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Nigella banana muffin fiasco

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milkmoustache Mon 04-May-09 16:19:49

Got How to be a Dom Goddess and settled down to make her banana muffins but they were a disaster. Re-read the recipe and noticed there is definitely no extra liquid (ie milk or buttermilk) alongside the ripe bananas, so was this a mis-print? Has anyone successfully tweaked the recipe, or is it down to me - surely not!

ChewingOnLifesGristle Thu 23-May-13 10:44:25

I attempted banana muffins once (not Nigella's I dont think) and they were terrible.

I've concluded that I wouldn't put bananas in anything other than a banana loaf type of thing which can hide the awful truth about the appearance of the cooked banana.

Muffins are too pale to hide the fact that cooked bananas are grey, soggy are rather unappealing.

NZCUK Thu 23-May-13 10:38:48

I thought I would google Nigella's Banana Muffin recipe from her domestic goddess book out of interest in case anyone else had thought the same about this recipe disaster and wa-lah!

I was surprised to see no eggs or milk in the recipe but battled on. It wasn't until I went to mix the dry and wet ingredients that I realised the mixture was SO dry. It said don't overmix, so I clearly didn't do this, but trying to get the mixture into a sludge was impossible!

I feel cheated out of all of the ingredients and my precious time, as with a 17 month old, baking time is few and far between especially when I work full-time! Sigh! Back to my trusted NZ Edmonds cookbook, I wish I hadn't misplaced it this evening and reverted to something else.

AlisonMoyet Mon 25-Feb-13 09:24:29

it was linked to another thread htough!

neolara Mon 25-Feb-13 09:23:54

I made those muffins. They were vile. I crossed out the recipe in the book just to remind myself to NEVER make them again.

Oh bum. Just realised zombie thread.

AlisonMoyet Mon 25-Feb-13 09:17:41

here we are

Bluestocking Sat 08-Sep-12 20:24:32

I know this is an ancient zombie thread but I have just made bloody Nigella's sodding banana muffins and they were a disaster. I used the recipe from Domestic Goddess. I think she forgot to add the egg or extra milk. They're like the ghastly puddings they used to do at Cranks in the 1970s, all low sugar and carob. Be warned!

neolara Mon 20-Feb-12 16:39:05

I made those muffins too. They were bloody terrible. I think it's just a crap recipe.

Joellybaby Mon 20-Feb-12 16:36:09

I dunno what's gone wrong for you all but I've made these tons and tons of times with no problems. They are really yummy and healthy, and everyone seems to like them - the last batch all polished off. Score they even cooled down. Are you overmixing it maybe? That would make them tough. I think you do need very ripe bananas, and be generous with the honey. It makes a thick mix but bakes well. I do only get 6 muffins out of the recipe rather than 12 - using a large silicone muffin tray and keeping bake time the same.

I can't believe I'm reading this...there is also another misprint in Nigella's '...domestic goddess' she says to put a tablespoon of salt in her White bread recipe - I tried this as a first timer and had to throw the lot in the bin, they were so salty! I thought I'd misread the recipe when I liked at other bread recipes which call for a teaspoon of salt, but looked again and it is her mistake - domestic goddess indeed! More like domestic disaster! Good luck with your banana muffins ladies!

Oh dear... must investigate. I normally make her Nigella Express breakfast muffins or Donna Hay ones.

CountBapula Wed 08-Dec-10 03:04:46

Yup, another vote for the ones from Nigells Express. Also in that book is pear and ginger muffins - I use apples and cinnamon and they are divine.

borls.

1 ripe banana
(weigh your eggs)
1 egg
weight of eggs for:
SR flour
sugar
butter
1/2 tsp baking powder.

MrsKitty Wed 08-Dec-10 02:54:51

Ooh, yes, the ones from Nigella Express are Yum. Made them and iced them with caramel icing for DDs birthday.

shoofly Wed 08-Dec-10 00:30:14

the ones from domestic goddess are VILE - these are the ones you want from Nigella Express - they are great and v quick and easy - DS prefers them with white choc chips, I prefer with dark and DH will eat any variation. I have brought a bag of butterscotch chips back from USA as they are good with those as well- They are the home for all black bananas in our house!

tiokiko Sun 05-Dec-10 17:28:40

Aargh, I wish I'd checked MN before making these bloody muffins!

They are rubbish - allegedly makes 24 but made 8 plus 4 tiny mini ones; the normal sized ones were almost burned after 10 minutes and they just taste all weird and floury with a tough texture.

I did think it was odd that there was no egg/milk etc in the recipe but thought I would press on.

Luckily I was making them as a trial for DD's birthday party next weekend so not a disaster but a pain.

I've made her banana bread a few times and it was great, but wanted something with less sugar.

BlingDreaming Tue 05-May-09 10:57:12

I do her banana muffins and find them fine - this is the one with the bananas, honey and butter? We use wholewheat flour instead of white flour and I normally up the amount of honey and banana as otherwise it's a bit too floury. But we like them and the fact that they're not filled with sugar.

I was thinking of adding a spoon of yoghurt next time and less extra honey.

pointydog Mon 04-May-09 17:16:24

she cobbles things together, revels in including lots of fatty sugary processed things and just happened to strike it lucky.

RibenaBerry Mon 04-May-09 17:15:34

That happened to me too. Normally make her banana loaf, which works well, but tried the muffins for a change and they were dire. They didn't rise, or cook through in the stated time, and by the time the middles were done the outsides were like rock...

MollieO Mon 04-May-09 17:14:02

Seems that even her family won't eat hercooking!

BrendaAndEddie Mon 04-May-09 17:06:27

They are vile

nicer raw than cooked

pointydog Mon 04-May-09 17:02:42

nigella ain't no cook

lalalonglegs Mon 04-May-09 17:02:16

Ooooh, Martha tell us more about the Apple and Walnut incident of 2006...

In her defence, I usually find her cakes pretty good (but halve the amount of sugar she uses - how the woman isn't insulin dependent, I have no idea). Try her sour cream chocolate cake just using 100g of icing sugar for the frosting <<lala wanders off drooling>>

lalalonglegs Mon 04-May-09 16:49:07

Blueberry muffins page 72 of my copy.

lalalonglegs Mon 04-May-09 16:48:01

Ha! Another victim of Nigella banana muffins - aren't they foul? Really beyond belief disgusting. I sent my thread on the subject to Nigella HQ but never heard back. I now use her blueberry recipe and substitute berries for bananas.

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