Let me preface this by saying that while these muffins and mini loaves were phenomenally delicious, they were also ugly ducklings. I had decided to take an old tried and true banana bread recipe, add some cinnamon chips and make some muffins. When I opened the oven to see if they were ready to come out, my heart sank. I thought for sure they were going to burn as the outer edges were already getting quite dark and they were quite obviously not yet done in the middle. To top things off, they were flat, no rise at all.
So I closed the oven door, spewed off a few expletives, and cursed the stupid cinnamon chips that are famous for altering the behavior of my baked goods! You see, I had an opened bag of cinnamon chips in the pantry. They needed to be used up and I have tried cinnamon chips in a couple different things without much success. Although, there was the cinnamon chip pumpkin cookies which were truly AH-MAY-ZING. The cinnamon chips changed these from a cake-like cookie to one more like the texture of a chocolate chip cookie. So there’s definitely something in these chips that makes batter behave differently.
I digress. After removing the dozen muffins and two mini loaves from the oven, and seeing just how unattractive they really were, I put them on the cooling rack and walked away in disgust. I even posted my disgust on Facebook, only to discover a while later that these were not only incredible, they were addictive! I ate three muffins before I even realized it. I went out and ran some errands, and came back to find the two mini loaves and only three muffins remaining. They were a huge hit and by morning only one mini loaf remained, and that’s only because I wrapped it in plastic wrap and slapped a note on it that said “MOM”. ;) The next day I had it for breakfast and was bummed that there weren’t any left.
I hope you try these, they are truly marvelous. The cinnamon chips add a chewy texture around the edges, almost caramel-like, and the flavor is way better than any boring old banana bread. :)
Cinnamon Chip Banana Muffins and Loaves
2 very ripe bananas
1/2 cup unsalted butter, butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cinnamon chips
Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour a 12 cup muffin tin and 2 mini loaf pans.
Mashed the bananas with a fork and place in a mixer bowl with softened butter. Mix on medium speed until well blended. Add in the vanilla, eggs, sugar and buttermilk and beat on medium speed until homogenous.
Whisk together baking soda, salt and flour. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add flour mixture to banana mixture. Stir in cinnamon chips.
Divide batter evenly between two mini loaves and a 12 cup muffin tin. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire racks for ten minutes before removing and cooling completely.
Yummy stuff from the web:
Cinnamon Chip Scones – from My Baking Addiction
Banana Cinnamon Chip Bread with Cinnamon Sugar Topping – from Two Peas and Their Pod
Cinnamon Chip Danish – from The Other Side of Fifty
Whole Wheat Cinnamon Chip Pecan Cookies – from Cookie Madness