Monday, July 23, 2012

Strawberry Banana Summer muffins


There are many things that make me relax: shopping, reading, being a couch potato with my boys, and baking! After a stressful day at work, I decided to bake muffins with some over ripe bananas and left over strawberries. I've never made strawberry banana muffins before. A few clicks on the internet and I found this awesome recipe from the Joy of Baking:



Strawberry Banana Muffins Recipe:

1/2 cup (1 stick) (113 grams) unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon (4 grams) pure vanilla extract
2 large ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
1 cup (240 ml) fresh strawberries (cut into bite sized pieces)
2 1/4 cups (295 grams) all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (160 grams) light brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon (4 grams) ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon (2.5 grams) salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). Place the oven rack in the center of the oven. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners or lightly butter or spray the muffin cups with a vegetable spray.
In a small saucepan melt the butter. Let cool to room temperature.
In a medium sized bowl whisk together the eggs, vanilla extract and mashed banana. Add the melted butter and stir to combine.  
In another large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Gently fold in the berries, making sure they are coated with flour. (This helps to prevent the berries from sinking during baking.) Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir only until the ingredients are just combined. Do not over mix the batter or tough muffins will result. 
Divide the batter evenly among the 12muffin cups, using two spoons or an ice cream scoop. Place in the oven and bake until a tester inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 20 to25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Can be stored for a few days at room temperature.
Makes 12 regular sized muffins. Preparation time: 20 minutes.





Here is my final product!


I made a batch with chocolate chips and my boys loved it!

I hope everyone is having a great summer! 

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