Monday, April 30

Banana Coffee Chocolate Chip Muffins

That's quite a mouthful, eh?

I had some browning bananas to work with and I've already made my Banana Cupcakes quite a few times and needed something new to try.  I knew bananas and chocolate went well together and I knew chocolate and coffee went well together...but how about a combo of the two?  I knew the flavors were there, but had no idea if these would rise and dome like a muffin.  What a nerve wracking 20 minutes this was!

So, here it is...the cake is a bit denser which is why I call it a muffin (and it has no frosting, so I would never label it a cupcake unlike my friend, Jennifer Foo)

*my pictures aren't always the best and my kitchen is always a mess when I bake*

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins     makes 12-14

  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 average sized mashed ripe bananas (3 if large)
  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk (google on how to make the homemade version, if needed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 teaspoons very strong coffee, cooled (I used instant espresso)
Chocolate Chip Topping
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar 
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • (optional: nuts, coconut, oats, etc, etc)

 Preheat oven to 350.  Line muffin tin with paper liners, this recipe makes 12-14 muffins.  People always say to do this first, I always do it last. :)

Mix butter, sugar (white), and egg until fluffy.

Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt.  Mix until just combined, it will look a bit lumpy.

Add mashed bananas, vanilla, buttermilk and coffee.  Mix until well combined.  Batter should resemble cake batter.  The amount of coffee really depends on the flavor you want, start with 3 teaspoons and taste, add more or less, whatever you like.

Scoop batter about 3/4 full in each liner.  You want to leave room for the topping.

Spoon a heaping tablespoon of chip mixture on top of each muffin.  Add more or less, however you like it.  Feed the leftover topping to child, send child to grammy's for the day.

Bake for 20-25 minutes.

I really was worried about how these would rise.  Not the highest domes, but pretty good.  A tip from my friend Paula Deen, spray the top of your muffin pan with nonstick spray, this will make it easier to remove your muffins from the overflow, rather then fight and chisel with the melted sugar.  (of course, I forgot to do this...these pans should take me a week to clean)

I was going to add a coffee drizzle (espresso and powdered sugar) on the cooled muffin but ran out of sugar.

Cool and enjoy! No really, let them cool and harden a bit.(the crumbs on the plate are really bugging my OCD, heh)

 I also listed it as an Instructable, everyone should check out that site!

Tuesday, April 17

A quick post

I forgot to add what I made for Easter :)

Chocolate cake with Godiva liqueur buttercream

And the usual favorite, Vanilla with Vanilla buttercream