Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Not-so-boring Banana Muffins with Mascarpone Cream Frosting, from Giada Di Laurentiis

Before I talk about this recipe, let me address something that's missing here. The frosting. Where's the frosting?  It's not there, is it?  I actually like these muffins without the frosting, but I'll include the recipe.

I am on a quest to cut back on my grocery shopping budget. I'm feeling some fun in that challenge, so I spent a lot of time in my kitchen on Sunday. I had three ripe bananas that I wasn't going to throw away. Usually I freeze them, to make fruit smoothies. But, my freezer already has an arsenal of frozen bananas... I wanted to make a banana pudding, but every recipe required vanilla wafers. I don't like vanilla wafers! Sorry.

I don't, particularly, like banana bread. I think it's boring-- unless it's slathered with cream cheese and fresh strawberries. I decided to make my tried-and-true recipe for banana muffins, from from Giada De Laurentiis (Food Network), and I have to say that it's moist and very good. The frosting sounds delicious, but I have a confession to make. Shhhhh-- I have never made the frosting! Truthfully, I find that the muffins are sweet enough and that I didn't need the frosting.

These come together really fast. I also experimenting with my potato ricer. I wondered if smashing the bananas would be easier this way... know what? I think it did!

I whisked together the flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg:

Then got the wet ingredients together:
Combined the dry to the wet:

...and then realized...WHOOPS, I forgot to add the banana puree!

Just stir till combined, but don't overwork it!

If you look in the background, you can see another batch baking in my oven.

The cinnamon and nutmeg give such a wonderful aroma. I have, yet, to make the frosting. In fact, I almost dusted these with powdered sugar...but, the men ate these with relish.

Reheated for 20 seconds, with a hot cup of coffee, these make a nice morning snack.

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Donna-FFW said...

I LOVE to bake with bananas .. I am glad you pointed this one out.. I am a sweet fiend so I may make with the frosting;)

Irene said...

These do look fantastic! I am very picky about banana bread, so I am still looking for "the" recipe. :)

Elyse said...

What a great way to jazz up a banana bread. Banana muffins with mascarpone cream frosting?! How fabulous. Nothing boring about this recipe! The muffins look moist and delicious!

Monica H said...

I'm not usually a fan of banana bread either until I tried a recipe from Dawn of Vanilla Sugar. It is unlike any other banana bread I have ever tried. In fact, it's the only one I have ever liked. I hope you make it and like it!

Here's the link:

And here's my family's favorite banana pudding recipe, that does not involve vanilla wafers. It uses shortbread cookies instead- yum!

Here's the link:

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A Feast for the Eyes said...

Donna, great to see you back in Blogosphere!

Irene, hope you find "the" recipe!

Elyse...love your enthusiasm!

Monica... thanks for the tips. I did see Dawn's recipe and bookmarked it.
Will DEFINITELY check out the banana pudding recipe with shortbread.

Kelvin-- thank you for leaving a comment. They mean a great deal to me. Would love to have you return to my Blog Kitchen anytime.

♥Rosie♥ said...

These little beauties look fantastic! I am always on the lookout for new banana recipes - thanks for sharing.

I have to try C.C.’s Chocolate Banana Cake too which I've had bookmarked to bake :0)

Cheryl said...

I love the idea of muffins, these sound amazing and I am making that potato leek soup next week!