Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Baby Friendly Muffins

The mini muffin tin.  It makes stay at home moms do weird things.  The mini omelets were a complete success and I've made them a few more times since.  They've actually become a staple on Monday's for the kids breakfasts for the week.  

I figured I would try my hand at actual muffins.  Did you know that muffins are actually NOTHING like cookies?  I feel like I've mastered the cookie skill and it is now a joy to bake them.  But muffins, oh muffins, they are my nemesis.  I will win this battle and and be VICTORIOUS! [Cue Queen "We Are The Champions"]

I started with the easiest recipe I could find: Basic Muffin Recipe 

I'm sure they would have turned out just fine but I made a few adjustments...ok, I made a LOT of adjustments.

These were the Basic Muffin Recipe ingredients and my not so little 'adjustments':
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, or 2¼ cups pastry flour, sifted
    • 1 cup baby rice cereal, 1/2 cup baby oatmeal, 1/2 cup flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup pureed banana
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg (or 2 medium)
  • 4 Tbsp butter (½ stick) or shortening
    • 2 Tbsp full fat yogurt, 2 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce 
I followed the instructions and there were a few things that I noticed were 'off' right away.  The batter didn't really 'pour' it was more like cookie batter.  So I just spooned it into the pan and hoped. 

The mini 'baby' muffins turned out ok.  They didn't taste that great to grown up but the kids seemed to really enjoy them.  I brought them to a play date and the kids ate them up!  

"Wet" ingredients

"Dry" ingredients

Sprayed the pan with Pam and then sprinkled with flour

Shook the pan around to disperse the flour

Muffin 'batter'... spooned into the pan

And cute little muffins baked up just right!
I had some extra batter leftover so I pureed some yogurt and strawberries and added them to the batter. I figured these might be more tasty for the adults..
NOT a good idea..
They kind of NEVER really got cooked all the way through. 
The strawberry option was a bad idea.  They never really cooked all the way through and they tasted terrible.  One of the few times I've made something that Hubster even agreed was terrible.

In conclusion this 'experiment' was a little too far of a jump ahead of my skill level.  Next time I'll actually stick to the 'basic' muffin recipe.  Of course I'll be using Emily Bennett's idea to make a crumble topping with granola.  Mmmmmm granola!

What is YOUR favorite muffin?

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