Tyler knows his stuff... I change it up a tiny bit but every single time they come out amazing no matter what changes I incorporate. This time I just did plain banana because 6th graders are picky. I did however ice them with Peanut Butter Icing and topped with a Mini Hershey Bar. The triad of Banana, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate.. Hell Ya!

I got the original recipe here. Trust me on the changes, this recipe can do almost anything. And the smell... oh my gosh!

Next week I am hoping to be done with my major papers and can get a better chance to soak in springtime. My hydrangea trees are beginning to bloom and it makes my heart happy to see the rebirth. I think I have been sitting in front of the computer too long and now my thoughts are wandering. So.... Enjoy!

Banana Nut Muffins

2 cups AP Flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 overripe bananas
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped pecans  (this is where I like to change it up either with PB chips, chocolate chips, or even omit)

Preheat to 375. Line muffin tins.

Combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Set Aside

Mash 2 bananas with a fork so they still have a bit of texture. With wire whisk bananas and sugar for about 3 min (Tyler says like you mean it!)  Add melted butter, eggs, and vanilla scraping the sides once or twice. Mix in the dry ingredients until just incorporated. Fold in other bananas and nuts with rubber spatula. Spoon into muffin tins about half way and tap on counter to release bubbles ( I don't do this because I typically lose my attention span about now )

Bake 18 to 20 min. Cool in tin for a few minutes and serve. These are best warm!
For mini muffins, like I did, 9 to 11 min.

Wordless Wednesday

Yes, Thursday again... sorry!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Pink and Tink!


The newest members of our Motley Crew..... 

Pink and Tinker Bell (AKA... Pink and Tink)

Friday, April 3, 2009

BBQ Chicken.. The Ultimate Way

Another Reason to LOVE Tyler

I do hope y'all tried my #1 Cookie Recipe as I did (over and over again!)

This week I did the Ultimate BBQ Chicken and I will say this: WOW!

I have never done a brine or (you may want to sit) baked chicken on the bone. I know; How is that possible right? Well, I hate to deal with meat as a whole but meat on a bone... that's too much for me. I feel too primal and yucky doing it. Guess I am either a vegetarian inside or a princess... or perhaps both. I will say that if I do this recipe again I will do boneless chicken breasts. I think everyone in my crew would like that better. The BBQ sauce was perfect.

This recipe is the ULTIMATE. The smell is sooo amazing. A definite repeat for me. 

The entire recipe can be found here. Till Next Week Ladies!