Monday, September 9, 2013

Browned Butter Pecan Banana Muffins for #MuffinMonday

I fear I may have a problem, friends.  In fact, an intervention may be necessary already.  Our muffin ingredient for today is banana.  But somehow, all I could think to add was browned butter.  Oh, sure, you say, lots of things go with banana.  Peanut butter and bacon.  Chocolate.  Caramelized sugar and rum.  Walnuts.  Apples and carrots.  Even honey. 

All of which I’ve done.  Because those are all awesome combinations.  So I added my new love, browned butter and a healthy helping of pecans.  The result was a rich, delicious muffin.  Because it’s impossible to make a bad banana muffin and that’s the truth.

2 1/4 cups or 280g flour
1 cup or 225g sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda or bicarbonate of soda
2 1/2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
2 well-ripened bananas
1/2 cup or 120ml milk
1/2 cup or 115g butter
1 cup or 130g whole pecans
2 eggs, preferably room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C and prepare your large 12-cup muffin pan by greasing lightly or lining with muffin papers.  This batter will fill more than your standard muffin pan.  Either use a larger one or tall muffin cups that will hold their shape, like the ones pictured.

Brown your butter, following these instructions, right here, from The Cooking Actress:  How to brown butter.   When the butter is browned,  pour your pecans into the hot pot and stir like crazy and then turn it off.  Leave the pecans in the browned butter as it cools.

Once it has cooled, take out 12 pecan halves for decorating the muffins before baking.  

Yes, I took out 13.  I like to have a spare.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together your flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and baking powder.

Mash your ripe bananas with a fork.

Add in the eggs, vanilla extract and milk and whisk with the fork.

Pour in the cooled browned butter and pecans and whisk again.  I kept using the fork for this because a normal whisk didn’t work so well with the pecans.

Pour your wet ingredients into your dry ones and stir a couple of times.

Divide the batter between the muffin cups.

Top with the reserved buttery pecan halves.

Bake in your preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes or until the muffins are golden and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Allow the muffins to cool for a few minutes in the pan then remove them to a wire rack to cool completely.


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  1. Bahahaaaaa you are now as obsessed as the rest of us! Lol browned butter and pecans go together sooo well and these muffins look FAB!

  2. Another truth? It's also impossible to make anything bad with browned butter! I loooove banana muffins and banana bread, so these muffins look to die for.

  3. I have been sucked in, Kayle! No turning back now.

  4. Thanks, Marilyn! And thanks again for sharing. You are the best!

  5. That is sooooo TRUE, Ruthy! I just never knew it before.

  6. What a delicious combination and use of brown butter! I've never combined brown butter with bananas before, but it can't go wrong!

  7. In love with your happy-face Muffins :) That Pecan on top is like a gold nugget which gave a joyful, lovely appearance to the banana muffins :)
    Many thanks for the easy, yummy recipe and cute pictures :)

    Love 'n hugs.

  8. Pecans soaking in brown butter - is there any sight more beautiful?

  9. I am loving all the browned butter recipes you've been posting, Stacy! I love banana bread, muffins, cupcakes, etc, so these are right up my alley.

  10. Thanks, Mark! Almost anything with bananas is good, but browned butter is excellent.

  11. Thank you, Suborna! Love and hugs right back at ya!

  12. I'm addicted, that's for sure, Nancy.

  13. Browned butter is a magical, magical thing so I can certainly see why you had to add it!! I often feel such compulsions as well. :)

  14. How did I NOT KNOW THAT, Joanne? All these years wasted. :)

  15. Boy these look great! I haven't tried any browned butter yet but I think they must be great with pecans!

  16. Pecans go with anything at my house but they did go especially well with browned butter. :)


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