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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Banana Nut "Jumbo" (Heart-Shaped) Muffins

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For BM7, I have chosen the theme "Cooking From Books". Like any other food blogger I am a cook-book hoarder. I have 100+ books that I have collected over a decade. Whenever I am upset I flip the pages of a cookbook. They are an instant moodlifter. How about you? ?
Coming to this recipe - Recipe adapted from "Gifts from the Kitchen(ISBN: 978-1-4075-7901-6)". When I used to work in NYC, I always used to grab big fat muffins from Guy and Gallard, Starbucks and other small cafes. I always felt they are more like my kinda muffins because of their size- they are very filling and it kept me going until lunch without any hunger pangs.
About a month ago when I went to Costco to pickup my usual stuff, I saw a guy loading up big trays of Jumbo muffins. I thought to myself, why don't I ever make those at home. Hmm, why is that? Could it be because I don't have a Jumbo Muffin Pan. Perhaps. The next logical thought in my mind was if ramekins would do double-duty as muffin makers.??!!??? The following day, I was putting my thought into action. Some 30-minutes later, Voila`: Moist,sweet and nutty Jumbo Muffins ready to savored.

Ingredients(For 9 "Standard" Muffins or 3 "Jumbo" Muffins):
  • 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Over-ripe Bananas, roughly smashed
  • 1/3 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Toasted Chopped Walnuts
  • 1 Egg, at room temperature
  • 1/4 Cup Butter, melted or 1/4 Cup Yogurt ( I used Butter this time)
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
Tool:
  • 7 oz/0.21 liter capacity Heart-shaped Fluted Oven-safe Muffins
    Procedure:
    • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
    • Sift Flour, baking soda and salt in another bowl.
    • Cream eggs, sugar, vanilla extract together in another wide bowl. 
    • Add the melted butter and olive oil and combine with an electric mixer.Add the roughly smashed bananas to the wet ingredients.
    • Transfer the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.Mix only till combined.
    • Add the toasted walnuts and mix gently.
    • Divide the batter evenly among the ramekins.
    • Bake for 25 minutes at 375 degrees F. Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees F and bake for 5-7 minutes till the tops are browned.
    • Cool the jumbo muffins for 10 minutes before enjoying it with a dollop of butter/jely and a steaming cup of Black Coffee/Tea.
    Makes 3 "Jumbo" Muffins or 9 "standard" muffins.

    Enjoy!
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    33 comments:

    1. Great theme you have chosen and good that you used ramekins to a diff use!! Now we will get to see some healthier baking recipes> BTW did u feel a diff in the texture or taste by replacing butter to olive oil?

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    2. OMG!!! those ramekins look so cute!!! Muffins too look yummy!!!!

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    3. Bookmarked...got some over bananas ,will definetly try after get over ripe.

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    4. Yummy muffins. Love the addition of bananas!

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    5. Delicious looking muffins....loved the shape..

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    6. Wow! this looks absolutely delicious and soft muffin...

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    7. Wowww.. looks soo cute and perfect.. thanks for the recipe :)
      Indian Cuisine

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    8. the bigger the better when it comes to muffins this good!

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    9. Great idea to use ramekins as muffin-makers. Those jumbo muffins look awesome.

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    10. I like how you have baked them in the heart shape. Sounds delicious! Our bananas are too expensive to buy here because a lot of crops were lost in recent flooding. And I have seen so many great recipes with bananas in them lately.

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    11. heart shape ramkins are so pretty and 100+ book oh my....cook books are my bed time story books for most of the days! and muffins looks great!

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    12. Same pinch!! I read cookbooks like novels. I love to browse thro my collection often. Muffins look gorgeous. Love the texture...

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    13. Love the shape of these muffins. they have come out perfect for you.

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    14. Nice ones.I didn't know you are doing BM this time.I don't even know how many cook/baking books I have.

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    15. And yaa good theme... I use the cookbooks to cheer me up too... i wished i cooked more often from them...

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    16. @TasteJunction: Well because I didn't completely skip the butter I didn't see much difference. The end result was moist and fabulous! Next time though I am planning on skipping the butter all-together and use Yogurt and Olive Oil. :)

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    17. @Jane: Sorry to hear about the flooding! I hope you get your hands on some bananas soon. Bananas in bakes are fab!

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    18. @Champa: Yes, I like BM and the fun of doing it alongside like-minded folks. :)

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    19. Hi CL.. How are you ?? HEy the muffins looks gorgeous like gourmet muffins.. absolutely beautiful texture.. wish I can grab one from the screen. so so tempted.

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    20. CL, welcome to another round of BM..Cooking from cookbook is so wonderful right...I was too confused on which one to take..anyway next time for me..these muffins look awesome, wish I read this last night, I threw away some very very overly ripe bananas..:(..those hearty ones are so cute I tell you!

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    21. Looks super good.. banana muffins are my fav too..

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    22. Wow looks so good and luv those heart shaped ramkeins

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    23. I'm a big fan of these jumbo nut muffins. Loved the heart shaped ramekins.

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    24. Aww..your muffins look adorable...lovely heart shape..
      Great recipe and clicks...
      Happy Blogging
      Rujuta
      http://theworldaccordingtorujuta.blogspot.com/

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