Thursday, August 18, 2011

Basic breakfast muffins

My parents have always been worriers.
There’s the “bring a jacket, its cold!” and the “how are you getting home?” to the “don’t forget to take the fish oil supplements we bought, they’re good for your brain!”

But now that I'm just a year from graduating, the topics of worry have expanded to “What now, Annie?”
There’s worry about what kind of job I’m going to find, where I’m going to live in the future, who I’m going to live with… who, what, where, when, why and just for fun, with what money? 

And to be fair I probably give them good reason to worry.
Especially after your only daughter casually mentions via telephone that the only graduation plans thus far are to go to Australia to go fruit picking.

And that time I flew to Lima and mistakenly booked a return flight for March 27th instead of February 27th.

So it did not help that a couple weeks ago during a visit home, they found me crouched in the kitchen at eight in the morning surrounded by Cheerios and an unidentifiable flour mixture intently pointing my camera at a food crime scene. (“But so-and-so’s daughter is studying to be a Pharmacist”)

But out of that morning came these delicious muffins, Cheerio crumbs that will forever be in the indents of the hardwood floor, and probably more reason for my parents to worry about me.

Adapted from Allrecipes
They make 9 muffins.
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon (optional)
3 bananas, mashed
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar (or sub for ¼ cup additional white sugar)
1 egg  
1/3 cup butter, melted

2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 cup crushed Cheerios  
1/4 cup walnut pieces 
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C)
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter. Now mix the dry batter into the wet batter until incorporated and spoon into muffin liners.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, butter, crushed Cheerios, walnut pieces and cinnamon and sprinkle topping over muffins.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

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