12 January 2010

Hot Muffins!

Have you ever been given a gift you just don't know how to react to? We probably all have a few times, but the gift that confounded me the most wasn't even mine.

I've already mentioned my appreciation for the absurd; I guess it only makes sense that I'd have friends with similar senses of humour. But whereas I find infomercials hilarious, they thought getting my SO a "Hot Mormon Muffins" Pinup calendar for his birthday was a stroke of brilliance. Well, a stroke of something, anyway. Not only does the calendar feature hot Mormon ladies (all moms, no less) in classic pinup poses and attire, but each month also offers a muffin recipe. Whoever came up with this concept (not the Church of Latter-Day Saints, that's for sure) either has serious issues or is a true genius. Maybe both. My friends justified getting my guy a girlie calendar by telling me they thought the recipes would be a great bonus gift for me. So what could I do but hang it in my kitchen and blog about the recipes each month?

January features Lisa, age 38 and a mother of four, as well as a recipe for (ahem) Lisa's Priesthood Praline muffins. Click photos to enlarge.

The batter. You can still see floury bits because over-mixing is not a muffin's friend.

Ready to go into the oven with praline topping in place:

Fresh out of the oven. Some aren't as high because I didn't distribute the batter as evenly as I could have, but they all rose nicely.

Cooling down:

My verdict: The use of pancake batter was unusual but it made for a super easy recipe and a tasty muffin (I'm slightly ashamed to admit they didn't last until the next day). This is probably one of the best banana muffins I've made.

Lisa's Priesthood Praline


1/2 cup sugar (I used half sugar and half Splenda)
1/4 cup cooking oil
1 1/2 cup pancake mix (I used Aunt Jemima Original)
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 slightly beaten egg


3 tsp brown sugar (I accidentally used tablespoons and I recommend you do the same--it made an irresistible caramelized topping)
1/3 cup chopped pecans
1 tbs sour cream

Combine topping ingredients and set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, stir together egg, sugar, oil, and bananas until blended. Add pancake mix and stir until moistened (don't over-mix!) Grease muffin pan and fill each cup 2/3 full with batter. Drop 1 tsp of the pecan mixture on top of each muffin.

Bake at 400F for 15 minutes. Muffins taste even better when fully cooled.

I was also pleased to see that a portion of the profits from the sale of the calender goes to breast cancer research. More info here.

All muffin photos by Domicile.


kate said...

mmmmmmmmmmmmm muffins!

bella said...

Too funny! I'll have to try it though... praline is a favourite.

Jennifer Nicole said...

As a girlfriend to a former member of the Mormon church (LDS) and a friend to many-a-Mormon, I think the calendar, the muffins, and the whole idea are hilarious. :D I'm a little jealous that you got a calendar!