Friday, February 4, 2011

Banana + Chocolate Crumb Muffins


A couple of years ago, before I started my blogging and baking journey with Tuesdays with Dorie, I followed baking recipes to the letter. Although baking is chemistry, a certain amount of modification is possible. Two plus years of weekly baking has taught me a lot about what to play with and what to leave alone.

One of the big favorites from the last two years is this banana bundt cake. I recently bought these cute tulip cupcake liners and I wanted to use them. And I had brown bananas. Banana crumb muffins were born.

Revisiting the banana bundt cake recipe from Baking From My Home to Yours, I was shocked to discover it didn't have chocolate chips. I've made it many times, and I could swear the recipe calls for chocolate chips. Well, my version of it does. And because I had the dramatic height of these tulip cupcake liners, I added some crumb topping I had made and frozen a couple of months ago.

These are a little more work than some muffins, but they are so worth it.

Banana + Chocolate Crumb Muffins (adapted from BFMHTY and Ina Garten)
Printer friendly recipe
Crumb topping:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 pound (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, diced

Cake:
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs, preferably at room temperature
About 4 very ripe bananas, mashed (you should have 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 cups)
1 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Center a rack in the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Place cupcake liners in two muffin tins.

Make the crumb topping: combine the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and the butter crumb topping ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until the butter is the size of peas. Rub the mixture with your fingertips until it's in big crumbles, then set aside in the refrigerator, tightly covered, until ready to use.

Whisk the flour, baking soda and salt together.

Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter until creamy. Add the sugar and beat at medium speed until pale and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla, then add the eggs one at a time, beating for about 1 minute after each egg goes in. Reduce the mixer speed to low and mix in the bananas. Finally, mix in half the dry ingredients (don’t be disturbed when the batter curdles), all the sour cream and then the rest of the flour mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips with a spatula. Scoop the batter into the cupcake liners and sprinkle each muffin with 1 tablespoon of the crumb topping. Remaining crumb topping can be frozen, well wrapped, for up to two months.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until a thin knife inserted deep into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Transfer the muffin tins to a rack and cool for 10 minutes before moving the muffins to the rack to cool to room temperature.

7 comments:

Renata said...

Hi Leslie, thanks for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment! Sorry to hear about your broken foot. Wishing you a speedy recovery!
And these muffins... WOW! They sound just delicious! If I had read it just a couple of days ago I would've made it , was looking for a recipe exactly like this one, with a crumb topping... Now I'll have to wait to have brown bananas again! I'm definitely giving this one a try!

Hanaâ said...

I love Dorie's banana bundt cake. I can only imagine how wonderful your muffin adaptation of it would be, especially with the crumb topping!

jillbert said...

These sound wonderful! Dorie's banana bundt cake is delicious, and some crumb topping and chocolate can only make it better.

I used to bake to the letter too, but that's changed since joining TWD. I remember I used to think that the bakers were nuts for making so many changes to the recipes. Now I get it!

margot said...

Those muffins look fantastic! You pretty much can't go wrong with adding crumb topping and chocolate to baked goods.:) I love Dorie's banana bundt. I think I've probably made it more than anything else in the book.

Mary said...

These look fantastic, and I love the tulip liners. It's funny that you were sure there were chocolate chips in this recipe, but it doesn't surprise me one bit! I haven't made the banana bundt, but I have a freezer full of bananas and need to get more use out of my muffin tin.
:)

Katrina said...

I just made banana (must have chocolate chips) crumb muffins today! I didn't use the Dorie recipe, but have made that cake many times--it's a favorite!

Di said...

I love the chemistry of baking. And I love playing around to see how I can successfully change recipes. Your muffins look fantastic!