Thursday, January 12, 2012

Time For Another Swap

This time, instead of a recipe swap, it was a blog swap. This was nice because you were able to browse someones blog and choose any recipe you'd like. I had very good intentions of not procrastinating and getting this done right away. How did that work out for me you ask? Not so well :(.

The blog I got assigned to was doughseedough. There are tons of great recipes to pick from, but since I could only pick one I decided on Sea Salt Caramels. I was excited to make these and wrap them up. They look so cute in her picture in the little parchment paper wrappers. I thought they would be a nice treat to give to people as well. was sort of a bust. I don't know what I did wrong, but I messed up somewhere and had to toss the whole bunch, and frantically find something else to make that I already had the ingredients for (which wouldn't have been a problem if I hadn't procrastinated!).

It worked out that for a couple days I've been watching a bunch of bananas go from just right to past ripe and spotty, thinking- "I should really make some banana bread with those, or something."

This was my opportunity! I searched through her blog and came across a recipe for Banana Crumb Muffins. Peeerfect:). So I cleaned my kitchen from the first mess I had made today, and got ready to make a second mess.

Banana Crumb Muffins

You will need:

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped (I didn't have walnuts, so I substituted pecans)
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips (I had these on hand and figured I'd throw them in, not in original recipe)
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cold butter
Pre heat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a muffin tin with 10 paper liners.

In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl mix together banana, egg, sugar and melted butter. Stir the banana mixture, chocolate chips and nuts into the flour mixture until just moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.

In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 tbsp flour, cinnamon and cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle over the batter.

Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick, inserted into the center of a muffin, comes out clean.

Given the kind of day I had today, I was compelled to indulge in a second muffin after I had eaten one. I don't regret it.

As bummed out as I was about the caramels not coming out right, I am really happy it lead to me making these muffins. They are delicious!

Source: doughseedough, who adapted from allrecipes

I'm also going to take this opportunity to show off this really cute cake tester my mom got me awhile back from Crate and Barrel. I had put in my utensil drawer and kind of forgot about it (sorry mom!). I need to use this more often, instead of boring toothpicks :).

Thanks again to Sarah from A Taste of Home Cooking for organizing the swap!


  1. Aw sorry the caramel didn't work out- but these look yummy!! :)

  2. These sound really yummy. I think I will make them tomorrow.

  3. Do you know who and what recipe they picked from your blog?

  4. I will sometime today. This was the final day so there will be a round up of all the recipes people did.

  5. I'm sorry the caramels didn't turn out but yay for delicious banana muffins!