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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Maple Banana Crunch Muffins

Tis the season for maple! The weather is warming up and the maple trees are treating us to our favorite sweets. The local sugar shacks of buzzing with activities and multiple products to offer. Depending on what your locals have to offer, you may be lucky enough to taste to just about anything, cooked in maple syrup; bacon, eggs and sausages. If you don't feel like eating all of these delicious items and to overdose on maple, you may want to give these moist and flavorful bundles of joy.

Maple Brown Sugar, given to me by friends

In this recipe for Banana muffins, I substituted the sugars with maple syrup and added a crumble topping to add in even more maple flavor to the muffin. Of course, if you want to keep it simple, you may discard the crumble and just make the muffin recipe.

Maple Banana Muffin
- 3/4 Cup Melted Butter
- 3/4 Cup Maple Syrup 
- 2 Eggs
- 3 Ripe Bananas, mashed
- 1 Tsp Vanilla
- 3/4 Cup Milk
- 3 Cups All Purpose Flour
- 1 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
- 1 Tsp Baking Powder
*Preheat your oven at 350F
1. In a large bowl, whisk together the butter, syrup, eggs, bananas, vanilla and milk. 
2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and baking powder. 
3. Incorporate the flour mixture into the wet mixture, and FOLD in the flour until just incorporated. It is important to not over mix the batter. Doing so will simply result in tough muffins. 
4. Fill 12 muffins molds at the 3/4 mark with the batter. At this point if you don't want the crumble, simply put the muffins in the oven for 30 minutes until the edges are a golden color. If you'd like to add the crumble, keep on reading. 

Maple Crumble 
- 1/4 Cup + 1 Tbsp Maple Sugar
- 1/4 Cup +1 Tbsp Granulated Sugar
- 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
- 1/4 Tsp Ground Ginger
- 1/4 Cup Butter, melted
- 1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
1. Combine the sugars, the spices and the melted butter in a medium sized bowl, mix well.
2. Sift the flour in the bowl and stir slowly with a wooden spoon. You may finish mixing the crumble with your hands to obtain a light and airy crumble, just to bring it together. 
3. Place a small amount on top of the muffin batter to cover lightly the batter. 
4. Put in the preheated 350F degree oven for 30 minutes, or until the edges become golden. 

After having the aroma fill your kitchen, if not your entire house, you will want to taste one of these as soon as possible! Simply let them cool off 10 minutes after taking them out. They will come out easily from the muffin tin and will be just the right temperature to enjoy, and not burn your tongue!

Eat well, sleep well, and till next time!


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