May 4, 2009

Pecan Pie and Banana Nut Muffins

I'm moving in less than a month and will be coming into a lot of free time in approximately 48 hours. What to do but bake? I have a lot of stuff in my pantry that needs to be eaten, and baking is the best way I know to use up ingredients pre-move.

I've had some recipes from Simply Recipes waiting, so I decided to take the opportunity to try them. First up is a classic pecan pie, which, for the record, I always seem to screw up.

This recipe is delightful, though, and the added molasses and brown sugar makes for a dark filling that isn't too syrupy sweet.

For the record, I was able to eat a quarter of the pie in one sitting, something I would never be able to do with a regular pecan pie.

Grade: B+

The second recipe I butchered is Elise's take on banana nut muffins. Of course, I only had one banana in the house, so I had to dramatically abbreviate and alter the recipe and combine it with a package of banana nut muffin mix.

Despite all my attempts to the contrary, this recipe turned out quite well.

They're basically your classic banana nut muffin. The mashed banana makes them much more moist than muffins from the package, though.

Grade: A-

I will be reviewing some other recipes in the coming weeks. The fewer non-perishables I move with, the better. I inherited almost a dozen red delicious apples, so expect some awkward apple recipes soon.


  1. I'm going to use my Symposium bananas to make some muffins tomorrow. I've found an amazing recipe a few weeks ago and if I make the muffins tomorrow, my family can help me eat them.

  2. The muffins and pie look delicious! You are cooking up a wonderful array of dishes here.

  3. That pie looks so delicious- only a B+? Yum! -e