Thursday, May 5, 2011

Banana and Cinnamon Muffins

Using a handheld mixer for muffins seem kinda unbelievable to me. & trust me, you shouldn't. The overmixing yield a rubbery texture, and tell me how do I not overmix when the electric hand mixer was roaring in circles whenever the switch is on. I'm not sure if 75g reduction of banana compromise the taste, but it wasn't really banana-ish. No stamp of approval for this recipe.

Friend says: george yeo asked for young people to write to him
Friend says: i did
Friend says: lol
Jean says: LOL
Jean says: what did u say
Friend says: i wrote like 1 page long
Friend says: I care more about formulating of national policies, for Singaporeans. And for the sake of a free future, the Opposition must win.
Friend says: thats how i ended it
Jean says: LOL
Jean says: ok good luck
Jean says: u will be fixed
Jean says: LOL
Friend says: =[
Jean says: ok kidding
Friend says: If i go missing
Friend says: let the people know
Jean says: LOL
Jean says: ok hero
Friend says: i send the letter to ur facebook
Jean says: -.-
Friend says: i let george yeo know u also read it before
Jean says: WTF
Friend says: okay u better tell someone to tell someone if you're gone missing
Jean says: ...

On a serious note, 7 May is approaching. Do give good thought about your votes, and which party aligns most with your values. Is getting a splash of new paint over your own walls more important or the nation wide issues as whole.

"The test of our progress as a nation is not whether we add more to those who already have much, but whether we provide enough to those who have less."

- Chen Show Mao, Workers' Party

Banana and Cinnamon Muffins (adapted from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook)

350g all purpose flour
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground cinnamon plus extra to sprinkle
160g caster sugar plus extra to sprinkle
375ml buttermilk
1 egg
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
70g unsalted butter, melted
400g mashed banana (325g for me, because I ran out of bananas)

1. Preheat the oven to 170°C.
2. Put the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda & cinnamon into a large bowl and beat with a handheld electric whisk until combed.
3. Put the buttermilk, egg & vanilla extract in a bowl and mix to combine. Slowly pour into the flour mixture and beat on slow speed until all the ingredients are incorporated.
4. Pour in the melted butter and beat until incorporated. Stir in the bananas with a wooden spoon until evenly dispersed.
5. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until two-thirds full and sprinkle a little extra sugar and cinnamon over the tops. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-30 mins, or until golden brown and the muffin bounces back when touched. A skewer inserted in the centre should come out clean. Leave the muffins to cool slightly in the pan before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.


  1. Yes we have to vote wisely! Haha...we are in the same GRC, probably will meet u at the voting centre!

    By the way, try to use a balloon whisk instead of mixer for muffin.

  2. jean, mr chen would be so thankful to have your support and one who really cares and concern about the country's future and well being.

  3. haha your friend is so funny! hmm i just reserve this book in nlb shall browse through and try a few!

  4. Hahaha...both of you are so funny. Well, at least now if I know you didn't update your post after May 8, I'll call the police!
    How do you find the hummingbird book? This banana cinnamon muffin looks good though.

  5. dont worry now all your virtual foodie friends know what to do if we don't see a post from you after this :P

    still gotta try the hummingbird recipe for muffins/cupcakes...soo many recipes to try and so little time (or mb im just lazy!)

  6. I am sorry the muffins didnt work out for you. But that was a hilarious conversation between u and ur friend! LOL.

  7. Hi Jean..I've voted wisely for my GRC..but my holy maiden vote didn't work =( QUite disappointed with most of the results.....But i think there's a huge improvement from the last GE!!
    The most the which makes me mosttttttttt agitated is..HOW CAN SHE BE IN THE PARLIAMENT!?!?!?! *STOMPING MY FEET* and saying " I don't know what to say!!!"

    Anyway nice muffins! =) It still looks great! Can't see that it's rubbery..hehe

  8. Ha I just made these and completely agree! Not all bananaish, and yes I too agree about the over mixing the dough (I ignored that instruction too). Wish I'd googled this before making them and chosen another recipe!