Have you ever had the joy of acheiving that you had dreamt for a long time? I read here that the ‘user experience pleasures’ are of thirteen types and I experienced today two such types of pleasures – triumphant (The joy you experience when you win ) and accomplished (The joy you get by accomplishing or acheiving something).
I had been dreaming of baking muffins from scratch for a long time and this show on Food network TV made my dream come true. I modified a little in the sweetener and added almonds on top so as to pack it easily for my daughter’s lunch, but it didn’t last that long.
I was so enthusiaistic to post this earlier than the dishes in my ‘waiting list’ but then Maheswari of ‘Beyond the usual’ has started hosting a new blog event called AFAM (A Fruit A Month) giving me better reason to post it immediately. Maheswari has chosen the fabulous banana for this month which is said to be one of the mukkani (meaning three fruits in tamil. Banana, Mango and jackfruit are the three fruits served in a traditional festival meal in Tamil Nadu and so called mukkani in short). So, here is my entry for the fruit mela !
All purpose flour- 3 cups
Baking soda – 1 tsp
Salt – 1 tsp
Baking powder – 1/2 tsp
Ground cinnamon -1/2 tsp
Ground nutmeg – 1/2 tsp
Mix in these dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Sugar -1 cup
Honey- 1 cup
Vegetable oil -1 cup
Large eggs – 3 number
Vanilla extract – 1 tbsp
Peeled and coarsely mashed ripe bananas- 4 number
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Beat the sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla extract in a large bowl to blend. Stir in the banana. Add the dry ingredients and stir just until blended. Pour the batter in the greased muffin cups to 3/4th of the height. Sprinkle chopped almonds on top. Bake the muffins on the middle rack for about 25 minutes. Test for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the centre of a muffin. It should come out without any crumbles .
Enjoy the warm banana muffins!