The Crazy Kitchen: Time for Elevenses - Bananaberry Muffins

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Tuesday 24 January 2012

Time for Elevenses - Bananaberry Muffins


Whatever happened to Elevenses? When I was a kid we always had elevenses, be it a biscuit or a cake, muffin or a crumpet we had something.

Here's what Wikipedia have to say about Elevenses :
In the United KingdomIreland and some Commonwealth realmselevenses is a snack that is similar to afternoon tea, but eaten in the morning. It is generally less savoury than brunch, and might consist of some cake or biscuits with a cup of coffee or tea. The name refers to the time of day that it is taken: around 11 am.
Winnie the Pooh had Elevenses :
For elevenses, Winnie-the-Pooh preferred honey on bread with condensed milk 

and so did Paddington :
Paddington Bear often took elevenses at the antique shop on Portobello Road run by his friend Mr. Gruber
To be honest I'm lucky if I get breakfast by 11 o'clock usually, I tend to put it off and have a brunch instead, but the kids are different, they usually have breakfast before 8 o'clock so by 11 they're more than ready for a snack.
As Anchor are campaigning to Bring Back Elevenses Jack and I thought we'd use this as an excuse to make some fruity muffins to enjoy as a mid morning snack. Muffins are great to make with kids as they're very quick to make and require very little mixing, unlike cakes.

Bananaberry Muffins

1 egg
120ml milk
50g butter, melted
tsp vanilla extract
2 medium bananas, mashed
100g caster sugar
200g plain flour, sifted
2 tsp baking powder
60g dried cranberries
tsp cinnamon

  • Beat the banana, egg, milk, melted butter, sugar and vanilla together

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  • Add the flour, baking powder, cranberries and cinnamon and stir until combined

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  • Spoon into muffin cases and bake in a 200 degree (C) oven for 20-25 minutes

  • Cool on a wire rack


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