I have no idea what to post about.
I did sometime earlier in the day but with all the craziness I totally forgot and now I’m simply empty minded. All I know is I have a recipe; I have a completely fried brain but at least I have a recipe; that’s not fried.
It’s been a little while since I’ve posted a recipe so I figured it was about time to add another one, a sweet one; a high carb one; one that is truly a dessert but comes wrapped guiltlessly in a healthy little name like “muffin”. I won’t try to alter the backwards thinking, I believe a little self indulgence or misguidance isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Especially when life gets stressful, crazy, bogs you down or even those times it just seems plain rotten.
Is life complicated because it’s difficult or is it difficult because it’s complicated?
Do we make life complicated or is it just the way it is?
I think it’s a little of all three. What’s nice about life is we can choose how to react to it’s complicated difficulties. We have the power to determine exactly how those unforseen twists, turns and occasional sink holes impact us. Granted some are worse than others; the death of a loved one hardly balances on the scales with a busted high heel. What matters is, how much will we let the weight of each get us down and for how long?
I try very hard not to let all the little things “bug” me ya know, especially those things I have no control over; getting stuck in traffic or a torrential downpour; spilling a dozen eggs all over the floor. I’m not saying at times these sorts of things don’t bother me but when I can, I try to keep them in perspective. Of course one can always check the traffic report before heading out or the weather report for that matter. As for the eggs, there are plenty of chickens, they make more.
Do you let the little stuff get under your skin or are you the kind of person that just takes things in stride? How do you handle the big things? Do you find a way of moving forward or do you get stuck holding on to yesterdays sunshine?
I think when life gets difficult you should cook or paint or go paint-balling (shooting someone with bright pink and green harmless balls of paint can be great therapy, you should try it.) I like to cook but then I like to cook even when life isn’t complicated or difficult. When it is though I like to cook things sweet. I find them therapeutic.
Life’s been crazy lately and yes I’d have to say a wee bit difficult so when Mr. Sweet Butter wanted banana muffins I thought it would be even more fun and therapeutic to expand on that idea. It started out with several incarnations and morphologies but in the end it was simple, sweet, and well, just right.
Bananas muffins with strawberries and chocolate. It reminded me of an ice cream sundae so that’s what I decided to name it, “Banana Sundae Muffins”.
I started with the go-to banana cake recipe David Lebovitz prefers and played with it a bit. I never know if my mad experimentations are going to work out but so far I’ve been pretty lucky. His Banana Bread recipe is simply wonderful and I highly recommend it. I found it pretty simple to tinker with, without losing it’s wonderful moist quality.
Just in case I made a lot of them, a whole double batch of them, just in case. Today I ate three of them. Hey it’s therapy remember? Oh yeah and a muffin. (wink).
I hope when life gets difficult or complicated or when the little things get you down you don’t let them keep you there. If they do take it from me….
Make Muffins or Cake. They really are the same thing.
- 1 Cup All purpose flour
- ¾ Cup Cake flour
- ¼ Almond flour
- (you can use 2 Cups of AP or other flour if you have it)
- 2 Tsp. Baking Powder
- 1 Tsp. Baking soda
- 1 Tsp. Salt
- 1 Tsp Ground cinnamon
- ½ Tsp. Nutmeg
- ½ Tsp. Vanilla powder
- 1½ Cups. Sugar
- 4 Tbs. Butter, melted
- 2 Egg whites
- 2 Larges eggs at room temperature
- 2 Cups Medium Bananas, mashed or pureed
- 1 Cup Heavy whipping cream, whipped to soft peak stage
- 1 Tsp. Vanilla
- ½ Cup Chocolate chips
- 1 Cup Strawberries, cut into ½ inch cubes
- Butter a 9 x 13 or two 9 x 9 cake pans or line muffin tins with liners
- In a large bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices together with a dry whisk.
- Add sugar and whisk again. Set bowl aside.
- In a separate bowl, combine the butter, egg white, egg, banana, whipped cream & vanilla.
- Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the wet ingredients.
- With a rubber spatula or spoon fold the ingredients together until not completely mixed together. Add the strawberries and chocolate chips, gently folding in until all ingredients are combined. Do not over mix, batter may be lumpy, it's ok.
- Pour mixture into prepared pans (for muffins fill to just below the rim for nice full tops that don't overflow)
- Optionally muffin tops liberally with a combination of fine sugar and large crystal sugar.
- Bake for 35-40 mins or until knife inserted comes out clean.