Sunday, May 9, 2010

Brown Sugar Banana Muffins


There are a million and one versions of banana bread out there. This one is decently moist, low in fat, pleasantly spiced and not too sweet. There’s a nice hit of spice and crunch from the sugar chips, plus a hit of chocolate that not overwhelming as it often is in banana bread. I made these into muffins but you could just as easily make a tea bread - layer the chips in the middle and sprinkle on top.


Sugar chips:


one slab of brown sugar 


good cocoa powder


1 tsp cinnamon


Stick the sugar in a baggie and hit repeatedly with the blunt object of your choice to break into chips. Add cinnamon and cocoa powder to cover.


Batter:


2 c. flour


1 tsp baking soda


1 tsp baking powder


1 tsp tea masala (cardamom/black pepper/ginger/cinnamon/clove)


1 cup packed brown sugar (the regular kind, not slab)


3  bananas, pureed to baby food consistancy.


2 eggs


dribble of vanilla extract


1/4 cup veg. oil


1/4 cup plain yogurt


Mix ingredients Muffin Method style. (Dry ingredients mixed in a bowl, wet ingredients mixed in a bowl. uh, sugar is a wet ingredient by the way. Also, beat your eggs before you add them to the wet.Wet into dry and fold together. Be gentle - you want to keep air in it.) 


Once you’ve got a batter, grease your muffin pans and add a spoonful to each. Layer in some sugar chips, then another spoonful of batter to cover. Sprinkle a few chips on top.


Bake at 350 until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of one. It will be a hell of a lot quicker if you’re making mini muffins, and longer if you decided to make tea bread. Regular muffins take maybe 12 minutes in my oven.

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