Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Blueberry Green Tea Cupcakes for April's Mystery Box Cupcake Challenege

This month's Mystery Box Cupcake Challenge, presented by The Sweetest Kitchen, had an Earth Day theme. I knew right away that I wanted to make a blue and green cupcake, but I didn't want to just color it blue and green. Since the only blue food I could think of was blueberries, I started there. Remembering the technique I used in my last Mystery Box entry (Lavender Milk Tea cupcakes), I decided to infuse the batter with one of my favorite teas, Trader Joes' blueberry green tea.

  • 1 C whole milk
  • 4-6 tea bags
  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp lemon baking emulsion
  • 1 1/2 C flour
  • 1 3/4 tsp baking powder

I don't want to talk about the frosting...suffice it to say it would have been easier and more cooperative if it was nothing but shortening, powdered sugar, and vanilla. That'll teach me to try new weird things.

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Banana Crunch Muffins

These muffins are full of bananas and are absolutely delicious. I took them to a bloody mary brunch, where nobody really liked bloody mary's. Imagine that.

Banana Crunch Muffins
Adapted from Ina Garten

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 extra large eggs
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 C milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 bananas, diced
  • 2 C granola (I used vanilla almond)
  • 1 C dried coconut (optional)
  • 1/3 C broken dried bananas (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two 12 cup muffin tins. Melt butter, and allow it to cool.
  2. Mix sugars together, then add in butter and eggs. Stir until combined.
  3. Mix mashed banana, vanilla, milk, and cinnamon together. Add to the butter mixture.
  4. Sift in baking powder, baking soda, salt, and flour. Combine well, but do not overmix.
  5. Fold in 1 C of granola, coconut, and sliced bananas.
  6. Measure out 1/4 C of batter into 24 muffin tins.
  7. Mix broken dried bananas and remaining cup of granola together and then sprinkle over the tops of the muffins.
  8. Bake for 26-30 minutes.