Cream Cheese Banana Muffins.
Eventually, I knew I was going to have to try my hand at baking again, even if it IS in a foreign country. Not that Thailand is all that foreign anymore, but, when you come from a place like the United States, where the grocery store has every ingredient imaginable, and in a multitude of brands per item, well, trying to bake here is a bit daunting.
A couple of weeks ago Rusty and I headed up to Pattaya to shop at the “big” grocery store. It’s on Beach Road (sincerely, a grocery store is beachfront, can you imagine?), and the name of it is FoodLand. I would like to tell you it is a big, fanciful, full of everything store. But alas, it is not. It has about 5 aisles, very short aisles. The baking aisle at Kroger in Houston is bigger than this entire store. But, I did manage to find baking powder, flour, and baking soda. It wasn’t easy. Still, I had it in my head I was going to make banana muffins with the remaining browning bananas I had leftover from the previous week, and so I bought what I needed.
I had packed in my suitcase a small cookie sheet, a brownie pan, and a 6 serving giant muffin pan. Believe it or not, I even packed two packages of chocolate chips as well. I had this feeling I may need them. So, while most people would pack lots of clothes and beach towels for a two month trip to the tropics, I opted for baking goods.
We are all weird in our own way, I guess.
Nonetheless, after smashing the bananas, mixing everything by hand, and hoping for the best, these cream cheese banana muffins went into my little Thai oven with a wing and a prayer. The result?
We each had a muffin for breakfast the day I made them, and another the day after. I stowed two away in the freezer for another day, and to be honest, I’m pretty itchy to get to them. The cream cheese swirl throughout made them just the right amount of tangy, and the banana flavor really shines. Also, those dark chocolate chips that traveled 8600 miles with me were the absolute perfect last minute addition.
Will I be making them again?
You bet your butt.