Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Banana mana fo fana

I have never much loved bananas. I have kind of always tolerated them. But when I get a killer leg cramp, I am more than grateful for them. Growing up, if I ever had an ache or pain, my mother would always say "eat a banana." Magically, they always work for me. There are times I crave body does, not my mind I am sure. I love them only when they are perfectly yellow, no blemishes, not a speck of green or a tinge of brown. I have to peel the entire banana, and every little string must be off... and I pinch off the little nub on the end...can't eat it...not sure mother says I'm nuts. And under no circumstances will I eat a banana that has been in the fridge....yuck!
But, then there is the subject of cooked bananas. That is an entirely different story...banana bread...banana cake...banana cookies...grilled bananas...banana ice cream...oh wait that's not cooked. Anyway, I can't wait until they start turning brown, because that means the ultimate comfort foods can be concocted.
So here is a great banana cupcake recipe. It is simple and the results are sooo gratifying.
P.S. I would love to know what your favorite banana dishes are and if I happen to be the only picky banana eater out there!

1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
2 cups flour, sifted
1/2 tsp. of salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda (add to pureed bananas)
4 bananas-best if very brown
Cream Cheese Frosting
1 stick butter, softened
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 lbs powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
up to 1/4 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. prepare muffin cups. Mash the bananas and add the soda to them, set aside. Cream butter, sugar and eggs. Sift flour then add the salt and baking powder to the flour.To the butter mixture, alternately add the milk and flour Add vanilla and mashed bananas. Bake for 20-25 minutes

Mix cream cheese and butter until smooth, add sugar and vanilla and blend well adding milk a tablespoon at a time until desired consistency.


Carli said...

Well, I'm with you on the inability to eat the little tip of the banana. It freaks me out. Also, I can't stand one brown spot, but do like them a bit green. Bananas and chocolate are one of my all-time favorite combos. How about a banana nutella paninni. (Grilled between 2 yeast waffles that are just barely sweetened). DELICIOUS.

Will Murdoch said...

I attended your class last night at The Finishing School and loved it! Thank you! I'll check your blog often.

Kitchen M said...

Looks and sounds great! Thanks for finding me via Foodbuzz!