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Carrot and Pineapple Muffins

4 Oct

Wasn’t last weekend just delightful! When recounting the activities I had engaged in over the long weekend someone pointed out to me that most of them seemed to revolve around food. I can assure you that isn’t true. My activities don’t revolve around food it is just that food accompanies all of my activities. Saturday saw the grand final which meant that layered nacho dip was the order of the day with champagne, the drink of choice in victory or defeat. Go swans!

Sunday saw a visit to the Opera house followed by a wagyu beef burger and cocktails. So you see it is not that I only do food related activities, rather that all activities are simply better when accompanied by food.

Healthy and tasty bite sized morsels

I went to bed on Monday night after the cheese and olive platter I had indulged in for dinner, feeling like my gluttonous weekend had finally caught up with me. After such an indulgent weekend one feels that they should subsist on carrot sticks and fruit to make up for the excesses. I turned those very things in to a muffin, so I don’t feel like I am denying myself at all. Instead it is like a mini moist carrot cake with none of the guilt and all of the flavour.

Carrot and Pineapple Wholemeal Muffins

Makes 12 mini muffins

Adapted from Best Recipes

 

  • ¾ cup of plain wholemeal flour
  • ¼ cup of plain white flour
  • ½ tsp of bicarbonate soda
  • 1 tsp of baking pwder
  • 2/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 large carrot grated
  • ¾ cup of crushed pineapple drained
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp of rice bran/ other neutral tasting oil
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of mixed spice

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees

2. Put flours and sugar in a bowl and mix to combine

3. Add the carrots pineapple and spice to bowl and mix to combine

4. Make a well in the centre and put oil and both eggs in the well and then mix until just combined

5. Spoon into patty cases and bake in the oven for 180 degrees for 10 mins.

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Denial vs Delight: Banana and Nutella Muffins

29 Oct

Hallelujah bananas are reasonably priced and readily available again! Given the natural disasters throughout Australia this year there has been a bit of a banana shortage. When the price of a single banana surpasses the price of a single cupcake, it becomes very easy to convince yourself that cupcakes are the good option and fruit merely a less desirable luxury. Not that I required much convincing.

I found the banana shortage had the same effect on me that diets do. Whenever I try to diet I become obsessed with certain foods, usually those I feel I am being unfairly denied. I remember going on The Cabbage Soup diet when I was a teenager. The diet left me permanently starved and completely obsessed with food at the same time. One night after eating my cabbage soup, without even a bread roll to keep my appetite comforted, I went to watch TV in the hope it would take my mind off the unbearable hunger pains. Never before had I noticed how many food ads there were on TV. Suddenly food I usually wouldn’t touch, became the epitome of palate satisfying pleasure.  I remember that while on that diet my craving for carbs, chocolate and cheese became entirely overwhelming and psychologically intrusive. I think I only lasted a couple of weeks before I cracked and consumed my own body weight in chocolate bars and brie. The psychological scars of that level of denial will probably last a life time. 😉

While not usually immediately drawn to banana recipes, I found myself during the banana shortage stumbling upon recipes using bananas at every turn. At the same time I was also craving the banana creations I had made in the past. Just like the food ads on TV during those horrendous food deprived days, bananas seemed to be everywhere! Given the decrease in the cost of bananas and a pregnant friend imploring me to bake some more goodies for the sake of her unborn child, I decided to make an old favourite with a bit of a twist.  The muffin recipe is from How to be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson, which is my baking go to guide and encyclopaedia. I have made some slight changes, to give a lighter texture. I added the Nutella because chocolate to me is always a welcome addition to any baked delight and in this molten form, it is also a little surprise for the eater.

Have you ever been on a strict diet? Did you stick to it?

Molten Chocolate centres

 

Banana Muffins

Inspired by Nigella Lawson

9 Muffins

  • 60g unsalted butter
  • 3 heaped tablespoons clear, runny honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 2 large, very ripe bananas
  • 150g plain flour
  • 1 heaped teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp of milk
  • Nutella

1. Melt butter, honey and vanilla essence in a pan over the stove.

2. Sift flour bi carb and baking powder into a large bowl. Add cinnamon and salt.

3. Mash bananas in a separate bowl

4. Add melted butter mixture to bananas

5. Add the banana and butter mixture to the flour with the two tablespoons of milk.

6. Mix until just combined.

7. put 1 spoon of mixture into muffin cases and then put in 3/4 tsp of Nutella into each muffin case and top with more muffin mix.

8. Bake for 20 mins or until golden and skewer comes out clean.

Baked Loveliness

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