Okay, so these are old photos, but after watching a fortnight's worth of Masterchef Australia and working a five hour shift in a gourmet grocery store full of delicious goodies, I'm in a baked goods kind of mood. And I may or may not have just polished off a caramel macaroon all to myself. Mmm, so good...
WARNING: If you're in the mood for dessert and have a bit of a sweet tooth (I know I do), these muffins I made may make you salivate all over your computer keyboard. Don't say I didn't warn you.
I hereby present the muffins with longest name ever...
Nutella frosted Banana Choc-Chip Muffins with Almonds.
|Please refrain from licking your computer screen.|
In the spirit of full disclosure, I will mention that I cheated a bit in making these. Cheated in the sense that I made them from a box. Like, boxed muffin mix.
OKAY, I KNOW I'M A FRAUD!
But really, we all know that some of the best things in life have just been copied and pasted with a handful of alterations. So I thank you, Betty Crocker, for providing a great muffin base that I changed around to make what I think might be even nicer than the original plain 'ol choc-chip muffins (though I admit, choc-chip is pretty hard to beat).
The muffin mix I used was Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Muffins - 97% fat free in this case, but it won't make a difference because the Nutella will make up for it! I prepared the mix as per the instructions (I guess you'll need to buy the mix yourself to understand what I'm on about!) then added two or three super-ripe mashed up bananas.
It's so much more fun to experiment when you're cooking, because if you make a mess/burn it/undercook it/whip cream so much it accidentally turns to butter (all of which I am guilty of at some point or another), you can just start again!
And I always seem to be mishmashing recipes around and making stuff up; I'm the sort of person who likes to meticuloisly plan things, but go figure because I'm much more spontaneous in the kitchen (okay, okay, enough with the 1950s housewife jokes please). Sometimes messing around with something good just makes it even better.
Once I decided to add pink food dye and pretty much an entire packet of rainbow sprinkles into a batch of cupcake batter, and the results were so colourful it looked like a fairy had exploded in it. In a good - and dangerously delicious - way.
Anyway, once the muffins were ready, all it took to make them look super yummy were some generous lashings of Nutella (and I mean generous), and garnish them with chopped almonds.
|Here are some I prepared earlier - I've always wanted to say that.|
Next time I think I'll toast the almonds, just to make them crunchy but they were still nice; my mum (below) obviously thought so!
What recipes have you experimented with that ended up making the dish even better?