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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Lilliputian Egg-less Banana Mini Muffins

A brand new muffin tray, a decent loaf tin, a bonnie pizza dish, and a comely bundt/tart springform.... wooooh, I feel I'm a billionaire today, in fact better than one.  I have been starving for these baking weapons for a long time, and now the wait is so sunnily over.
I remember the first time I had muffins, and I definitely being a student not interested in strange things like cooking (hehe...my mom used to say that your hubby will always repent on choosing a girl like you who doesn't know cooking... :P), never thought that one day I would bake these by myself. Cakes are almost on fingers these days, but this unending wait for a muffin mold had been killing me for a while, and as soon as it landed in my kitchen, I had to be sure that I do justice to it right then. Since I could not manage to find a desirable muffin tray, I finally fell over this 'Mini Muffin Tray'. The outcome was cute, really cute. For this first attempt, I wanted to go egg-less, and then had some bananas screaming at me to get used, so ended up making these Egg-less Banana Mini Muffins'. I had no vanilla essence, so thought of keeping it natural and added some cardamom powder for the real flavor and aroma. My muffin baskets/liners were not fitting into these mini molds, so I had to grease the tray and use directly, but the tiny-miny cuppy cakes popped out easily because of the non-stick coating, and they reminded me so much of the "meetha pakoda/gulgule' aka 'mandazi (as called in Kenya) with the only exception being the maida instead of aata, and then this baking rather than deep frying. They were soft, really soft, and equally spongy, too. Though they did not puff much on the top, but they tasted wow!! My 18 months old doll grabbed 2 of them and they were down her throat in 5 minutes, which was a proof that they were really good (she's too finicky about taste and food stuffs). The next time I'll be baking them with whole wheat flour and jaggery, to exterminate the 'refined' concept.
Presenting the Lilliputian Egg-less Banana Muffins:


EGG-LESS BANANA MINI MUFFINS

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Baking Time: 10-15 minutes
Makes 12 Mini Muffins


Ingredients:
1. All Purpose Flour/ Maida: 1/2 a cup
2. Powdered sugar: 1/4 cup
3. Ripe Banana: 1 small
4. Salt: a pinch
5. Baking Powder: 1/2 tsp
6. Baking Soda: 1/4 tsp
7. Butter: 1 tbs
8. Milk: 2 tbs
9. Yogurt: 2 tbs
10. Cardamom Powder: a pinch or 2 drops of vanilla essence


Method:
  1. Pre-heat the oven at 180 degrees for 10 minutes and line/grease the muffin tray.
  2. Take butter (at room temperature) in a bowl and beat it with sugar till it becomes soft and fluffy.
  3. Pour in the yogurt and beat well.
  4. Add in the pulsed banana/banana pulp and cardamom powder/ essence; give a stir.
  5. Sieve the flour, baking powder, soda and salt thrice. 
  6. Fold in this dry mixture to the wet ingredients and fold gently.
  7. Add milk gradually and mix. Avoid over-mixing or the muffins will turn up hard. The mixture should have a ribbon consistency, and it should look aerated and fluffy. 
  8. Spoon it in the muffin pits keeping them 2/3 full. Do not over-fill, since they will puff up on baking, and the batter will pour out.
  9. Bake for 10-15 minutes depending on your oven (mine took 14 minutes exact) till a tooth-pick inserted comes out clean. Also they'll look done when their top goes light golden and the sides brownish golden.
  10. Transfer the tray on a wire rack and let it cool for 5 minutes.
  11. Amazingly, you need not use any knife to scrape the edges of the muffins; they will easily pop out when you hold them up slightly.
  12. Store in an air tight container or consume warm; mine got finished in just 10 minutes. :)

Suggestions:
  1. In place of banana, you may add any fruit pulp or keep it simple without any fruits.
  2. Baking soda and baking powder can be replaced with 1/2 tsp Eno Fruit Salt.
  3. These muffins will not have a highly puffed up top due to the absence of eggs, but the sponge will still be there.
  4. You can top them with jam, cream or chocolate if you don't like them plain.
  5. Don't over-mix the batter; don't over-bake either. 


The recipe takes off to:
Bake Fest by Vardhini hosted by Kalyani,
  Midweek Fiesta at Food Corner,
I'm The Star by  Veg Food and Me, 
Comfort Food by Daily Cuppa,
Any One Can Cook by Ayeesha

32 comments:

  1. thats great... congrats on the new "baking weapons". I too treasure my baking essentials more than anything else in the kitchen. :) and the muffins have come our so well...

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  2. I envy you Anjali. All those bake wares. I think I will feel rich too. I'm yet to get a decent bundt pan here. And to the muffins they look so cutey. lovely texture too.

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  3. Amazing nets u have got in that cake. Mini muffins are so cool and can be made into pops also so easily. They hold themselves swell and look very cute too.
    Love Ash.

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  4. muffin looks so cute. Love the edges of the muffin.

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  5. Congratulations on your new weapons, hope they keep you busy so we get to see more such goodies here. These muffins look really cute. I would be waiting to see how this recipe goes with wheat flour and jaggery. :)

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  6. Baking pans have always been my treasures... Nice flavorful muffins

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  7. Congratulations on your new loot ...... Isn't it an endless wish list , well I would like to call it gust for life ;)

    These mm- mini muffins are adorably cute- my heart skips for anything bite size - just makes it guilt free even if u gulp 5 of'em :)

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  8. muffins are looking so spongy. look at those nets in muffin. love it

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  9. I'm amazed how these egg less banana muffins turned out so moist , lovely a delicious!! Simply divine! :)

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  10. they look super cute.. i made them to & was wodnering why they didn't puff up!! Looking for all lovely wonders u are going to come up with !!

    Ongoing Event : I'm The Star

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  11. Cute muffins !! looks so soft and perfectly baked !!

    Ongoing event CC:Vegan Diet - Plant Based Food

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  12. perfect , yummy and cute muffins dear..really feel like grabbing those :)

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  13. Muffins looks so cute. Perfect texture and looks spongy

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  14. They look very good and I like the name you have given..

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  15. soft and super delicious muffins. lovely presentation as well.

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  16. Yumm! Yumm! Looks absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for linking with Any One Can Cook :)

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  17. Yumm!! You seem to be on a baking spree. The Mini muffins look so cute no wonder your little angel loved it.


    FOODELICIOUS

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  18. So soft and spongy!!clicks are so tempting..loved the cute name of your muffins :)
    Anjana

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  19. this looks so tempting n just awesome!u done it perfectly..nice.
    Maha

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  20. Yummy muffins... They are delicious..

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  21. They look so cute!! Soft and moist...purrrrrfect Anjali :)

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  22. wow this looks awesome,I like the photography too!!! Happy to follow you!!!! do stop by mine!!!!
    Good Food Recipes

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  23. These are too cute! I have made a couple eggless recipes, I may just try this one out too!

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  24. tempting muffins, looks definitely soft.. Love the names you give :-)

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  25. That looks perfect! A great grab and go breakfast:-)Thank u for visiting my space and leaving such lovely words..Glad to follow u and stay tuned to more yummy recipes!

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  26. Muffins look so soft, wonderful! Congratulations dear on getting your new baking treasures! Enjoy!!!

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