Banana’s parting gift: golden chocolatey goodness

by Patricia on January 16, 2009 · 2 comments

And I’m back. Finally. After Monterey for the weekend, I flew to Santa Monica for work. It was only for 2 days, but I was already missing home before I went so when I got back, I was ready to be home. I missed my kitchen. And I missed my kitties:

Raven (doesn’t like the flash)

Cute, right? What’s not to miss?

Anyway, I woke up this morning with a burning desire… to bake something…anything. So instead of 20 minutes of yoga (which I started doing in the mornings about 2 weeks ago), I baked. And it was the right decision. Although I’ve found the yoga to be relaxing and invigorating all at the same time, baking filled a void and calmed my restless spirit. I need to make things. When I don’t, I go a little stir crazy.

But I digress. I am here to tell you about what I baked. Two bananas on the counter cried out with their last breath to be used, so I did what any humane person would do. I searched for a banana cake recipe. What I found was not just banana cake. It turned out to be amazing and delicious banana cake. I found this recipe for Banana Mini Cakes from Dorie Greenspan on Serious Eats. I’m a Dorie newbie. I recently stumbled upon Tuesdays with Dorie which is a loyal group of bakers who every Tuesday post the creation of the week (chosen in advance from Dorie’s Baking from My Home to Yours, so every one bakes the same thing). I have not joined this group yet. I’m not sure I’m up for a weekly commitment. But I am very tempted to press “Proceed to Checkout” on my Amazon cart (where this book is waiting).

banana mini-cakes

It was an easy recipe to make. I made it while I made oatmeal for breakfast. It took longer than the oatmeal, but not by too much. I used milk chocolate chips from Trader Joe’s because I already had some open. I think these would be equally as good with semi-sweet or dark chocolate.

The hardest part was prying the first piping hot cake from the muffin tin without burning my fingers. D. and I split the first one. Then I sent some to work with him. I’ve eaten 3 myself and am tempted to have one more before bed. This has not been a day of eating light but I am satisfied. And I’m home.


1 Brownies for Dinner January 17, 2009 at 11:37 pm

Baking is definitely more fun but yoga is a little kinder to the waistline. But sometimes you’ve just got to bake something :)

2 Maggie January 16, 2009 at 9:59 pm

Ahh, the killer baking urge. She is hard to resist and more relaxing than yoga (which I love but really baking is more fun). I love Cookie’s little white moustache markings!

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