Just to give you all a feel for what I
put up with enjoy in my everyday life, I offer you a post by The Grillmaster.
Okay, listen up. There are two things you need to make this recipe: attitude and ingredients. First, find a banana muffin recipe, or banana bread recipe. Next plan on making 1-1/2 times whatever they call for to do whatever they claim it will do. In this case I took a banana bread recipe and multiplied by 1.5 for 12 muffins.
Next get everything out that the recipe calls for. This is called “mis en place,” which means get the stuff out, measure it and prepare it. So if the recipe calls for chopped onion, you need to chop the onion. If it calls for a cup of flour, you should have it measured and ready to use.
The recipe calls for one egg, but I have three yolks left over from something else (probably Brownie Pancakes) so I’ll use those plus an egg. It’s important to rationalize.
This isn’t in the recipe but very important – coffee. Coffee has caffeine. Caffeine is considered a drug. If the recipe turns out badly you can RATIONALIZE that it’s not your fault because you were drugged.
Here’s a trick I use to make sure I only use every ingredient only once. After I use it, I place it on another counter, away from the ingredients I haven’t used. In this case I’ve just added the baking powder; it’s over next to my coffee. Whatever you do don’t put it down on the counter by the baking soda. Once, you add white powder you’ll have no idea which one you put in. Also, check the recipe twice on the baking powder/baking soda measurements. It’s easy to get confused.
Use a whisk to mix the ingredients. It will make you feel very professional and give you confidence that you know what you are doing.
Most of these recipes have you mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and wet in another. You add sugar in with the wet ingredients, not the dry. Why? You need to develop a good reason for this, like: “This is the way my grandmother did it.”
As more ingredients join the coffee mug, you will no longer be able to see the coffee in the mug. There’s a reason for this.
This recipe calls for mashed bananas. I always try a new way to do this because I’m searching for the ultimate method. Here I’m trying the slotted salad spoon.
I’m going to make three different kinds of muffins: pineapple, dates, and apricots. I need to chop the dates and the apricots. I hate it when the cutting board moves around, so I use silicone pot holders under the cutting board to keep it still. Other folks use wet paper towels.
I sprinkle flour on the dates and apricots so they don’t clump together.
Add smooshed bananas, pour into dry mixture and mix together until no dryness is seen.
I spooned 1/3 of the mixture into a separate bowl and added one of the three fruits to the mixture and then spooned it into four muffins cups. The muffin tin had been sprayed with cooking spray and floured. Then I did the same with the other two fruits.
I put the muffins in the oven. This oven is set to 350°F because that’s what my recipe called for. I think having it hotter would have been better. Typically I check the muffins after 15 to 18 minutes.
The muffins were finally done after a total of 26 minutes. I bumped up the temperature to 425°F for the last few minutes to try and brown the muffins a bit more. By putting the different types of muffins in a line I know that if I take one from each line I’ll have one of each type. Brilliant, huh?