Monday, September 26, 2011

Banana Muffins

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Some of them exercise, some of them count calories and some, having developed what I call the "What the Hell" syndrome, just smile beatifically and grab another cookie. I speak now, with great affection, of course, of my homeys who have never met a snack or dessert they didn't like . While the stated purpose of our meetings is planning and scheduling events for a group that does not wish to be named here, we really meet to dish, divine and dine. That's dine, as in snack on things that aren't really good for us. I was refreshment lady this month and used the opportunity to test some muffin recipes I'd been wanting to try. The muffins I'm featuring today, are a bit unique in that they have a drizzled caramel glaze that goes well with the intense banana flavor of the cakes. I made two batches this morning and used the glaze on one of them. The glaze did not photograph well, so I used confectioners' sugar to top the other. These muffins are like a banana bread in cupcake form and they really are delicious, with or without the glaze. I'll be making them again. Here's the recipe.

Banana Muffins...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Katherine McClelland

1/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1-1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 large)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon
Caramel Icing
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon 2% milk
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
in 6 jumbo muffin cups.
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place cupcake liners in six jumbo muffin cups. Cream shortening and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Beat in bananas and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture just until moistened. Fill muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake for 23-28 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
2) For icing, melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar and milk; bring to a boil. Cool slightly. Beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Transfer to a small resealable plastic bag; cut a small hole in a corner of bag and drizzle over muffins. Yield: 6 muffins.

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Ginny Hartzler said...

How lucky it would be to be in a group that meets at your house! I am also checking out that salmon chowder below, yum!

Anonymous said...

Yes my eye alsoimmediately got pinned on a salmon chowder as I love fish:) Banan muffins the way you make it are delciious:)

Anonymous said...

This is outstanding post, great stuff here, that sway i just love the look of that!

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Priya Suresh said...

Super delicious and gorgeous muffins..i dont bother to have some.


Esses muffins ficaram maravilhosos!!!

Maris (In Good Taste) said...

The muffins look incredible! This nameless group must love when you are the refreshment lady!

lena said...

i probably belong sto the " whatthe hell' category, eat these muffins and follow by some stretching later on..

Von said...

'what the hell' syndrome?? haha.....
I love the sound of the caramel glaze on the banana muffins! which ones tasted better- the carmel glaze of sugar coated ones? Both sound delicious though- I haven't made banana cake for so long because bananas are so expensive right now :( I really want one of these muffins! :D

Kim said...

Love banana bread and muffins. These looks pretty good and I'll be trying these this week I think!

Diane said...

Mmmmm but those look so yummy. Diane

pam said...

Love banana bread, and I love portion control, so these are perfect!

Awayofmind Bakery Hoiuse said...

The banana muffin looks lovely! The group must be lucky to have you as refreshment lady!

Clint said...

Another masterpiece!

Unknown said...

I would be one of those people!! YUM!!! Love banana muffins!!

Anonymous said...

What a delicious treat for your guests!

Rita said...

You sure know how to bring up the simple banana muffins; looks great.

Anna said...

Looks like I know what to do with those ripe bananas in my kitchen :D

Adam said...

Banana Bread/Muffins are among my favourite baked goods. I typically use my banana bread recipe for banana muffins, but have never thought of pairing them with a caramel icing. I'm a firm believer that you can rarely have too much caramel :).

And that sounds like a group I wouldn't mind being a part of. Unless it's ladies only. I mean in order to try some of your baked goods I might be willing to put on a dress, but I think I might draw the line at the shaving the legs thing :).

David said...

Mary, Great looking muffins and a terrific photo! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Joanne said...

I would love to be a part of your eating club...sounds like so much fun! Banana muffins are one of my favorite recipes to make...that icing sounds divine.

That Girl said...

The diversity of your "homeys" cracks me up.

Aldy said...

Mmmm banana muffins...Please count me in :) Sounds and looks very delicious!

Lovely click!

Hugs <3

Unknown said...

Lovely as usual, Mary. I have a jumbo muffin pan, but have never used it. Now I have a wonderful recipe to fill it. Love the caramel glaze - yummy.


Delectably Green said...

I really do love the idea of the caramel icing - delicious idea with the banana.

Becki's Whole Life said...

I love banana muffins and the caramel glaze sounds great - it is a nice pairing with banana. However, your powdered sugar on top looks very pretty!

Saji said...


mia xara said...

Very flavorful muffins,Mary,always among the top favorites of our household! :)

Eileen said...

They sound delicious either way.

mely said...

I just made banana muffins but they have not icing. But Now I have a recipe for it, thank to you.

I am also taking your greek lasagna recipe.


DV said...

Your recipes are yummilicous! the pictures are just perfect and gives a visual treat to anyone browsing through!


Linda @ Lemon Drop said...

Hi Mary, I made the banana muffins and OMG, fantastic. I just posted the recipe on my blog and linked back to you (of course). Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe with us all !

Linda @ Lemon Drop

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