April 21, 2011
Regular readers will probably have noticed that Juli and I are rather fond of muffins. We're always on the lookout for new varieties to try out, so when one of our favorite blogs recently featured a delicious-sounding muffin recipe, we knew we'd have to try it out.
The blog in question is For the Love of Cooking. That blog's author, Pam, features a pretty diverse range of really good recipes. If you haven't already checked it out, do yourself a favor and do so. On March 18 she featured a recipe for Banana, Strawberry and Orange Muffins. Muffins made with mashed, ripe bananas, orange juice and zest and pieces of strawberry.... that sure sounded good. I'd been planning to make a batch for a couple weeks and finally got around to doing so last weekend.
The result was pretty darn good. They were full of fruity flavor, with the banana flavor being the most dominant. The strawberry flavor didn't extend beyond the bits of strawberry, but those - and especially the more carmelized bits atop the muffins - were quite good, while the orange was more an accent than a primary flavor. While a bit more dense than most muffins, they weren't heavy or overly chewy. As is often the case, they were best fresh out of the oven (well, cooled for about 10 minutes before serving, actually), but a few seconds in the microwave warmed them up quite nicely.
As usual, I took the leftovers to work and shared them with my coworkers. They didn't last long at all.
While I don't expect these muffins to become a frequently-made recipe like my Glorious Morning Glory Muffins or Cook's Illustrated's Best Blueberry Muffins, they were still quite good, and I do think I'll probably make them again sometime.
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