Sunday, 7 March 2010

Banana Muffin and a great weekend

This week has been splendid.....lots of sunshine and everyday almost perfect blue sky. Still a little bit on the chilly side, but hey I can't complaint for this lovely weather, it has been a freaking cold winter. Even my spring bulb flowers had been delayed...... I started to see some coming out and some early flowering crocuses and iris make my day. :-)
Initially I intended to bake banana cake but somehow decided at the last minute to bake muffin instead, as I've no access to my laptop for banana cake recipes. Therefore I always fall back on my ole good muffin recipes book on the shelf.

Banana muffin
Ingredients (make 11-12 muffins)
  • 280 gm plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp soda bicarbonate
  • pinch of salt
  • 100 gm sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 3 ripen bananas (weighs around 1 pound)-mashed
  • 85 gm melted butter
  • 90 ml milk
  • 3 tbsp rolled oats
  • a handful of chopped walnut (optional)
  1. Seive the flour, baking powder and soda bicarbonate into a mixing bowl. Add in the sugar.
  2. Preheat oven to 190C-200C.
  3. In another bowl, mix bananas, butter, milk and rolled oat. Pour this mixture into (1)
  4. Lightly beat the egg and mix to (1). Add in essence vanilla and drop in chopped walnut.
  5. Mixed well all the ingredients. Scoop into muffin cups or muffin trays. I use silicon muffin cup (they're brilliant).
  6. Bake for 20-25minutes till golden brown, or when you poke the middle of muffin with knife they come out clean.
  7. You can decorate muffin with glazed banana.
I'm enjoying my muffins with friends on lovely Sunday morning.

I also took some pictures of my early flowering spring bulbs. I'm intrigued whether I could produce saffron from the stamen of my lovely crocuses. :-)

White and lilac crocus
Iris reticulata
Purple Crocus


Algernond said...

Heh. Didn't realise your Iris flowering already.... mine showing no signs at all yet!

Think your yield of Saffron may be extremely low from he crocuses....

Christine Toh said...


You're most welcome to help me harvest my crocus stamen.