Banana Nut Muffins
Yield: Makes 14 to 16 muffins.
These have a nice firm texture that allows them to be served warm and spread with butter without falling apart. -- Academy Place Bed and Breakfast, Orleans, Massachusetts
Ingredients:2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons shortening
1 cup chopped walnuts
3 ripe medium-sized bananas, mashed
1/3 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. With a pastry blender, work in the shortening until mixture is crumbly. Stir in the nuts.
In a separate bowl, combine the banana, eggs, milk, and vanilla. Stir the banana mixture into the dry ingredients until well blended.
Spoon into paper-lined muffin tins or tins that have been greased or coated with nonstick cooking spray and bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes.