Banana Muffins with Chocolate and Bourbon
How long have those bananas been in your freezer?
Yeah, I’m asking you. Since I have no idea at all how long these bananas have been hanging around in mine.
I’m not a fan of bananas, apart from when I am training for a long-distance race. I also have some affection for that Friends episode when Phoebe changed her name to Princess Consuela Banana Hammock.
But I digress.
When the kids visit, we buy bananas. They sit on the counter until they get speckly, then they make their way into the freezer for an ice-age eternity.
Anyway, today was D-Day (er, B-Day) in the kitchen. I checked out recipes for banana pancakes (shudder), bananas in smoothies (boring), then came upon a recipe for Deb’s Jacked Up Banana Bread.
I took her jacked-up recipe and kicked it up one more notch — some chunks of Oaxacan chocolate brought back from our holiday in Huatulco.
Yes sir, we have no more bananas.
OK, that’s a lie. We have one more frozen banana. It will be probably become a smoothie.
Kitchen castoff used
Three frozen bananas.
This is how we did it
- 3 – 4 mashed bananas
- 1/3 cup salted butter, melted
- ¾ cup demerara or brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- pinch of ground cloves
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp-ish bourbon
- 1 tsp baking soda
- pinch salt
- 1 ¼ cup flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine the bananas and melted butter. Important: make sure the bananas (if they were frozen) have warmed up to room temperature. Mine were still very cold and of course the butter immediately reconstituted. Not game-changing, but it made mixing a pain.
Add the egg, vanilla, bourbon and spices. Combine well. I threw in my Mexican chocolate chunks at this point.
Sprinkle baking soda and salt on top of the batter, then mix in. Add flour and combine.
Pour into buttered 4 x 8 loaf pan. Bake about 50 minutes; use a toothpick to test for doneness (insert into the loaf, if it comes out clean, it is ready. If it isn’t clean, a few more minutes.)
About my 100 day project: 100 days of cooking, using forgotten or cast-off kitchen ingredients.
If you like this, you might enjoy previous posts about my #100daysofcooking
Have you done a 100 day project? I’d love to hear about it