Sunday, February 27, 2011

Banana Mocha Muffins

Banana Mocha Muffins are a family favorite.  My mother always made them when I was a child.  They would be a special treat when we would go away on ski weekends, trips up to the lake, or ‘just because’.  Do you have some brown, ripened bananas at home and are sick of the same old banana bread? Don’t throw away those ripe bananas and waste your money.  Instead, you should try these delicious, chocolaty, banana mocha muffins.  They are a family favorite that never fails. 

I love to heat them in the microwave for just 10 seconds and the chocolate chips just start to melt and the muffin center gets soft and fluffy. 

Hope you enjoy!!

Banana Mocha Muffins Recipes

Makes 24 Muffins
Preheat oven to 350o

2 ½ cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon instant coffee grinds
1 tablespoon of warm water
1 1/3 cup mashed bananas (3-4 bananas)
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1 ¼ cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Beat butter and sugar until creamed.  Next add in egg and mix well.  In a small cup, disolve the instant coffee grinds in warm water.  Mash banana in a large bowl and add in coffee.  Add this to butter mixture and mix well.  Stir in all dry ingredients.  Fold in chocolate chips.  Spoon mixture into muffin tins and bake at 350o for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. 

1)   If you have some ripe bananas and don’t have any time in the next few days to bake, don’t worry.  Just quickly mash up the bananas and freeze them.  Then when you are ready to bake, take them out and defrost
2)   This recipe makes 24 muffins.  Trust me, they will be eaten quickly, but if you want to reserve some for another day, they freeze wonderfully.   
3)   If you don't have instant coffee, but you have some left over coffee from the morning, that works to. 

Monday, February 21, 2011

Welcome to PammiCakes Recipes

Thanks for visiting my food blog.  I am excited to get this blog started and to begin to share my passion for cooking with you all.  My background is in finance with seven years of corporate experience.  I work with forecasting and budgeting tools on a daily basis for my full time job and I enjoy taking these concepts and adapting them into my personal life and my love for cooking.  We all work hard to budget our time and money in the most effective ways possible for our busy lives.  Through my blog I am looking forward to sharing some of my tricks I have learned and also learning from all of you.

When I was a little girl, I would always help my mother out in the kitchen.  I loved to watch her cook and create amazing meals with very little reference to recipes.  She rarely measures anything, and she adds a little bit of this and a little bit of that and every meal is always delicious.  My mom is always baking up scrumptious muffins, cookies, and treats making the house smell so sweet.  Since I have moved out of the house, I cannot remember a time when I haven't left from a visit with a special goodie bag filled with comfort food from my childhood.

Everyday I try my best to develop the skills I learned from my mother and create yummy meals and baked goods for my husband, friends and family.  I have had many successful attempts, and of course some failures, but it is a fun learning experience that I am thrilled to continue with all of you. 

Now lets conquer cooking mouthwatering food while not interferring with our spare time and wallets.   
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