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Bananas Foster Muffin Recipe

What’s better than regular old muffins?  I’ll tell you – Bananas Foster muffins!  This muffin recipe idea came to me while at a wedding last Saturday night.  I knew that I was going to be making some type of muffin on Sunday – I was thinking pumpkin banana nut – BUT at this wedding was a Bananas Foster station.

Bananas Foster Muffin I was inspired – why not make a Bananas Foster muffin? They have many ingredients in common already – fruit (banana), fat (butter), and sugar, to name a few. The only major difference between normal muffins and Bananas Foster muffins is the addition of rum – which can only be viewed as a significant improvement if you ask me.  But don’t worry, the alcohol bakes out so these aren’t for adults only.

So let’s talk a little more about Bananas Foster, our ingredients and the method for making muffins then we’ll get on to the recipe.

Flour, Eggs and CinnamonBananas Foster originated in my fair city of New Orleans in the early 1950’s at Brennan’s Restaurant.  The traditional ingredients are bananas, butter, brown sugar, banana rum, dark rum and cinnamon.  These ingredients are typically flambéed table side and served over vanilla ice cream.   I worked at a restaurant where we served it over a vanilla soufflé. That was amazing.  I made so. many. soufflés. while working there.  Always a good skill to have.

Banana rum with vanilla extract and sliced banana

So our ingredients are pretty standard as you can see below.  I suggest using bananas that are a few days old. These are much sweeter and will be less starchy than a super fresh banana.  Also below you’ll that see I’ve called for two bananas to be mashed and one sliced.  The mashed bananas allow the banana flavor to permeate the batter.  The sliced banana gives each muffin delicious large banana bites.  A trick to easily mashing bananas is to mash them while still in the skin.  Gently smash but don’t break the skin until you’re ready to add it to the mixing bowl.

Bananas in Foster Sauce

I also call below for you to basically make a Bananas Foster sauce and then fold the dry ingredients into that to make a batter.  First you’ll want to allow your bananas mixture to cool because if you add eggs to a hot Bananas Foster mixture, you will curdle the eggs, and that’s no good.  Overall the prep time is short on this recipe, which is nice and one thing I really like.  Less cooking, more eating.

Bananas mixed into Foster Sauce

You may have noticed me mentioning the term “folding.”  People who bake often will likely know what this is, but some of you may not.  Most of the time, we tend to stir bowls – spoon in the middle and mixing the ingredients in a circular motion.  Folding is a more delicate process for items like batters or things using fluffed egg whites (like meringues).  Folding calls for adding in the ingredients slowly and incorporating in a bottom-to-top manner.  The point is to keep the volume and disrupt the ingredients as little as possible.  This YouTube video gives a great demo within the first 30 seconds.

Muffin Cups filled with batter

A special note about the rum.  A few years ago a friend of mine was cooking on charter boats in St. Martin.  She brought me back a small bottle of hand-made banana rum.  I have hoarded this using it very sparingly, and that’s what I used for these muffins.  Perfect. I also use the banana rum to spike my eggnog during the holiday season.  The perfect holiday treat, if you ask me.   I’ve called below for any light rum.  If you want to get adventurous, you can use dark rum like Myers’s rum, but that might give a pervading rum flavor to the batter.  If that’s what you’re going for – do it.  Just be aware.

Muffin cups filled with batter

Finally, these muffins do store well in the fridge for up to a week.  I don’t know how they manage to last that long but sometimes they do.  Just warm in it the microwave wrapped in a  damp paper towel for 30 seconds and you’ll be set.

Baked Bananas Foster Muffins

On to the recipe!

Yield: 12 muffins

Bananas Foster Muffin Recipe

This muffin recipe incorporates all the best parts of Bananas Foster - brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and of course rum!

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 bananas, two mashed + one sliced
  • 2 tablespoons light rum
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 ºF.
  2. In a medium-sized skillet over medium low heat, melt the butter.
  3. Once the butter is melted, add the brown sugar and rum. Mix well to dissolve in the butter.
  4. Add the mashed and sliced bananas. Stir well until the bananas start to look glossy and softened.
  5. Remove the banana mixture from the heat and allow it to cool for 10 minutes.
  6. While the bananas are cooling, do steps 7 and 8:
  7. In a small bowl, combine first four dry ingredients. Mix well and set aside.
  8. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the egg, egg white and vanilla extract. Whisk well and set aside for now.
  9. Once the banana mixture is cooled down, add it into the egg and vanilla mixture. Stir well to combine.
  10. Carefully fold in the dry ingredients.
  11. Divide batter in muffin pan lined with muffin cups.
  12. Bake for 25 minutes.

Prep:15 min

Cook:25 min

Total:40 min

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