Baking up a storm
For some time now, I've had an urge to bake so, weeks ago, I went out and bought the major ingredients and the necessary utensils. Within days of buying the stuff, I made a lemon drizzle cake that kept me fed for the best part of a week but the urge remained. I finally succumbed to the urge again and got to muffin baking this past weekend.
Banana muffins have always been a favourite at home in Cape Town to such an extent that my son started baking them himself a few years ago. He likes to heat them up and eat them drowned in Woolworths custard (good stuff but Marks & Spencer's is even better). They work rather well like that, almost like a moist sponge pudding. Although they're delicious plain, I like them spread with butter.
These weren't quite as light as they usually turn out but I think that may have come from using too much banana (I was getting rid of an over-ripe bunch) and not having a proper measuring spoon for the baking powder.
In case you're wondering, this hasn't become a food blog but I told coffee addict that I'd post my banana muffin recipe so she could compare it to hers.
4 medium bananas
200 ml sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
80 ml melted butter
375 ml flour
5 ml baking powder
5 ml bicarbonate of soda
Pre-heat oven to 180 C
Mash the bananas and add the sugar and egg. Mix in the butter. Add mixture to sifted dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Spoon into greased muffin tins and bake for 20 minutes.
So I made them after the banana muffins.
750 ml grated cheese
500 ml flour
20 ml baking powder
10 ml dry mustard
5 ml cayenne pepper
500 ml milk
Pre-heat oven to 200 C.
Add the cheese and dry ingredients to a bowl. Beat the eggs with a fork. Mix into the milk. Pour the liquid over the dry ingredients and stir until the ingredients have been mixed in. Spoon into muffin tin. Bake for about 10 minutes.
Of course, a lot of that food, even if ironically like bits of cheese and pineapple pierced with a toothpick, has recently come back into fashion. Some of it, like avocado shrimp cocktail made with cheap bottled mayonnaise can stay in the past but some of the recipes are worth resurrecting.
Retro food, Mom's Recipe Book and Slashfood are three good sources of typical recipes from the sixties and seventies.
Incidentally, Michelle never got to see any of those cheese muffins. I ate the last one yesterday.