It's cold in Paris.
I left Montreal, and it was basically summer. Shorts weather. Seriously. I arrived in Paris in a winter coat with rain splashing on my face.
I'm sliiiiiiightly bummed about leaving the homeland. It was really wonderful seeing all of my friends and family. I had more than one late night swinging session on my favourite swings. I perhaps also had more than one trip (read: everyday) to my favourite ice cream shop in the entire world. Thankfully I also walked a lot around the city...
But, alas, I'm back! And to welcome the new-found frost (okay, I'm exaggerating... let's call it autumn) in my life, WE ARE MAKING MUFFINS!
Not just any muffins - FALL MUFFINS! Muffins that make you want to curl up with a coffee and a book and make you forget about the rain outside! Muffins with squash and bananas and maple syrup and walnuts and cinnamon. Muffins with... MAGIC!
Butternut Squash and Banana Muffins - What you need:
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup pureed butternut squash (I roasted a whole butternut squash, and then squashed it)
- 1/2 cup mashed banana (approximately 1 medium banana)
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons oil (I used olive oil here, but a vegetable oil or coconut oil would be just fine)
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Butternut Squash and Banana Muffins - What you do:
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celsius (350 Fahrenheit), and prepare a muffin pan by lining it with muffin cups or greasing it with butter/margarine.
In a large bowl, stir together the flours, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside. (= dry mixture.)
In a medium bowl, whisk together the butternut squash, banana, maple syrup, and oil. (= wet mixture.)
Add the dry mixture into the wet mixture and stir until combined. Fold in the walnuts.
Spoon the muffin batter into the prepared muffin cup so that it's filled almost to the top. Repeat until all the muffins are filled. This recipe makes 12 muffins.
Bake at 180 celsius for 22 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Allow the muffins to cool slightly before noshing.
Baking soundtrack - Tunes to inspire your inner baker:
I went to see Born Ruffians last night! They're Canadian! They're great!
It was a really fun show... probably the most hopping and bopping I've ever seen in France. People were amped. It was fun. (Did I mention that I had fun?)
They didn't play either of my two favourite songs, but I'll totally forgive them... and just share one of them here!