Strawberry and Banana Muffins

March 26th, 2011

Bubba Bee and I had another messy time today. We do have lots of messy time of either painting, potting plants and now a bit of baking. Last time Bubba Bee baked banana bread and it came out more moist than mine has ever been!

Today, as I again had some riped bananas and a bowl of strawberries, Bubba Bee made strawberry and banana muffins.

Let me stress that I only help Bubba Bee a bit as she is obviously too young to operate the oven!

I got the main recipe from the Joy of Baking website.


115g buttery margarine, melted
2 tbsp molasses
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large bananas, mashed
1 cup strawberries, chopped into small pieces
300g plain flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon

  • > Preheat oven on gas mark 4/180C/350F.
    > Mix the molasses, eggs, vanilla extract and mashed bananas in a bowl and add melted butter to the mix.
    > In another bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and ground cinnamon. Add the chopped strawberries and coat them well with the dry mixture as this will help stop the strawberries from sinking.
    > Pour the wet mix to the dry mix and stir until mixture just combined. Do not over stir as this may result in tough muffin.
    > Divide the mixture evenly into a 12 muffin tray.
    > Place the muffin tray in the middle of the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until the skewer comes out clean when inserted to the centre.

ENJOY! Bubba did :)

Jemput-Jemput Pisang

March 10th, 2011

What can you do with over ripe bananas?

Make jemput-jemput pisang or also known as cucur pisang or I guess if you translate it to English mashed banana fritters… I’m not sure about that though… maybe banana balls describes it better.

Anyway, it has Bubba Bee’s seal of approval… but I have to warn you that this is deep fried stuff so very oily! It’s best if you seriously drain in on a few kitchen towels!




Corn oil for deep frying
4 very ripe bananas
4 tbsp (heaps) self raising flour
1 egg

  • > Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan.
  • > Mash the bananas and mix it well with the other ingredients. It should make a thick paste. If it is still runny, just add more flour.
  • > Scoop a table spoon of the paste and drop it in the hot oil. Repeat until you think there are enough banana balls in the wok and you can still easily turn them over.
  • > Fry each side for about a minute or until it turns golden brown.
  • > Drain in on lots of kitchen towel and it’s ready to be served… hot or cold.

NB: Although I chose the baby/toddler safe category… I do not recommend it to babies under one.

IF: Warning

March 8th, 2011

I haven’t had much time to do any illustration but that does not stop me from encouraging Bubba Bee and have some messy time with her! So, here is Bubba Bee’s entry for Illustration Friday

Friday 4 March by Bubba Bee age 18 months.