Haha – so that little lump of joy in the picture above is me as a baby, obviously already in love with cooking, the kitchen and wooden spoons! We had a baby shower in the office recently for a friend of mine, she’s having a little boy, his name will be Jan (pronounced “Yun” for those who don’t speak Afrikaans). She’s the glowing mummy to be in red in the pic below:
With the baby theme in mind I decided to choose pictures for this post from when Ciaran (my brother) and I were babies. Ah we were so cute!
Sorry, back to the baby shower…I offered to bake something for the shower, but it had to be something easy, quick and for breakfast… that’s when inspiration hit, bran-ana muffins! Another one of those hand written recipes from my mum’s books that I remember from when we were kids, I assume she made these to get some bran flakes and banana into us when the banana’s were starting to get over ripe. In any event, these little muffins turned out fantastically, there were none left from the baby shower. I made two batches the night before, one with raisins and one without. Here’s what you’ll need…
- 250ml All-Bran Flakes
- 125ml Milk
- 2 Ripe Bananas
- 80ml Soft butter (I used Stork)
- 1 Egg
- 250ml Cake Flour
- 15ml Baking Powder
- Pinch of Salt
- 60ml Sugar
- 20ml Raisins (optional)
- Preheat oven to 190 degrees Celsius
- In a mixing bowl combine the bran, milk and mashed banana’s and mix well. (I used my ancient Kenwood mixer…this bad boy weighs a ton, was my grandmothers and sounds like an airplane taking off when on level 4…but works like a bomb!)
- Add softened butter and egg to bran mixture and beat well
- In a separate bowl sift together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt)
- Add sugar and raisins to dry ingredients and mix together
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, bit by bit mixing in between, slowly.
- Pour the mixture into a greased muffin pan
- Bake for 25 minutes
Serve with butter, jam and cheese! At the baby shower the girls had organised some soft cheese and fresh raspberries which I put onto a plain muffin and it was an explosion of A-M-A-ZING tastes! What a winner, I’m totally serving them like this next time.
Also as an after thought, I was thinking you could substitute the raisins with some sunflower seeds instead. The options are endless – have fun guys and gals!