Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Whole Wheat Banana Cakes

Welcome to Tuesday, the day in which hundreds of Internet bakers join together in preparing a sweet treat from Dorie Greenspan's massive baking tome, "Baking; From my Home to Yours." This week's recipe for banana bundt cake was chosen by Mary, The Food Librarian. (She has a beautiful blog with gorgeous pictures-especially this week's bundt cake.)Since our family of four is equally divided into two groups of banana lovers and banana haters, I knew that making an entire bundt cake would be risky. On the one hand, I could bake the cake and not mention that it contains bananas. I've pulled this one before, but the charges are usually astute enough to notice the sudden absence of the blackened bananas on the counter top. As much as they don't like to eat bananas, they watch the progress of their demise with a mixture of satisfaction and disgust. If I get caught not fessing up about adding bananas, it sets me back months in terms of culinary trustworthiness. My girl, with her aversion to almost all things healthful, will often ask me three questions before eating any of my baked goods: Does this have pumpkin? Chopped up raisins? For the love of pete, does this have bananas?

Early in the morning, while the charges were still in dreamland, I mixed up some whole wheat muffins using bananas from the freezer to keep my secret. The batter was delicious and soon the house was filled with a sweet warm aroma. The Quiet Man and I happily ate our banana cakes, and when the charges woke up they stumbled into the kitchen and asked for some too. My little boy happily gobbled his down, never knowing the fruity truth. But my little girl, ever suspicious, plucked off a golden brown corner, examined it, put the daintiest crumb in her mouth, and then looked at me with one eyebrow up. "What kind of muffins are these?" And then she launched into her three questions, I confessed the truth, and she had a bowl of Cheerios. But at least my little boy loved the muffins, and that changes the score from two to two, to three banana lovers and one banana hater. Aha-I'm making progress.
For the real recipe, click here. I made a quarter batch to get six muffins, using half whole wheat, some maple extract, and some chopped pecans as well. When you've got overripe bananas, peel them, cut them into one inch sections and keep them in the freezer for smoothies, baked goods, and other deep dark secrets.
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17 comments:

The Japanese Redneck said...

Hey, I tried the click here for the real recipe and it won't click.

The muffins look good. Don't ya just hate it that everyone won't eat the same foods.

I know it get's me to no end sometimes when hubby won't eat certain things.

Congrats on getting The Quiet Man turned on to bananas.

Ramona

Prudy said...

Ramona: Sorry-just fixed the link! HOpe you like them!

gigi said...

Us mothers have to stick together. I think we all add healthful things and pray no one asks what's in it. Sometimes we can get away with it and sometimes we can't. Thess sound just to yummy. I'm always looking for things to throw my wheat flour into.
Happy Tuesday to you.

chocolatechic said...

Looks wonderful.

Dakotapam said...

All of mine will eat bananas in things...but they've learned to ask if I've put wheat germ or flax meal into things!

Catherine said...

I can definitely sympathize with your charges. I am no banana lover myself, and I'm the only one at my house. (One of my charges just joined the dark side) But the muffins do look delicious. Maybe I should try them as a healthful breakfast for my little banana lovin' turkeys.

Dawn said...

that one shot with the melted butter is my favorite. I must eat at least 4 muffins a week, so I must try these.
hope all is well with you....have been away for a while.

Clivia said...

Kudos for trying! Only a stubborn child could resist such delicious-looking muffins.

Marjie said...

Ah, the perils of the picky eater! Mine don't ask, and when they get old enough, you can tell them to shoosh and eat, or leave! My youngest picky eater prefers things that are not so sweet, and, happily, he likes banana cake. He also loves bananas.

Flourchild said...

Great idea to use the ww flour. This recipe was so good. Im glad you liked it too!

The Blonde Duck said...

That is so funny! Sailor is just too cute.

Marthe said...

your muffins look amazing!!

Kayte said...

My those look good. Especially that last photo with all that melty goodness seeping down into that muffin/cake. We are a divided household on bananas IN things around here, too. Love the muffin cupcake version you made.

Michal said...

i love the triumph of converting a hater to an eater! this week i finally convinced henry to eat the broccoli in beef and broccoli stir fry. turns out? he loves it prepared that way. who knew?:)

i have got to make these. i have been practically force-feeding my kids cream of wheat and oatmeal lately in an attempt to actually fill them up at breakfast (with healthy foods). they would be thrilled to discover these muffins on their plates instead.

TeaLady said...

Muffins look tasty. Great fro b'fast. And since dau doesn't like, means for the rest...

The Food Librarian said...

I'm glad it is 3-1 now! Or at least for the cake! They look perfect. Thanks for baking along with me this week!! - mary the food librarian

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