Banana and Chocolate Muffins in the Dark

After my first attempt at making muffins, that time when it went ridiculously wrong, I tried again recently. This time, obstacles made an appearance in the form of a power cut in the middle of my muffin making session…

That other time, (that first time), I was an innocent novice and the muffin mixture overflowed through the paper cups. Silly me. Since then I’ve bought some mini silicone baking cups. I must say I’m very happy with them. I own a big silicone mold for cakes and I quite dislike it. The first time I poured my cake mixture inside it and picked it up, the soft mold just deformed and everything nearly spilled out. No worries now though, as I’ve learnt how to carry it around more gracefully. However, before buying the mini silicone baking cups I read reviews around the internet, and they said that due to their small size they’re very easy to handle. Yes, they’ve proved to be a winner!

Banana and chocolate muffins

Anyhow, this time I was making these banana and chocolate muffins when the power went off in the whole block in my neighbourhood. Sitting there in the dark and cold, all the typical electricity-less thoughts ran through my head. How on earth did people cope before electricity? Candles don’t quite do the same job. With the current world population of over 7 billion people, surely the way we consume power can’t continue like this for much longer. Surely the world will undergo some kind of power crisis before things must change.

Then I got out my eReader. Thank goodness for my eReader, as its screen can be lit up in the dark. I was reading away when about one hour later I remembered I had all this muffin mixture. I decided I would somehow turn it into banana and chocolate pancakes. I currently have a gas stove. I finished mixing in the chocolate, with the guidance of the light of one candle, and was just about to start making pancakes when the power came back on. Finally, the muffin making was a success.

Banana chocolate muffins

Ingredients:

2 ripe medium bananas

125g cooking chocolate

1 2/3 cups flour

2 eggs

1 cup sour-milk

3/4 cup sugar

100g butter

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Melt the butter along with the chocolate over very low heat or over a Bain Marie. Peel and cut the bananas into pieces. Put in a large bowl and add the rest of the ingredients – except for the butter and chocolate. Mix. I did it with an electric mixer to make sure the banana would be very mixed into the whole thing.

Then the power went off.

One hour later, I added the melted butter and chocolate, which had begun to solidify in the current cold winter weather. Or I think so anyway. It was too dark to tell properly. Mix.

Then the power came back on.

Pour into the muffin molds and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

Thank you for reading!

32 Comments

  1. That other cook... 2013-12-10 at 22:59

    these turned out so good! power outage and all, you can’t be stopped!

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    1. Sofia 2013-12-14 at 21:46

      I bet that you would do something super creative in a power cut too!

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  2. Kelly FlatEleven 2013-12-10 at 23:06

    These look so lovely! And sound delicious. I’m very impressed at how persistent you were with your baking… I think I might have caved and cooked the pancakes! I’ll have to try out these muffins soon though, thanks! X

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    1. Sofia 2013-12-14 at 21:47

      Thanks, I think the bananas make them very wholesome and give them a bit of a healthy edge to them 😉 xx

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    1. Sofia 2013-12-14 at 21:47

      Thanks, they were 🙂

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  3. pianolearner 2013-12-10 at 23:42

    very tasty looking. I’ll send you a jiffy bag and pay for a self addressed envelope 😉

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    1. Sofia 2013-12-14 at 21:49

      Hehehe I’m sure you make wonderful muffins then I’ll send you a jiffy bag and self addressed envelope too 🙂

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  4. Johnny Hepburn 2013-12-10 at 23:48

    These look really good as they’ve domed beautifully. I’d be more than happy with those! And good to know about the silicone baking cups. Even though I do have a muffin tin as I’m usually making less than twelve it’s so much hassle trying to clean it!

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    1. Sofia 2013-12-14 at 21:51

      To tell you the truth I still haven’t discovered the scientific reasoning to muffin doming. Some batches turn out like this and some batches turn out flat… Yeah, I’m very happy with the silicone cups. Also, they cool down quickly, so if you need to make a lot of muffins, you take them out of the oven and in a short while you can take the muffins out with your fingers and make more muffins! Oh yeah, they’re very easy to clean too.

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  5. British Blokes Cooking 2013-12-11 at 01:04

    Excellent! Well done. We’ve also been without electricity a couple of times recently but have no gas…must give these a go!

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    1. Sofia 2013-12-14 at 21:51

      Enjoy if you do make them! 🙂

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  6. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward 2013-12-11 at 01:11

    Oh, Sofia… What a lovely tale. You overcame the obstacles of: the first muffin attempt… the cake spill out of the silicon baking dish… an power outages… and eventually, a very successful baking endeavour. SO glad they power did NOT go out when the muffins were in the oven. Banana-chocolate pancakes sound quite delightful, though. 🙂 Quite a splendid recipe. I like that you call buttermilk “sour milk.” It sounds better that way. Did you know that you can make your own sour milk by adding 1 Tbsp. of vinegar to a cup of regular milk? Nice little trick there. Thank you for sharing. I so enjoyed reading! Warm regards, Shanna

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    1. Sofia 2013-12-14 at 21:59

      Hi Shanna! I think buttermilk and sour milk may be the same thing. Yeah they don’t sell it here so I make the own by adding either vinegar, as you say, or lemon (we should make a post on this). xx

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      1. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward 2013-12-15 at 01:07

        Sofia – You could mention the way you make your sour milk / buttermilk in your notes. It is a good trick to share. Yes, it would be neat to share this method in a post. Have a nice night! It’s late in Spain! Best – Shanna

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  7. Sunny 2013-12-11 at 01:16

    Oh yum! I have to give this a go at some point. I’m glad the electricity came back on just on time! This summer when I was away, the electricity box (not too sure if that’s how you call it, but hopefully you know what I’m talking about) across the street exploded for no apparent reason. The fiance said the cats were a bit freaked out, and the electricity went out for some hours. Fortunately it was in the afternoon, and the power was back by the evening. It was summer as well, so it wasn’t nearly as bad. I’d go nuts if I can’t even read something, but I don’t have an e-reader!

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    1. Sofia 2013-12-14 at 22:00

      Oh no, poor kitties! It’s true its not so bad in summer, because the power cut also implied that we were beginning to get quite cold…

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    1. Sofia 2013-12-11 at 22:54

      Terima kasih mas! Saya fikir pisangnya bikin terjadi lebih enak! 🙂 (I’m not sure of the spelling, lol)

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  8. apartmentwife 2013-12-11 at 17:00

    these look delicious – i’ve been making banana chocolate oatmeal cookies a lot lately. maybe time to switch it up? i have to tell you though, i’ve never heard of sour milk?

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    1. Sofia 2013-12-14 at 22:01

      Maybe sour milk is what they say in the UK, I don’t know, I think its what you call buttermilk? Hmm banana oatmeal cookies sound great, I made it in cake version recently too 🙂

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  9. natalie 2013-12-12 at 00:35

    This sounds so tasty! I’m glad the power was around when you really needed it, haha.

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    1. Sofia 2013-12-15 at 19:55

      Yeah, I’m glad I came back on, even if it were just for all the other normal life activities 😉

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  10. Saskia (1=2) 2013-12-12 at 05:05

    These look gorgeous Sofia! Lovely post. I own a silicon loaf pan and like you, the first time I handled it, my cake mix spilled everywhere. Now I’ve mastered it though, I love it. Wonder if this mixture would work well in a loaf pan??

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    1. Sofia 2013-12-14 at 22:02

      So I’m not the only one then 🙂 Yeah you really do need to think of how to pick it up! I think this would work well in a loaf pan!

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  11. Mabel Kwong 2013-12-12 at 06:32

    It looks so good! Banana and chocolate – one of my favourite combinations! I hoped they tasted nice 🙂

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    1. Sofia 2013-12-15 at 19:55

      It did, thanks Mabel! xx

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  12. Dalo 2013 2013-12-20 at 00:39

    Wonderful (I love chocolate and bananas) and congratulations. I think back to your first “adventures” in muffin-making and smile a bit at the result 🙂 Enjoy Sofia!

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    1. Sofia 2013-12-21 at 10:22

      If you like bananas and chocolate you have good taste 😉 Since then I’ve done a lot of baking and am really enjoying it!

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