11/29/10

banana streusel muffins and a cookbook giveaway



I have a love-hate relationship with bananas. I love them but they hate me. If I eat a banana (peeled, whole, unadorned) about a half hour later I am doubled over in excruciating pain. Like  'PLEASE KILL ME! AN ALIEN IS BURSTING OUT OF MY STOMACH! TAKE ME TO THE HOSPITAL STAT'  type pain.  Understandably I stay away from raw bananas. Thank god cooked bananas don't have this effect on me because life would be sad.

All the kids know that I don't eat raw bananas and therefore consider them fair game. So there are never enough bananas in my house to cook with because a few people, I'm not naming names, eat them all. I have to write on the bananas with Sharpie if I want a few to bake with.

Anyways, this muffins are a win-win. They taste almost floral instead of that too heavy, whap you over the head banana taste and they have a streusel topping.

The way I see it... streusel topping is a bonus.

Some of the streusel crumbs always jump ship and are left waiting for you on your plate or napkin. After your done with your muffin and are sad because you know you can't reach for another one. Lo and behold there is that bonus bit of sweet - sometimes soft - sometimes crunchy streusel topping just waiting there for you to pick it up with your finger and pop it into your mouth. I love that.



banana streusel muffins: sarabeth's bakery from my hands to yours by sarabeth levine

makes 1 dozen muffins

notes: use well ripened bananas that are NOT blackened.

muffin streusel:

6 tablespoons unbleached all purpose flour
1 tablespoon superfine sugar
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

muffins:

softened butter for the pan
3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick, (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 cup superfine sugar
grated zest of 1/2 lemon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs at room temperature, beaten
1/2 whole milk
1 cup sour cream
4 small ripe bananas, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch thick slices

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brush the top of the pan and insides of the 12 muffin cups with softened butter.

To make the streusel, mix the flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, and vanilla with your fingers in a small bowl until combined and crumbly. Set aside.

Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together into a medium bowl. Beat the butter in the bowl of stand mixer with the paddle attachment on high speed until smooth, about 1 minute. (you can also use a handheld mixer fitted with beaters) Gradually add the sugar and continue beating, scraping the sides of the bowl often with a spatula, until the mixture is very light in color and texture, about 5 minutes. Beat in the lemon zest and vanilla. Gradually beat in the eggs, then the milk. Reduce the mixer speed to low. In thirds, add the flour, alternating with two additions of the sour cream, scraping the sides of the bowl and briefly after each addition. Do not overbeat. Fold in banana slices.

Using a 2 1/2 inch diameter ice cream scoop, portion the batter, rounded side up, into the prepared muffin cups. Generously sprinkle the tops with streusel.

Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees and bake until the muffin tops are golden brown, about 15 minutes more. Or until a a wire cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin comes out clean.

Cool in pan for 10 minutes, if removed too soon muffins can collapse. Remove the muffins from pan and cool completely.




::: giveaway now closed :::

And now to the giveaway... A few days ago, someone in my family, again not naming names, said I was The Grinch during the holidays. I really try not to be but working for 2 big retail chains for years soured me on Christmas... not that that should be any excuse. So this year, I already put up the decorations and bought a tree. I also decided to get me and maybe you into the holiday spirit. During the next few weeks I will be doing some giveaways on evil chef mom. Some will be sponsored  and other will be out of my own pocket because I really enjoy whatever I am giving away and maybe you might enjoy it too. So take that you Grinch accuser you!

Today, I am giving away Sarabeth's Bakery From My Hands To Yours Cookbook. I am in love with this cookbook. The book is lovely, big, and thick... with gorgeous photography. Recipes ranging from croissants to pies, cakes, and ice cream. Lots of useful tips and so far not a bad recipe in the bunch. Leave a comment either here or on facebook (no, you do not have to become a fan to be entered) I will let the Random Number Generator pick a number and on Wednesday December 1st, I will post a winner.



41 comments:

StephanieSells said...

Last thing i need is another cookbook...but I wnat this one!!!!

Stephanie

Katie said...

Good lord I want one of those right now. Ew, how am I not stuffed from Thanksgiving.

amweeks said...

Sounds like a cookbook I would love! (and the banana streusel muffins recipe looks great...can't wait to try it out...thanks!)

garden said...

But the Grinch has a beautiful heart, I love him! The giveaways are a great way to get in the holiday spirit, though.

garden said...

But the Grinch has a beautiful heart, I love him! The giveaways are a great way to get in the holiday spirit, though.

Jessie said...

Those muffins look truly awesome!

I am not a Grinch, but this year I feel I have no energy for the holidays coming up (1st trimester fatigue and sickness). Hope I pop out of it soon!

The cookbook looks awesome too!

Kate said...

That cookbook looks sooo good. I would love to win it!

Dawn Richards said...

If you like it, I'd love to own it! Thanks for the contest.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for a chance... I would love to have this cookbook... I really do love your website... it always puts a smile on my face.....

Thanks and Merry Christmas


Brigitte

Michael said...

The muffins and the cookbook look fantastic!

I'm Cassie.... said...

Sweet! I love ECM so I know I would love that cookbook!

Valerie said...

Ooh, I need all the help I can get in the baking department!

Cardboard Hour said...

I'd love a copy of this cookbook!!

suburban prep said...

The banana streusel looks so wonderfully delicious.
msgb245 at gmail dot com

Amanda said...

I love looking a cook books! Congrats on getting up your decorations already!

Poetry Passion Pastry said...

Scrumptious recipe! Thanks for a chance at the giveaway.

Janelle said...

This sounds great

Mary said...

So hey, yeah...

Cool blog. I like how you're so relaxed in your writing. Check mine out, I'm the same way.

And BTW, if you've got an extra cookbook taking up space in your kitchen, I'll be happy to take it off your hands, no problem.

tamilyn said...

Streusel, it is all about the streusel. I'll just take a bowl of that thankyouverymuch!

Grinch-yeah, I've been called worse....

Kim said...

We can never have enough cookbooks, can we?

This one does look interesting.

Barbara said...

Please pick me: I love this book!!!

Anonymous said...

I could really use this cookbook (not one that just sits on my shelf gathering dust)!

Julie

Julie Urbano said...

Oops. I forgot to sign in. That's me above (as Anonymous). Still want to win the cookbook.

Julie

Sayschnicklefritz said...

This is the least Grinchy post ever!

Anonymous said...

I've been eyeballing that cookbook on Amazon...it's on my "wish" list.

Lee in KY

ali darling said...

everyone thinks i'm crazy for wanting to make bacon magic bars. crazy i will be until they taste em.
<3

Jay said...

These banana streusel muffins look so yummy I want to lick my screen. Thanks for sharing. Cookbook sounds great.

Kristin @ Going Country said...

I have this wonderful image in my mind of you sitting around with a Sad Face on after the muffins are all gone and then . . . wait! STREUSEL CRUMBS! Happy Face!

That was funny.

CabinGirl said...

This books looks beautiful and the recipe on Amazon just lovely.

lisabella said...

Would love that cookbook!

Michelle said...

Thank you for the opportunity!

An Out of Town Mom said...

Looks fantastic! That cookbook would be awesome!

Abigail said...

Love cookbooks! And giveaways!

Alicia said...

Who doesn't love a giveaway? Count me in. C'mon random number generator!

Sarah Y said...

OMG, these look delicious! And naturally I would absolutely love, love this cookbook!:)

Anonymous said...

I havent heard of this book before, sounds interesting!

Puppydogs

me again said...

I think .... no, I KNOW .... I'm going to love those muffins. I am streusal topping kinda gal.

And the cookbook giveaway is awesome. But if you pick my name, just please pick another .... I've won from you before and I don't want to be greedy :-)

kl said...

Hope I'm not too late. Thanks for the chance, and I love your blog!

Anonymous said...

I saw this book in Barnes & Noble yesterday and drooled!

Lynn BB said...

I have more cookbooks than I know what to do with, but I need a baking book!

katie said...

just found your blog, these muffins look delicious. looking forward to exploring past entries!