When you start your own website/blog, you have to be prepared to work on A LOT of different aspects of it. So besides being author, photographer and co-chef of Quattromani, I am now also in charge of SEO (for those of you who don’t know that stands for search engine optimization). Don’t feel bad, I only found out recently myself! To be honest, when you’re doing something you love, and especially when you see something you created continue to grow, you really don’t feel like it’s a chore, or something you HAVE to do. Actually, it kind of works perfectly, ’cause at least now I finally have a valid excuse for being on Facebook all the time!
I spent all of last night working on perfecting our brand new, fabulous facebook fan page, which so many of you so kindly decided to follow (THANK YOU!!), and all the while, I was thinking of the perfect recipe to celebrate the birth of yet another bit of Quattromani.
This morning was a somewhat traumatic one. And the reason for that is I had to wake up at 6:15!! Honest to God, I cannot remember the last time I woke up that early!! And since I am a night-creature and have horrific sleeping habits (anyone have any suggestions for a good nights’ sleep?), I only ended up sleeping 3/4 hours, tops!! Like always, I was extremely cold when I left the house (the fact that it was 0˚C and very windy did not help in the matter), and since I also had to rush my breakfast, I just couldn’t shake off the mad desire for tea and cake.
If you read our post on coffee cake, you will remember that we made loads of extra baking mix, so that we could use it again to make some other gorgeous dessert. Well, this morning’s events made me think…the time has come. So with Bruno Mars’ Locked Out of Heaven playing in the background, we dove into another one of our favorite recipes.
Anyone fancy a banana muffin with a hot cup of tea? Yes, please! And the recipe couldn’t be any easier!!
3 cups half’n’half baking mix
4 Tbsp brown sugar
1 cup milk
4 Tbsp butter, melted
1 cup fruit (bananas, apples, blueberries…all work wonders)
1/2 cup chopped nuts or seeds
1 Tbsp cinnamon (best if you make apple muffins)
Beat the sugar, milk, egg and melted butter until smooth. Pour into the baking mix just until moistened. You want it to be lumpy to get a nice texture in your muffins. Fold in the fruit and/or nuts. Fill the greased muffin tins with the muffin mixture and top each muffin with a little cube/slice of your chosen fruit. Bake at 220˚C for 20 minutes. Put a pot of tea on the stove and you’re ready to go!!