29 April 2008

Paula Deen's Banana Coffee Muffins

Wow. I really like these muffins. I don't even have a creative way to begin this post or tie it into my life. Basically I had some rotting bananas in my refrigerator and the rest is history. I went to FoodTV's website to search for Banana Bread recipes - I ended up with a Banana Muffin recipe by Paula Deen. I haven't unpacked my bags from this weekend yet (why, yes, I am lazy!) so my camera is M.I.A. Paula Deen's picture is probably prettier than mine would be anyway.

By the way - have you ever seen a Paula Deen recipe with less than a full stick of butter in it?! I was shocked by how "light" these muffins are. I do think that the muffins would be equally tasty if made with oil if you are watching dairy/fat. I made no changes to the original recipe posted below (another shock since I always modify something!).

Michael's Banana Coffee Muffins by Paula Deen

1/3 cup melted butter
4 ripe bananas, smashed
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 tablespoons strong coffee
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch salt
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted or raw

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease a 12 cup capacity muffin tin or use paper liners.

With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, coffee and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour, mix until it is just incorporated. Fold in the chopped pecans. Pour mixture into a prepared muffin tin. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes. Cool on a rack.

*Cook's note: To check to see if the muffins are done; with a toothpick insert into the center of a muffin, if it comes out clean, it's done.


LisaRene said...

As soon as I saw "Paula Deen" in the title of this post I immediately thought butter and sugar and lots of it :)

Glad they were a success! I bet your dogs are glad you have returned home :)

Jessy and her dog Winnie said...

Banana muffins are a great way to use up old bananas. Love your dogs too, they are so cute!

RecipeGirl said...

Can you taste the coffee much? It's an interesting combo.

Josie said...

Lisa Rene- I was SHOCKED at how "healthy" these muffins were for Paula Deen :) Maybe she isn't secretly trying to kill all of us with butter... ;)

Jessy- Thank you so much for stopping by! Your pup is adorable too... my sister has a german shepherd... they are such sweet dogs

Lori- the coffee flavor is not strong - I am not sure if that is a good or bad thing from my point of view. I used instant espresso powder to brew my "left over strong coffee" since I don't make coffee at home ever. I wonder how these would be if you added some espresso/coffee granules. Maybe worth a try if you want a stronger coffee flavor? (By the way, a woman I work with HATES coffee, and she loved these muffins if it helps you to judge - previously she has rejected cookies I made with a mocha flavor, so she is pretty sensitive to the flavor.)