Whatever you want to call them, they're yummers. Matthew turned THREE two days ago (can't believe it!) so I wanted to make his favorite dessert ("raisins cake" - ie. banana bread studded with raisins). I added a birthday twist - banana quickbread-turned-muffins-turned-cupcakes-with-peanut-butter-frosting. (Adorable "Happy Birthday" plate courtesy of his godmother, Holly.)
I've been experimenting for years with banana bread (ie. quickbread ie. basically banana cake) and I've got it down to an art now, though I do keep adding little extras every time, and this birthday batch was no exception.
The original recipe comes from my grandma's Cooking in Circles book (as did my tuna croquettes the other day), but as with all recipes in my possession, I'm in a state of constant tweakiness. Just can't leave 'em alone.
So here's how I did it this time. (Makes 12 muffins plus one mini-loaf.)
2 c. sifted flour (can use 1 c. white and 1 c. whole wheat or whatever your favorite combo)
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 t. salt
2 eggs, well beaten
1 t. baking soda
3 bananas, mushed and smushed
1/2 c. cinnamon chips (thanks again, Kim!)
1 c. raisins
1 t. yummy homemade vanilla extract (if you're lucky enough to have received a jar of it from Kat, like I did the other day, then you're vanilla-blessed)
3 T. plain, natural yogurt
2 T. molasses
Preheat oven to 350 F/180 C. Oil your muffin tins and your one mini loaf pan. Cream your butter, sugar, molasses, vanilla, and yogurt, and then add salt and eggs. Add the flour and then the mushed and smushed bananas. Stir in the raisins and cinnamon chips - not overmixing - and then fill your tins about 2/3 full. Chuck 'em in the oven and check after 15 minutes or so.
Let them cool a bit, remove from the pan, and then allow to come to room temp before frosting with this amazing Ina Garten peanut-butter creamy delectable lick-the-beaters icing (using prized imported confectioners' sugar from Kim). Half an icing batch will do you just fine for the 12 muffins/cupcakes/raisins cakes. Add some raisins on top for extra sweeeeeeetness and just because your newly three-year-old loves them.
Happy birthday, Maffew! You're my special little raisin cake. Mama looooooves you!