4/29/08

If You Give A Moose A Muffin...

If a moose comes to visit you might offer him a muffin to be polite, but he'll probably want some jam on it. In fact, he'll probably want several muffins with jam, because a moose is very large and gets very, very hungry. Pretty soon you're out of muffins and you'll have to go to the store. And the Moose will want to borrow a sweater and some socks because it's chilly outside. But before he leaves he'll make sock puppets for a play, and work so hard on the scenery that he'll be hungry again... and you know what he's going to want, don't you? A muffin!

IF YOU GIVE A MOOSE A MUFFIN by Laura Joffe Numeroff

I loved reading this book to my kids. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Stinky Cheese Man, any of the Olivia books, Shel Silverstein poems, and anything by Dr. Seuss. Sometimes, very rarely, there are things that I miss about my kids being little and reading to them is one of the things I miss. Dirty diapers and waking up at three in the morning... not so much.

*We have a Winner! Bitchin Camero was correct. Though if I had the imagination of Pixie I would have made banana cupcakes with coconut frosting. Maybe next time.

Banana Coconut Muffins: (Gourmet Magazine May 2004)

Makes 1 Dozen

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 very ripe bananas, mashed (3/4 cup)

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted

2/3 cup sugar

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 375°F. Line muffin cups with liners.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Whisk together bananas, butter, sugar, egg, vanilla, and 1/2 cup coconut in a large bowl until combined well, then fold in flour mixture until flour is just moistened.

Divide batter among lined muffin cups and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup coconut. Bake until muffins are puffed and golden, about 25 minutes. Transfer muffins to a rack and cool slightly.

These muffins were really moist and very flavorful. I couldn't taste a lot of coconut in it though. It was more like a hint of coconut. I'm sure you could add more or add some peanut butter. Oh yeah baby, peanut butter would be good. But then if I had a moose in my house... he would be hungry for more muffins because he's so big and then he'd want some jam, then....

11 comments:

noble pig said...

Dang, I missed the guessing, I know I was totally going to be right. Oh well, they look divine.

cook eat FRET said...

mmmmmmmmmm... uffins
i want two

nice combo

bitchincamero said...

Success! Those look awesome! Too bad my husband hates coconut. Oh well, more for me...

Leah said...

Oh, I loved reading my kids all those books too, except Stinky Cheese Man, that's the only one I've never heard of! We have all of the Olivia books b/c we have an Olivia, although my Olivia is not much like Olivia the Pig!!

Your muffins look sooooo good, I am such a coconut fan. ;-)

Pixie said...

Banana muffins will do for now- perhaps I'll bring along some coconut cupcakes to the party? we shall see

I miss teaching and reading those stories to my class... ;) ever read Lafcadio? my ultimate favourite book-can never be too old to read that.

Grace said...

yeah...the finished muffins are much more appealing than the raw ingredients. they look great. :)

lcsa99 said...

Horray for muffins! And reading! :)

My mother loved reading all those books to us too (I think her favorite was One Fish, Two Fish, though I was partial to Fox in Socks). It was always so much fun, and now my niece who's almost three is getting them all :)

Asthmagirl said...

Muffins are never wrong. Fattening, but never wrong!

The Yummy Mummy said...

Muffins make me fat. I don't want to be fat. Let the moose eat my muffins.

We are reading Le Bistrot de Sept Frere about these chef mice who make prize-winning cheese soup. Very cute with a recipe.

Seriously, the muffins look great, you devil temptress...Great for skinny people. The moose can have my muffins.

Kim

jack's utter lack of surprise said...

i was so tired last night that i thought i commented on people's blogs but didn't. my intended comment here was: you MUST get the scaredy squirrel books to read from the library. not sure if they are in the states cuz it is an author from quebec but oh my god they are the BEST! i dare say they are tied with/as good as olivia books.

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