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Cranberry Banana Mini Muffins

Cranberry Banana Mini Muffins

Cranberry Banana Mini Muffins

Yesterday, my favorite blogger, David Lebovitz, began his post initially considering that he might have been a bit late to the party providing cranberry recipes after Thanksgiving.

Given the title, Cranberry, Raisin Pie, I didn’t begin panicking that I myself had indeed published an old fashioned All American style cranberry sauce recipe post-Thanksgiving.

And I even admit to being rather pleased with myself that today’s cranberry banana mini muffins were ready prepared for today’s post as he went on to express that this was perhaps the best time for cranberry recipes given the fresh market glut at this time.

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Of course, David Lebovitz, now lives in Paris. A place I feel I could use a trip to about now, despite the holiday season, and Christmas Carols reinforcing the theme that there’s no place like home for the holidays and all that.

Yesterday, I prepared the dining table with a stream of mixed fresh greens some with berries, highlighting assorted natural, and gold details, so I suppose that now makes me somehow committed.

Anyway, back to the cranberries, yesterday, I found out I actually have something in common with David Lebovitz, that is, he also buys cranberries to stash and freeze which I do annually upon their arrival then enabling various preparations throughout the year.

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Lebovitz: ‘Oh my God, this is like my millionth photo with a food blogger, get me out of here.’ ‘Get me back to my emails where the subject line says, David, friends of ours are coming to Paris soon, very soon, you must get-together.’

Me: ‘ I flew to this conference because I love your writing. I’ve never written any whining, nagging, or irritating comments on your posts like some of your readers. They’ve run out of your new cookbook, My Paris Kitchen, that I really wanted and counted on getting autographed. I would be here for very few people, practically no one in fact, come on now David, smile and take the damn picture.’

Cranberry Banana Mini Muffins

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Category: Breads and Muffins

Cuisine: American Homestyle

Yield: 30

Cranberry Banana Mini Muffins

Ingredients

  • spray cooking oil such as Pam for greasing mini muffin tins
  • 1/2 cup butter, very, very soft
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (use 1 teaspoon if not using Cointreau liquor below)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cointreau
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 overripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup cranberries, chopped coarse in a food processor

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease mini muffin tins using spray cooking oil
  3. Stir together the flour and baking soda
  4. In a mixing bowl, mash the overripe bananas well, then stir in the chopped cranberries
  5. Using an electric mixer, cream softened butter pouring in the sugar a bit at a time until well incorporated, continuing to beat until fluffy
  6. Drop in one egg at a time mixing well upon each addition
  7. Add in Greek yogurt, vanilla, and Cointreau
  8. Pour in the flour in three parts mixing well before each addition
  9. Turn off mixer, stir in the bananas and cranberries
  10. Place a scoop of the banana and cranberry batter filling a little more than halfway into each mini muffin tin
  11. Set muffin tin onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake muffins for twenty-five to thirty minutes, approximately, until an inserted toothpick emerges clean
  12. Cool around five minutes in the muffin tin, remove muffins, and finish cooling on a baking rack
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8 Comments

  1. Posted December 12, 2014 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Well these surely look amazing! I have them pinned and shared. Can’t wait to make them!
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    • Posted December 15, 2014 at 9:24 am | Permalink

      Hi Carolann, Thanks so much. These muffins are delightful and quite easy to prepare, hope you enjoy!

  2. Posted December 13, 2014 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    The muffins look fabulous! The sweet banana must offset the tart cranberry splendidly. Jealous of your Lebovitz picture, even if he was snarky. 🙂 He was appearing at Shakespeare and Company to promote his new book the day after our departure. Bad timing, but there’s always next time….and if you can go, go.. Audrey Hepburn was right…Paris is always a good idea. Happy weekend to you.
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    • Posted December 15, 2014 at 9:23 am | Permalink

      Hi Kelly, I think you would enjoy these muffins and I liked trying them with the Greek yogurt that also provided a nice balance between the sweet and tart. Its always a good day when a Lebovitz post pops up into my inbox, I do enjoy reading him tremendously. On the snarky, actually in real life he was quite nice enough, and in fairness, suitably gracious, not snarky. Of course, when one gets to know him through his writing, you just know what he is thinking, all part and parcel. On my next visit to Paris, I will be searching some Lebovitz back posts on where to eat, as believe it or not, in four trips to Paris (around the dawn of the internet but not early enough for blogs) I have enjoyed many wonderful moments of cheese, charcuterie, and wine, at varying establishments through this magnificent city but have also been befuddled to experience a really great meal. Crazy I know, but true. Still, Audrey Hepburn did have it right, Paris is always a good idea.

  3. TheKitchenLioness
    Posted December 13, 2014 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    Dear Peggy, wonderful recipe for muffins – the sweetness of the ripe bananas, the tartness from the cranberries (they are still hard to find fresh around here) and from the Greek jogurt – moist, delicious and just wonderfully presented! Nice picture of you and David Lebovitz – I was considering of adding his latest cookbook to my Christmas wish list but I got side-tracked and then opted for another cookbook but I will add it to my next wishlist…so many books, so little time to cook from all of them…
    Hope you are having a lovely weekend,
    Andrea

    • Posted December 15, 2014 at 8:59 am | Permalink

      Hello Dear Andrea, yes, this is indeed a lovely recipe for banana cranberry muffins and the use of the Greek yogurt provides a very good balance of moistness and the tart combined with the sweet. I do love David Lebovitz and often find him hilarious in that subtle sort of way. This too, combined with being immensely interesting in his adventures on places to visit and dine, good recipes, and being an overall good observer and writer. I’m enjoying too your seasonal specialties in Germany over this Christmas season and the ginger cookies you posted the other day look divine, as always, thanks for the history, and good stories too.

  4. Posted December 15, 2014 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Nothing wrong with cranberries after Thanksgiving! I could eat those muffins every season! Thanks for sharing another great recipe!
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    • Posted December 17, 2014 at 8:45 am | Permalink

      Hi Phil, agreed. I love cranberries and enjoy them year round,including dried cranberries, now available at most any supermarket alongside other delicious dried fruits as raisins, currants, and apricots.These muffins with the fresh cranberries and bananas may be enjoyed any time of the year, provided you stash your fresh bags in the freezer as available in the fall. Thanks for joining in.

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