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Banana & Chocolate Chip Muffins

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When I was baking the Mini Quiches I realised that I had some bananas hanging around that had seen better days.  I only really like eating bananas raw when they are still quite green and under ripe (I know they’re harder to digest that way, don’t nag!) so it was either throw them away or use them up in some devastatingly imaginative way.  I hate wasting food, so, with a quick root around the cupboards and a bit of Googling, the decision was taken to bake some banana muffins.

This is the recipe I used:

From Allrecipes.co.uk but I halved the quantities and chucked a few dark choc chips in because I felt like it!

Ingredients – Makes 6

100g plain flour

1 tsp baking powder (I didn’t have any bicarbonate of soda so I increased this and it seemed to work)

Pinch salt

2 small bananas, mashed

75g caster sugar

1 small egg (you might need an extra spoon of flour if the mixture feels too ‘wet’)

35g butter, melted

50g dark chocolate chips

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius / Gas Mark 4.  Place 6 paper cases in a muffin tin.  I only had boring white ones but I think dark brown ones would look gorgeous 😉

2. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt; put to one side.

3. Mash the bananas and, if you’re like me, try not to hurl at the sight/smell of overly ripe sweetness as these WILL be yummy, I promise.  Combine this gooey mess with your sugar (which I also like to sift), egg and melted butter.  Fold in the flour mixture (I also sift this again) and mix together to get a smooth batter.  It should look something like this:

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Doesn't look that appetising, does it?

4. Eat a few of the chocolate chips.  Eat a few more.  Top them back up to the required 50g and sprinkle over the muffin batter, like this:

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Ah, that's better! Dark chocolate chips make everything better.

5. Stir the chocolate chips in and spoon the mixture evenly between the paper cases.

6. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until they are golden brown on the top and spring back when lightly tapped.

7. Cool on a wire rack then eat, remembering to save some for the next day’s packed lunches!

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OmnomnomnomNOM

Little Man’s 3rd Birthday Party

This post is well overdue but nevertheless, I didn’t want to not post it; better late than never and all that!

I won’t say too much as, after all, it was a birthday BBQ, so all the usual things happened.  All I will say is that Big Man and I put a lot of time, effort and love into the preparation for the party (with a lot of help from grandparents too, especially my Mum!) and we were so pleased that everyone had a great time.  All the hours we put into it were totally worth it to see our Little Man having such an amazing time surrounded by his friends and family who all seemed to be enjoying themselves too.

There were only two things that disappointed me slightly.  One was that it wasn’t warm enough to put the big paddling pool out for all the children (although we were very lucky it stayed dry as it had rained pretty much every day leading up to it!) and the other was his cake.  Time got away from me and it ended up being a bit of a late-night rush job so wasn’t up to my usual standard, which really riled me!

Anyway, that’s enough from me; have a look at a handful of photos and thank you for reading!