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Leena Bakes: Banana Bourbon Chocolate Muffins!

By on Jan 25, 2012 in Breads, Desserts, Fruit, Leena Bakes, Muffins, Recipes | 2 comments

Not too long ago, a pal and fellow food blogger Emily Hanhan of Nomnivorous hosted the first of many supper clubs called Whisky and Salt in the NYC area. In her awesome and drool-inducing post about it, she revealed that she made whisky and chocolate chip muffins as take home gifts from the supper club. I have been looking for an excuse to pop these bad boys out, and a small party with some fellow parents and babies on NYE gave the perfect excuse. But let’s be honest, vacuuming the living room is the perfect excuse for these muffins, they are that damn good. The recipe and heaps of food porn after the jump.         Banana Bourbon Chocolate Muffins : Inspired by a recipe from Very Small Anna http://verysmallanna.com/2011/01/a-balanced-breakfast/ 1 3/4 cup AP flour 3/4 cup sugar 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 cup melted...

Leena Bakes: Healthy Pumpkin Muffins with Dark Chocolate and Pistachio!

By on Oct 25, 2010 in Leena Bakes, Muffins | 0 comments

As the weather here in Northern California slowly starts to grow colder (if you could call 55 F cold–and I do), I find myself craving those traditional, warm, spiced flavors of the winter holidays. And what could be more autumn than pumpkin? Enter my pumpkin pie muffins with dark chocolate and pistachios. Not only is the recipe healthy (one I borrowed from Food Network’s Elie Krieger), but it tastes like something that will make you fat. The recipe and more food porn after the jump. Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Muffins with Dark Chocolate and Pistachios Summary: The base recipe is not mine–it was written by Food Network’s Elie Krieger and her cookbook, The Food You Crave. Ingredients cooking spray 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves...

Leena Bakes: Coconut Chocolate Banana Muffins/Leena Loves Muffin Tops!

By on Mar 31, 2009 in Leena Bakes, Muffins | 0 comments

Ain’t no shame in my muffin top! I’m not ashamed to say that I love me some muffin top. In fact, one could go so far as to say that my muffin tops have saved me from my bad cooking/baking stint–muffin tops to the rescue! Well, in all fairness, the muffin bottoms equally contributed to this victory, but muffin tops are so much more fun to say. I had a surplus of overripe bananas chilling at the homestead, and decided to whip up some banana muffins for a nice breakfast this weekend. I got roped into reading an ultimate banana bread blog round-up, and came across a few with coconut in them. I love me some coconut almost as much as my muffin tops, and I wanted to find a recipe that allowed you to really taste it, along with the banana. So I started with this recipe from Epicurious. I had some coconut milk and shredded coconut in the cupboard, so I added a bit of those as...

Leena Cooks: Chocolate Muffins with Passionfruit Caramel

By on Mar 31, 2009 in Leena Bakes, Muffins | 2 comments

No muffin tops here! At least until we eat this muffin…then, no promises. As promised, this is the first annual Monday of Leena Eats, where I will be talking about what I have been cooking lately. I was looking for a quick dessert to bake for a casual dinner party with friends, and I really wanted it to be chocolate, even though the only chocolate I had in the house was organic cocoa powder. That is when I happened upon Alton Brown’s chocolate muffin recipe from his book, I’m Just Here For More Food. All cocoa powder! Score! I made the muffins, which were pretty easy as far as muffins go, especially with Alton’s awesome cookbook. When they finished, they were good…but a bit dry. I dug around in my fridge until I found the magic ingredient: leftover caramel candy that never hardened! I originally made this recipe from Ina Garten on Food Network for New...

Corn Muffin Madness!

By on Jul 3, 2008 in Leena Bakes, Muffins | 18 comments

Damn girl, I would love to break me off a piece of that muffin. One day at the Central Market, I saw a cornbread muffin filled with ricotta and pesto. It stopped me in my tracks. It was like the other 500 people in the market suddenly disappeared, and there was just me and this muffin. I approached it slowly, trying to figure out if it actually existed, or if I was just hungrily hallucinating. I stared for a long time. I poked it. I whispered sweet nothings into its ear. Around the time we were deciding if we should raise our kids on the East Coast or the West, I was bullied into buying it by the store vendor (I think he saw me drool a little on it). It was incredibly delicious, the bread was light and fluffy and the sweet and creamy ricotta balanced the intense pesto nicely. And then it was gone as quickly as it had appeared. I had nothing to whisper sweet nothings into, nothing to...