Monday, 13 September 2010

banana, chocolate & peanut butter muffins

I kid you not, I have found the ultimate muffin recipe and this is it - banana, chocolate & peanut butter, the best muffin recipe in the world! Hot out of the oven, the chocolate bits ooze out in little melts of goodness and the dollops of peanut butter inside just hit the spot. If you're eating this days later, there's no need to reheat the muffin, it stays moist through and through. Unfortunately, these didn't last very long for me to test how many days they stayed moist for but trust me, taste one of these and you'll be uttering the words 'OMG!' and then proceed to shovel a few more into your mouth.

In a small bowl, melt together 50g plain dark chocolate with 50g smooth peanut butter over a pan of simmering water.

When melted, remove from heat.

Preheat oven to 160 degrees. Line 10 holes of a muffin tray. Peel 3 medium sized bananas and mash in a large bowl. Add to the bowl 100g brown sugar and 60g softened unsalted butter. Mix well. Add 1 beaten egg to the mixture and stir in 1/2 tsp vanilla extract.

Sift into the wet mix 100g plain flour, 50g wholemeal flour, a pinch of salt and 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda. Tip in the bran from the wholemeal flour that remained in the sieve. Add 35g just boiled hot water. Fold ingredients together and add the melted butter and peanut butter and stir thoroughly to mix. Stir in 50g chopped plain chocolate.

Spoon just a little of the muffin batter into each liner. Add a teaspoonful of peanut butter to the centre of each.

Cover the peanut butter with the remaining batter, filling the liners evenly.

Bake for 30 minutes until the muffins are well risen and spring back when you press gently the tops.

Makes 9 yummy muffins.

Muffin innards!

I've more or less followed the recipe out of 'Mad about muffins' which I think is the best muffin book written (every recipe I've used so far has turned out superb and are recipes which I refer to time and time again). The recipe suggests you can even use crunchy peanut butter if you are after a bit more crunch but I think smooth peanut butter is the way to go. Typing up this post is making me want to bake another batch!


Emma @CakeMistress said...

LOLZ, both up late blogging away :)

Your blog is going to make me fat! They are seriously good looking muffins. Particularly with the bonus goops of peanut butter in the centre.

mashi said...

panda, you're making me hungry lol

Seems like a great recipe esp since I've got a jar of peanut butter in the pantry to use up. Will definitely give this one a go, thanks for sharing =)

mademoiselle délicieuse said...

Mashed banana always manages to keep things moister for longer, I reckon. Love how banana bread keeps quite well as a result.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Mmm you mentioned hot out of the oven and oozing chocolate. Be still my heart Panda! :P

panda said...

emma - i tend to stay up and blog late into the night, moreso than first up in the morning. and lol, thanks for popping by my blog and leaving such lovely comments! and well, i think i'm actually getting fat myself from all the baking that i'm doing but i'm determined to get through that jar of peanut butter which i just bought....mmmm..peanut butter!!

mashi - lol, you can bake this recipe and then you won't be hungry! let me know how you go with this one. always good to see if the recipe works out for other people.

mademoiselle delicieuse - i'm trying not to eat the bananas we have at home so i can have them for baking; banana bread sounds like a good idea!

lorraine - hahaha, glad you enjoyed reading this post! oozing chocolate for me any day!

Von said...

This sounds so good! I'll deifnitely try this one day =D Just the sight of the peanut butter on the top of the muffin looks heavenly. But with melting chocolate as well?? =O must try! must try!

Forager @ The Gourmet Forager said...

You've sold it to me! I have to make this asap and have delicious oozing gooey yummy muffins for myself!

panda said...

von - i'm always tempted to eat peanut butter out of a jar and this muffin definitely satisfies those cravings without me looking too odd :)

forager - yay! hope you go well making these!