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Banana muffins

Have you ever had the joy of  acheiving that you had dreamt for  a long time? I read here that the ‘user experience pleasures’ are of thirteen types and I experienced today two such types of pleasures – triumphant  (The joy you experience  when you win ) and accomplished (The joy you get by accomplishing or acheiving something).

I had been dreaming of baking muffins from scratch for a long time and this show on Food network TV made my dream come true. I modified a little in the sweetener and added almonds on top so as to pack it easily  for my daughter’s lunch, but it didn’t last that long.

I was so enthusiaistic to post this earlier than the dishes in my ‘waiting list’  but then Maheswari of ‘Beyond the usual’  has started hosting a new blog event  called AFAM  (A Fruit A Month)  giving me better reason to post it immediately. Maheswari has chosen the fabulous banana for this month which is said to be one of the mukkani (meaning three  fruits in tamil. Banana, Mango and jackfruit are the three fruits served in a traditional festival meal in Tamil Nadu and  so called mukkani in short). So, here is my entry for the fruit mela !

Recipe: 

All purpose flour- 3 cups

Baking soda – 1 tsp

Salt – 1 tsp

Baking powder – 1/2 tsp

Ground cinnamon -1/2 tsp

Ground nutmeg – 1/2 tsp

Mix in these dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Sugar -1 cup

Honey- 1 cup

Vegetable oil -1 cup 

Large eggs – 3 number

Vanilla extract – 1 tbsp

Peeled and coarsely mashed ripe bananas- 4 number  

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Beat the sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla extract in a large bowl to blend. Stir in the banana. Add the dry ingredients and stir just until blended. Pour the batter in the greased muffin cups to 3/4th of the height. Sprinkle chopped almonds on top. Bake the muffins on the middle rack for about 25 minutes. Test for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the centre of a muffin. It should come out without any crumbles .

Banana muffins

Enjoy the warm banana muffins!

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