Sunday, February 26, 2012

Apple Banana Muffins and a giveaway!

Move over, blueberry crumb muffins, because there's a new favourite muffin around here-- apple banana muffins.
This is one of those 'forever a bookmark but never a muffin' recipes, that finally got its chance to shine last week. And thank god, because it delivered. I've made a few attempts to write how delicious it is, but they ended up strangely creepy and erotic sounding, so just trust that they're amazing, okay? I made a few minor changes to include whole wheat flour, flax, and less sugar.

And now what you're actually here for: the giveaway!

Since I love all of you (even the ones who e-yell at me for the swears), I've decided to give away a copy of one of my favourite go-to baking books, The Williams-Sonoma Baking Book. Every recipe I've tried out of it is a winner, and I've posted about quite a few of them, so it just seems unfair not to pass on the love.

How do I enter, you ask? Here's how:

1. Leave a comment saying something. Your favourite recipe, what you'd do with the book (please no burning), a favourite post of mine-- really anything.

For extra entries:

1. Like my new Facebook page and indicate in your comment (or a new one) that you're a fan.
2. Tweet about the giveaway. Something like "I just entered to win the Williams-Sonoma Baking Book from @leannebakes http://leannebakes.blogspot.com/2012/02/apple-banana-muffins-and-giveaway.html". Again, leave a comment letting me know you did.
3. Share with you friends! Sharing is caring, so comment if you passed along.

Contest closes March 12th, 2012, and is open to residents of Canada and the US. Good luck!



Apple Banana Muffins
adapted from Crepes of Wrath

For the apples:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons firmly packed dark or golden brown sugar
3 apples (any type), peeled and shredded (with a grater)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the banana bread:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
¼ cup milled flax seeds (whole will suffice)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups very ripe mashed bananas (2 to 3)

1. Position a rack in the center of your oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray 24 muffin tins (feel free to half this recipe for less).

2. Preheat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the butter and brown sugar and heat until bubbling. Add the apples and cinnamon and sauté until golden and tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the vanilla. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt.
4. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

5. In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice and vanilla.

6. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in three batches, alternating with the lemon juice mixture, mixing well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl after each flour addition. Stir in the mashed bananas until combined. Then stir in the reserved apples.

7. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin tins. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the tops are golden. Allow to cool in the pan before removing.




33 comments:

  1. Let me tell you about my favorite recipe...Crepes!
    I used to beg my mother to make them, only to inhale the whole stack in a few minutes.
    Now, as an adult, I consider it a special treat and make it once every few months....
    I'd love to win the book!

    and thank you!
    Elena

    wildorchad@rambler.ru

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  2. Love your blog! I am also a fb fan too!

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  3. I would loveee to win! I'm in Europe right now, and you just made me a little homesick for Williams-Sonoma haha

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  4. My favorite photo of yours is your fried chicken! I love the way it looked. It was as if I could taste it! But my favorite food of all time is Pad See Ew. SO delicious!!!

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  5. My favourite recipe to make is Anzac Cookies! Everyone loves them and they are so simple to whip up. :)

    I tweeted about your giveaway here: https://twitter.com/#!/awesome_tacos/status/174269825093345280

    Thank you!

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  6. Omg, I've been watching this blog for sometime now, and the pictures of your food are almost as beautiful as you! If I win the contest, can we have a date instead?

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  7. Love your blog! It's always fun to check out a new cookbook!

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  8. I'd absolutely love to win this and I'd make a coffee cake from the cookbook!

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  9. I like you on facebook as Jessica F!

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  10. tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/jfong123/status/174348419408736256

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  11. I love to have muffins for breakfast, so I'd really enjoy this book.

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  12. I tweeted https://twitter.com/#!/RenataYvonne/status/174899668491317248

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  13. I've been really into muffins lately. I just made a batch of cranberry muffins and froze them. Now I can have them whenever I want!

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  14. I just tweeted about the giveaway

    https://twitter.com/#!/donna_cairns/status/175624673005027328

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  15. I love your blog, and your cursing. Made the buttermilk fried chicken a couple weeks ago. It was amazing, and I can't wait to make these.

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  16. Just became a fan of your new Facebook page!

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  17. Andddd shared with my boyfriend and food-loving best friend :)

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  18. I'm catering my friend's 23rd birthday party and needed a solid party cupcake... I absolutely love your funfetti recipe that you posted. The funfetti part was amazing but the chocolate frosting just hit it out of the park. It was definitely a hit amongst the crowd. Hope I win the Williams-Sonoma Book! That's where I go when my friends go clothes shopping in the mall after a pay check :)

    Dana Hannsgen
    dbhannsgen@loyola.edu

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  19. I've heard lots of good things about that cookbook, but I've never gotten my hands on one. Maybe now's my chance. :)
    Beautiful blog! I can't wait to try a recipe!
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  20. I love cookbooks and would proudly display it on my cookbook bookcase

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  21. I love baking, it's my favorite thing, so any recipes for sweets or breads are always welcome in my kitchen!

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  22. I just liked your page on Facebook!
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  24. Yum! Apple Banana muffins sound yummy. I just lost 30 lbs, and am now determined to eat healthier! The cookbook would be great to help with my vow to make mire homecooked meals!

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  25. I love all Cook books...I am definitely a fan of your blog and your page on facebook! Your recipes are amazing! Please keep them coming!!

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  26. I love cookbooks! and I've been a FB fan of your page since day one ;)

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  31. I already like you on Facebook- I think I've been a fan since the first day! I would love to see this cookbook on my shelf!

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  32. I've discovered a new love of baking and cooking and your website always makes me giggle so I only use your baking recipes now and these were delicious. I also made the no-bake chocolate peanut butter squares. They were frighteningly good.

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