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Saturday, October 09, 2010

Get in my Belly! Banana Crunch Muffins

I just ate one of these - still warm from the oven.

Can you smell them??? Mmmm...

This recipe is from one of my favorite cookbooks, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook


    * 3 cups all-purpose flour
    * 2 cups sugar
    * 2 teaspoons baking powder
    * 1 teaspoon baking soda
    * 1/2 teaspoon salt
    * 1/2 pound unsalted butter, melted and cooled
    * 2 extra-large eggs
    * 3/4 cup whole milk
    * 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    * 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 bananas)
    * 1 cup medium-diced ripe bananas (1 banana)
    * 1 cup small-diced walnuts
    * 1 cup granola (I used a ginger cashew granola)
    * 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
    * Dried banana chips, granola, or shredded coconut, optional


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Line 18 large muffin cups with paper liners. Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add the melted butter and blend. Combine the eggs, milk, vanilla, and mashed bananas, and add them to the flour-and-butter mixture. Scrape the bowl and blend well. Don't over mix.

Fold the diced bananas, walnuts, granola, and coconut into the batter. Spoon the batter into the paper liners, filling each 1 to the top. Top each muffin with dried banana chips, granola, or coconut, if desired. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the tops are brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool slightly, remove from the pan, and serve.

(photo credit: littlewhitekitchen.blogspot.com)

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Suzanne Woods Fisher's The Waiting Kindle Giveaway!

Suzanne Woods Fisher is thrilled to announce the release of The Waiting, book two in The Lancaster Secrets Collection. In The Waiting Jorie finds herself caught be two loves and two lives in this compelling page turner about complex people living the simple life.

The Waiting is the next stand alone story in The Lancaster Secrets Collection and follows in the footsteps of the best-selling, The Choice. The Waiting is in stores now and to celebrate Suzanne is hosting The Waiting KINDLE Giveaway.

One Grand Prize winner will receive a Kindle preloaded with Suzanne Woods Fisher titles and a Amazon.com gift certificate! The Prize Pack (valued at over $185.00) includes:

* A brand new KINDLE, Free 3G, 6", Latest Generation

* The Choice by Suzanne Woods Fisher

* The Waiting by Suzanne Woods Fisher

* A $15 dollar Amazon.com Gift Certificate

To enter, simply click on the icons below to fill out the entry form, then tell 5 or more friends about the contest. Oh, and enter soon! Winner will be announced on October 28th at Suzanne's Lancaster Secrets Book Club Party.

Join Suzanne for the Lancaster Secrets Book Club Party on October 28th! She’ll be announcing the winner of the The Waiting KINDLE Giveaway, hosting a book club discussion of The Waiting and The Choice, and giving away copies of both books and HEAPs of readerly prizes! Be sure to join us on Thursday, October 28th at 5:00 PM PST (6:00 MST, 7:00 CST & 8 EST) at Suzanne’s Author Page.