Last week, as I was watching the Penguins play an agonizingly close third period against the New York Rangers, I was struck with inspiration.
Cheering for your team (very, very loudly) can make a girl hungry. When the game broke for the intermission before sudden-death overtime, my culinary instincts awoke. I had just gotten Nigella Lawson's cookbook, Nigella Express, and had tabbed the banana-butterscotch muffins as something worth trying. I had two ripe bananas on my counter. I was hungry. I had about 15 minutes before the game came back. So I made muffins.
The Penguins won.
Coincidence? I think not!
The Penguins are 1-0 in the Conference Finals against Philly. There's a game tomorrow. These muffins will be there.
Mario's Banana Butterscotch Victory Muffins
(from Nigella Lawson's Nigella Express)
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 2/3 c. flour
1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/4 c. mashed bananas, about 2-3 ripe (I mash them with my hands!)
1 c. butterscotch (or chocolate) chips
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners (I use silicone).
Measure the oil into a large glass measuring cup and beat in the eggs.
Put the flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda into a large bowl and mix in the liquid ingredients, followed by the mashed bananas. (The mixture will look crumbly)
4. Fold in the butterscotch chips, then divide equal quantities into the muffin pan. Bake for 20 minutes.
Note: I suppose, since all Pittsburgh pro sports are black and gold, you could use 1/2 c. butterscotch and 1/2 c. chocolate chips, for a theme. That might be going too far. But I doubt it.