The recipes featured in this post kind of represent my life right now. All. Too. Perfectly. Close to the beginning of the school year, a teacher normally feels about a thousand emotions a day. Between the highs of a full twenty minute lunch break, and the lows of teaching math to students who are pretending they’ve never seen a plus sign before in their lives, September is a whirlwind kind of month. Just as I can name about a hundred times I wanted to laugh, cry and sleep all at the same time just today, I can also name about a hundred things on my current to-do list. And, like most teachers, I feel the incessant need to do them all at once. Hence, today’s post. Not just one kind of banana bread muffin, but four. Why? Because, I want all of them. At once. Right now.
Luckily, banana bread is great for scatter-brained teachers (and crazy people) like me. It can be made in any flavor, any shape, any size. All it takes is a little tweaking and a little time dusting off your rusty fraction knowledge, and you can really make countless varieties of bread, based on a single base recipe. But, since I’d rather be baking than thinking about place value planning at the moment, I’ve made it easy. So, really, all you need to do is pick a flavor that you want to try, scroll down to the already fraction-ized recipe and whip it up! (After viewing my professional-looking photography and incredibly informative commentary on the recipes below of course…)
To narrow down my choices, and only decide on four lucky winners, I daydreamed on the treadmill, as per usual. Within a mile of pondering all the things I know and love, I had come up with an all encompassing list: fruit, chocolate, nuts. Essentially, these cover all the bases of the best things in life. Therefore, this week’s creations include:
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl
- Raspberry Chocolate
- Chocolate Walnut
These muffins all start with the same base recipe. To begin, you’ll be using the creaming method to combine your butter and brown sugar. The brown sugar here provides so much moisture and a little bit of a sweeter and richer taste than regular granulated sugar. Mix this on medium until it’s well combined, about three minutes.
Then, you’ll add in one egg at a time, until they are all incorporated.
Up next, beat in those bananas, the greek yogurt and vanilla. Now, you may be looking at your recipe thinking, “Really, that many bananas?” Yes, that many bananas. The muffins we’re making are dense, but so moist. So, definitely go with me here. Top tip: if your bananas are not overly ripe, throw them (unpeeled) in a 300 degree oven for 30 minutes, until they are blackened and squishy.
In a separate bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. Sifting isn’t completely necessary here, but since there’s no liquid in the bread, and it’ll be dense, I like to sift the dries to prevent it from being too heavy.
After you have both bowls ready to go, you’ll add your dry ingredients into the banana mixture slowly. Try not to over mix here, because that will most definitely result in some hard muffins. (I’m still trying to think of some sort of stud muffin joke to go here…I’ll get back to you on that.)
Here is when fractions started to get the best of me. Keep in mind, once you pick a flavor, all you’ll have to do is follow one recipe, no dividing necessary. But, on the path to discovery, here’s how my experiment went down. First, I divided the mixture in half and added peanut butter and a little more greek yogurt to that.
Then, I split each half in half and threw in my add ins.
A dollop of Nutella or preserves went on the top of my Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl and PB&J muffins, and in the oven they went!
About a half an hour and a few too many peeks in the oven later, I had finally accomplished something I had been wanting to do since the beginning of the school year: doing many things at once, successfully.
To be honest with you, I couldn’t even pick a favorite. If I were to try these again in an hour or two from writing this (which I probably will…) I’d probably have a different feeling. But, that seems to be the trend of the month right now. So, really, you’ll need to be the judge. Which means, you’ll have to try all of them. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
Next week, get your pens, papers and goggles ready… you’re in for a science lesson. Until then though, stay tuned and stay hungry!