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    Banana chocolate muffins with crispy almonds topping

    These days, I am in a muffin – cupcake mood. I am literally craving for comfort food and that is why of course, I came back to my first love – muffins. I mean, I really enjoy creamy cakes, glazes and so on, but there is something about muffins that you cannot fight.

    I didn’t even try to. I just went with the wave and here is what came out of it: soft and puffy banana chocolate muffins with crispy almond crunch on the top. And ready in a zipcode.

    What do you need

    ½ cups of powder sugar
    1 cup of milk at room temperature
    1 ½ cups of sifted flour
    1 tbsp of baking powder
    2 eggs at room temperature
    100g of softened butter
    2 tbsp of vanilla sugar
    2 tbsp of vanilla essence
    2 tbsp of grated rind of lemon
    100g of dark chocolate broken in small pieces
    2 medium sized bananas
    20 g of peeled almonds crushed
    1 tbsp of powdered sugar

    How to prepare it 

    Add the eggs, ½ cups of sugar, the grated lemon rind and vanilla sugar in a bowl. Mix until the consistency is white and creamy.

    Prepare 2 cups, one for mixing the milk with the vanilla essence and one for mixing the flour with the baking powder.

    Add the butter and mix until fully incorporated. Continue by adding alternatively quantities of flour (mixed with the baking powder) and milk (mix it with the vanilla essence in the cup, before adding to the eggs and butter mixture) and you will have a nice creamy textured dough.  

    On a chopping board, cut the bananas in cubes and break the chocolate. Fold gently in the mixture with a wooden spoon.

    In a muffin tray, place the paper shells and add mixture in each of them (I make it almost full, but not exact, otherwise it will spill over the margins and the effect will not be the desired one).

    Sprinkle with the crushed almonds mixed with the remaining sugar. This will make a very nice crust as the powdered sugar will start to glaze the almonds and the later will start browning just about perfectly in the 20 minutes of preparation.

    Place in the preheated oven and 1800 C for exactly 20 minutes. Let them cool tor 20 minutes and that’s it, your comfort dessert is done!

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