Banana Crumb Muffins

March 4, 2009 at 12:28 am | Posted in Banana, Breakfast, Muffins | 4 Comments

Yes, I’m still alive!!!  My life has been very busy lately and I just haven’t been in the mood to blog but I’m coming back around.  🙂  I updated my other blog Musings of a Military Sister last night – check it out if you get a chance.  My brother left for Iraq this past weekend.  Maybe baking and cooking will keep my mind off of it?!  🙂 

I made these muffins awhile ago now, but they were so good that I think I’ve made them three times now!  My coworkers loved them and I think they are truly the best banana muffin/bread that I have ever eaten.  I love banana flavored stuff but sometimes you think things will be good but they are too dry or not flavorful enough or some other weird bad thing.  However, these are absolutely amazing!!!  I found them on allrecipes.com when I needed to use up some bananas that were definitely past prime for an addition to my morning cereal.  🙂

Ingredients (makes about 10-11 muffins)

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease 10 muffin cups, or line with muffin papers.
    2. In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
    3. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and cinnamon. Cut in 1 tablespoon butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle topping over muffins.
    4. Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

    Mrs. Pig Rating:  These are absolutely my favorite muffin ever.  And my favorite banana dessert/food of any kind.  I will make these again and again.  And they are pretty enough to take to a party or something if you need a breakfast!

    Pumpkin Mufcakes with Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting

    November 17, 2008 at 12:27 am | Posted in bread, Cupcakes, Dessert, Muffins, Pumpkin | 1 Comment

    Mufcakes is a word I just made up.  Don’t you like it?  It was either that or cuffins.  I liked mufcakes much better.  You see, the reason I am calling these mufcakes is because I actually  used a muffin/bread recipe to make these, but I put icing on them so I’m not sure they were really a muffin anymore…?  I’m overthinking this.  🙂  Sheridan and I made these last weekend to take to my parents and my grandparents and we had a good time making them as always. 

    I used this pumpkin bread recipe for the muffins and this icing recipe for the homemade vanilla bean cream cheese icing.  I figured it would turn out okay and boy was I right! 

    This is a yummy fall recipe to make – it makes about 32-ish mufcakes.  I remembered I needed to take a picture after I had already taken a bite out of the last one so excuse the picture  🙂

    Mrs. Pig Rating:  The combination of the most amazing pumpkin bread recipe ever and this to die for frosting made these SO FREAKING GOOD.  I definitely will be making these every year now.

    Mrs. Pig Co-Worker Rating:  One of my co-workers said these were right up there with the apple spice cookie bars and those are her favorite thing ever so that was a great compliment!

    Best Pumpkin Bread Ever

    October 7, 2008 at 2:06 pm | Posted in bread, Muffins, Pumpkin | 10 Comments

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.  I LOVE LOVE fall baking.  I love apple and pumpkin things the most.  I have been wanting to find a really good pumpkin bread recipe and I found this one on allrecipes.com and had great reviews so I gave it a shot.  This recipe as it reads makes enough for a normal size loaf of bread as well as about 12 muffins.  This was perfect timing because my best friend had her wedding this past weekend so I took the muffins for our getting ready Saturday morning breakfast. 

    Recipe from www.allrecipes.com; picture from my kitchen

    Ingredients

    • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
    • 4 eggs
    • 1 cup vegetable oil
    • 2/3 cup water
    • 3 cups white sugar
    • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 7×3 inch loaf pans.
    2. In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans.
    3. Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

    Mrs. Pig Rating:  This is THE best pumpkin bread I have ever made.  It is so moist you will not believe it.  And it tastes so good in muffin form.  Make this recipe – you will NOT be disappointed!!!!

    Mrs. Pig Co-Worker’s Rating:  My co-workers really liked this one as well.  They kept talking about how moist it was.  : ) 

    January SBGEX – Part Two (Kat Graz RULES!!!)

    February 19, 2008 at 1:34 am | Posted in Breakfast, Muffins, SBGEX | 6 Comments

    Yes, I totally just sounded like my brother who is in high school – but she DOES rule!  What an awesome SB! 

    As all of you faithful readers saw, Kat Graz was my January baker in the SBGEX – and she sent me a New York cheesecake!  And as she promised, there was more to come.  More!  Can you believe it?!  🙂 

     Last week we had a terrible ice storm – but yes, the Fed Ex man backed right up to my front door and delivered my box of goodies to me. : )  Thank you Mr. Fed Ex man!  I was so excited – Kat made THE most amazing banana muffins.  They were mini muffins (so perfect for me to take to work for breakfast) AND she made them healthy.  As I’ve mentioned, she is a personal trainer and a nutritionist – so I couldn’t quite believe the cheesecake (ha!) but she says this was to make up for that!  (For the recipes, click here)  She made them even healthier than what her recipe reads on her blog – ask her if you want to know her “secret” ingredients!  I would have never guessed!

    As if the muffins were not enough, there was an additional gift!  Background – I eat pretty healthy most of the time despite some “cheat”recipes that I put on my blog.  : )  I faithfully eat a bowl of Kashi cereal with fruit every morning for breakfast (1 of my 5 meals a day).  Kat owns a gym – gyms get samples.  SO, she sent me a ton of Kashi cereal samples!!!!!  Seriously – could she get any cooler?! 

    Anyway, thank you so much Kat for your thoughtfulness and sending some amazing things to me!!  I can’t wait to see you in Chicago in April – on your birthday nonetheless!  : )

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