This year, our Avid Bakers Group will be baking recipes from Christina Marsigliese's "Scientifically Sweet" blog. We are all excited to bake from this website, as much of baking is combining chemicals and formulas! Even 1/4 tsp of much baking soda can throw off an entire recipe.
Christina not only gives us a recipe, but she can also tell us why something is done. For example, her recipe calls for freezing the bananas. Why? She says that you can use overripe bananas, but freezing them first helps to break down the little black fibers for a smoother batter. You can see how she uses this method to make super a super smooth and yellow batter for her Banana Cupcakes with PB Cocoa Frosting in her book!
While making this recipe, I kept thinking of this fun song. I thought maybe you would enjoy it, also!
We started off the year baking her recipe for Double Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins. It's a basic muffin recipe--you mix dry ingredients together. Then you mix the wet ingredients in another bowl:
Dry and wet ingredients, separate
I made some changes to the recipe, based on what I had on hand. Instead of sour cream, I used whipping cream and 1% milk with some lemon juice to sour it. After 15 minutes, I could see bubbles on top. It was ready to use.
Instead of using dutch process cocoa, I used Hershey's Dark Special cocoa. It has part dutch process cocoa, and is much cheaper than dutch process cocoa. For muffins, I felt that would be fine. There's enough dutch process in the cocoa to work with the recipe properly.
The dark mixture from the Hershey's Dark Special cocoa!
They baked up really nicely
And how did we taste? Hubby gave them a "9." He thought that they could use some frosting or cherries on top. I think they would be better with pecans. I'm keeping the recipe, but with notes to add pecans next time.
They were also a bit dry. I'd recommend checking them sooner, maybe at 15 minutes.
Since we are not eating many sweets, these will be given away tomorrow. Some will go to the pest control guys who are coming. The rest will go to my physical therapists. "Never underestimate the power of great baked goods," is my favorite saying!
If you would like the recipe, you can find it here: Double Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
If you want to bake along with the monthly Avid Bakers Challenge, you can find more information here: Avid Bakers Challenge
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