When I first moved to New York, I found an amazing cafe named Cho's Variety in Brooklyn. It's a simple place, with a good french press and free wi-fi. And, they have GREAT muffins. I fell in love almost immediately with the odd combinations that somehow always turned out right, and found out later that the muffins actually originate from Blue Sky Bakery in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
I was craving these muffins the other day, but since I now live in Wisconsin there was really no quick fix. So I decided to play "test kitchen" with my favorite Blue Sky Bakery combo: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins. After variations on a few different recipes, I finally decided on the following, which is mostly based on the Cooks.com recipe for Favorite Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins.
As you can see above, I think these are best served alongside a cup of coffee and a good book. But, quite frankly, they were good for dinner tonight too...
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Banana MufinsAlexandra Rogers
1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup plain pumpkin (out of the same type of can you use for pumpkin pie)
1/2 cup unsalted butter-room temperature
1 cup chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)
1-2 ripe bananas, sliced
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and grease muffin cups (or use paper baking cups).
Mix flour, sugar, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. In another bowl (or mixer), beat eggs, pumpkin and butter together. Mix for 2-3 minutes and stir in chocolate chips. Slowly incorporate dry ingredient mix and combine until just mixed together.
Fill muffin cups with the batter, filling each cup about 3/4 of the way full. Stick 2-3 banana slices in each muffin cup, making sure to get some of the slices into the muffin and away from the top.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a knife or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Makes 12 regular muffins.