Friday, 23 September 2011

Hazelnut Banana Muffins


Food Photography - It has become an obsession to me these days...
I agree that i am not very good at it.. and I am still in the learning phase... and like the saying goes "Practice makes you Perfect", I am clicking everything that is edible :-)

I have started submitting pictures to foodgwaker and tastespotting... but every time they get rejected.
Well, I am not disappointed... it gives me a scope to improve and think what I have done wrong.
At last two days back one of my picture was accepted in foodgwaker.... I guess they are easy to please than the tastespotting guys :-)
Anyways, I made my first baby step :-)

I made these muffins along with the Orange muffins on my son's Birthday.. I guess you will enjoy them as much as my son did!!


What you need :

Bananas : 2, ripe
All Purpose Flour : 150 gm
Sugar : 150 gm
Butter : 150 gm, soft at room temperature
Eggs : 3
Lemon juice : 1 Tbsp
Hazelnut :50 gm, finely chopped
Baking Powder : 1 Tbsp
Baking Soda : 1/2 Tbsp
Salt : a pinch
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Centigrade.
  2. Butter and Flour Muffin pan or line it with muffin cups.
  3. Sieve together Flour, Baking powder, Baking soda and salt.
  4. Peel the Bananas, and mash them with the back of a fork and mix in Lemon juice.
  5. Beat Butter, Sugar and Eggs till pale and creamy.
  6. Add Banana and Hazelnut pieces.
  7. Add the flour mixture to the Butter and Egg mixture in batches, and fold gently till everything is mixed well, with a rubber spatula. Do not over mix the batter.
  8. Fill each muffin cup till 3/4th full with batter, using a spoon.
  9. Place in the oven and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 20 minutes.
  10. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for about 5 - 10 minutes before removing from pan.


Food Event :
Srivalli's Kids Delight Party. and
Rak's Sweets/Desserts with Fruits/Veggies started by Niveditha


Chanchal said...

ahh nice combination..The pics are superb :)

Priya said...

Elegant and delicious muffins, fabulous clicks...

meeso said...

Wow, hazelnut and banana sounds like a perfect combo!

kitchen queen said...

awesome spongy muffins.

kankana said...

i tell u what .. do not worry about these sites much. They accept what looks good in 250 by 250 !
As for taste spotting .. they have one reason for rejection .. composition .. it cracks me up at times LOL
I love your photos and we can become good and better only by practice and you are doing it perfectly :) These muffins are looking lovely my friend!

Spandana said...

@Chanchal and Priya.. Thank You
@Meeso.. yeah it is indeed a nice combo :-)
KQ.. Thanks
@Kankana.. That was very encouraging...Thank You so much :-)

Kalyani's Platter said...

delicious and yummy .... lovely clicks too ......

julie said...

Wherever bananas are there, am in.. Lovely muffins, dear!!
You have a lovely space too, glad to follow you :-))
Do drop by my space too ..

Swapna said...

Nice muffins Spandana!
I too am more lucky with Foodgawker but Tsatespotting they only find one reason to reject composition and I still couldn't able to understand what is their definition of composition :D

Sanjeeta kk said...

These muffins look gorgeous!

Spandana said...

@Kalyani..Thank You
@Julie.. Thanks for stopping by..
@Swapna.. hehehe Nice one..if u figure outtheir definition of composition please mail me :-)
@Sangeetha.. Thank You :-)

notyet100 said...

Ummm yummy

Tadka Pasta said...

You're on a muffin-making spree! The kids must've loved these, great combination. And we truly love your pics, they make us hungry and that's what its all about :)

Cham said...

The 2nd pict is cool! Those muffins are moist and perfect!

Happy Cook / Finla said...

I think we all learn bit by bit about photography, muffins looks delicious.

Prathima Rao said...

wow....such droolworthy muffins!!!! You have an awesome space here with eye pleasing photography..:) glad to have stopped by & now following you..Keep rocking!!!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Dr.Sameena Prathap said... those gorgeous muffins..:)


Padhu said...

Beautiful pictures and great combo

Srivalli said...

Spandana those muffins are so pretty..Belated birthday wishes to your lil one..abt the pictures don't bother abt those sites..good if they accept else just carry on!..I know your pictures look beautiful!