Noel has annual leave this week and it was so nice to come home to dinner already cooked for us (Noel cooked Shepherds Pie - a family favourite) .... so with nothing else to do I had a "Stepford Wife" moment and decided to do some baking. I really enjoy baking but find myself so time poor at times that it is impossible to squeeze the extra enjoyable activity in unless I have nothing to do or I get bored.
So with the urge to bake then came the huge decision of what to bake?? Looking across to the fruit bowl I spotted a few bananas left from last weeks' shop (so they were nice and ripe). Banana muffins came to mind but I didn't want to make just the normal banana muffins - you know the boring ones with no character or define flavour. Searching through recipe books and googling I remember that I had recently come a different recipe on the Rachael Ray website.
Ok armed with all the ingredients I went ahead and made Banana Crumble Muffins... Perfect Banana Crumble Muffins. Oh and WOW they were perfect...
Moist on the inside, crunchy crumble topping... so nice especially while still a little warm. Definitely a flavour explosion in your mouth. The crumble topping will be used again on other fruit muffins but this recipe is a keeper.
Banana Crumble Muffins
(recipe adapted from Rachael Ray)
Makes 12 muffins
Smart Points Per Serve: SP Warning
3/4 cup plain flour
1/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
3 tablespoons white sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt
6 tablespoons cold reduced fat butter (cut into small pieces)
1 1/2 cups self raising flour
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 medium, ripe bananas
1/3 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a medium bowl, mix the flour, light brown sugar, granulated sugar and salt. Then with your hands, work in the butter until large clumps form. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Preheat your oven to 190 degrees Celsius and line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients.
In another bowl, mash the bananas. Add egg, oil and vanilla and mix well.
Combine the dry and wet ingredients and stir until it just comes together
Fill prepared muffin tins halfway then evenly distribute crumble topping over the muffins.
Bake muffins for 18 to 22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.