Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Cravings on World Cat Day

What do you do when you have cravings for apple crumbles on World Cat Day and the only fruits to be found in the house is a bunch of bananas?  So we end up with Banana Crumb Muffins.....teeheehee...simple! This is akin to the lemon philosophy, my Mama said...when life hands you lemons, make lemonade. Mama took leave from work so she could be at home with us on World Cat Day. So sweet of her, eh? Without further ado, here are the photographs of our handiwork.
You should be in our kitchen while we baked today. The aroma of banana and cinnamon was just....hmmmmm....indescribable....
Instead of eating the crumble with ice cream or custard sauce, we ate it with moist orange cake in a muffin case......sweeeeettt...
Recipe? Who needs a recipe? It was just mash, plonk and buzzzz..... OK OK here it is.

Banana Crumb Muffin a la Nicole (makes 12)
Dry ingredients:
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Wet ingredients:
3 bananas, mashed
3/4 cup soft brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup corn oil

1/3 cup soft brown sugar
2 tbsp flour
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp butter

Preheat oven 190oC (374oF).
Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in big bowl.
Mix banana, sugar, egg and oil. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture until just moistened, lumpy is fine. Spoon into muffin cups.
In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture resemble coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle topping over muffins.
Bake 18-20 mins.

We copied the recipe for the orange cake from Lady of Leisure....with some variations and instead of one big cake, we used muffin cases. 

Blended Orange Cake (makes 12)

1 orange (Navel, Sunkist, Valencia....anything)
1 cup cooking oil (we used corn oil)
2 cups caster sugar (we used 1 1/2 cups soft brown sugar)
3 eggs

1/2 cup full cream milk
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp bicarb soda
1/2 cup 100s and 1000s

Wash orange, cut, discard pits and white thingy in the middle. Chop finely, with skin. Blend with oil, sugar, milk and eggs until fine. Pour into bowl. Mix in sieved flour and baking powder, bit by bit. Spoon into muffin cases. Sprinkle with 100s and 1000s. Bake at 190oC for 20mins.

Nicole's 2-cent: Told you these are easy to make. We made many extras and gave some to my Mama's elder sister, Dad's sister and some friends. It was a yummylicious World Cat Day. burp.... purrrr *giggles*


Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

Oh my these sound and look DELICIOUS!!!


I think you are incredible that you took the day off to celebrate with your babies!


Katnip Lounge said...

The Baby is dancing with excitement, she LOVES baked goods!

Happy World Cat Day!!

we hope to be up to speed commenting by next week...secretaries...sheesh.

CATachresis said...

Love the lemon philosophy .... with bananas. Even Austin is drooling ! >^..^< Happy WCD

Photo Cache said...

our mama would like to come over later and hve some coffee and that delicious looking yummy.

emma and buster

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Caren,
We still have in the freezer. Mama will microwave one or two when we beg her. We love our crumble warm.
It was a happy World Cat Day for us. Baked goodies in daytime and fed some orphans and poor kids in the evening. Mama had to give a speech... teeheehee... poor thing. purrrr *giggles*

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Katnip Lounger,
Yeah...y'all haven't been around much nowadays. Don't the secretaries know that it's a sin to displease their furry masters? Oh, come one over Baby. We still have some. purrrr *giggles*

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Austin! I hope you didn't spill drool all over your mum's keyboard/tablet etc. purrrr *giggles*

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Emma & Buster,
We only serve espresso type over here, so your mom can choose whether she wants mocha, latte, cappucino or long black. We don't do instant at all. Hurry though while we still have stock in the freezer. Brad's been indulging himself with the goodies. purrrr *giggles*

Lee said...

Holy Smoke! I have never heard of 'Cat Day'. What about 'dog day'? Ada ke?
Then Guinea pig day, hamster day?
Not a public holiday for cat owners? Ha ha ha.
Love that lovely dish.
Anymore left?

Clooney said...

Oh theese muffins look fantastic! My Human loves banana muffins! It was so nice of your Mama to stay home with you on World Cat Day, hope you all had a great time! (Your Mama loves you lots!)

Oskar said...

Wow, what a yummy treat. Happy World Cat Day!

Nubbin wiggles,

Pi Bani said...

The only fruits to be found in the house is a bunch of bananas? Hmmm... the cats in the house are a bunch of bananas too.... muahaha! *lariiii*

jul said...

sampai ati tak jemput aunty...majuk le camni miau (slow skalik)

Marilia said...

HMMMM! Delicious!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Uncle Lee,
Believe me, there is such a day. As for other animals, you'll have to ask them. I don't know. We still have left, nice to have with your kopi ais, eh? purrrr *giggles*

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Heya Cloon,
Will the customs let it through if we mail it to you? purrrrr *giggles*

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Oskar dear,
I ate some for you....purrrr *giggles*

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Pi,
Yeah...you'd better run coz bananas can sometimes fly. purrrrrr *giggles*

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Jul,
Janganlah majuk...buruk. purrrr *giggles*

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Marilia,
It is indeed. purrrr *giggles*

one of Fae's humans said...

looks absolutely delicious! thanks for sharing. :)

Mr Puddy said...

Happy Worl Cat Day
I hope your cats been spoil rotten today : )

Lili said...

Hahahahaha - a bunch of bananas! That was cute, Aunty Pi..oops...!

Wow, Cat Day with Banana Crumbles! Too bad my oven went bonkers these past six months, so I'm good to drool over the recipe and imagining you and the gang chow them down!

Monyet King said...

heeiii... that's unfair. You are eating monyet food on Cat Day ?

Quill and Greyson said...

Happy World Cat Day!!

~CovertOperations78~ said...

I can imagine how heavenly both would taste with a hot cup of tea on a rainy afternoon! You deserve to be spoiled rotten, kitties! Happy World Cat Day!

Rosmawati Yusof said...


Cat-from-Sydney said...

Fae's human,
It is delicious. purrr *giggles*

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Mr Puddy,
Mama said we're all spoilt rotten everyday!!!! purrrr *giggles*

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Lili,
Wipe that drool on the keyboard! Repairlah oven tu. purrr *giggles*

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Your Royal Monyetness,
Yeah...first it's monkey food....then the monkey kingdom. Cats rule! purrrr *giggles*

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Heya Fin! Happy Word Cat Day to you too. purrrr *giggles*

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Exactly what we did - hot cup of tea on a rainy evening though. purrrr *giggles*

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Rosmawati,
Nak kek? purrrr *giggles*

Sandy said...

Whoaa... yummm... the recipe looks easy enough too :D Happy cat day !!! I wonder why it's not in the public holiday list -_-" sigh...

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Tante Sandy,
Harus dicoba! Better than store bought ones, I must say. Di Kartika Sari nggak ada sih. purrrr *giggles*

m.q said...

nak ciket.....

Naz in Norway said...

Happy Cat Day! and oh! what a treat :)

word veri:arbif
errr betul betul dah habis ke?

Cat-from-Sydney said...

m.q. dear,
Meh sini. Banyak pun boleh. purrrrr *giggles*

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Naz,
Now that you're a cat servant too, yeah...HAPPY WORLD CAT DAY to you too. Belum habis. Ada sikit lagi dalam freezer. purrrr *giggles*

Pat said...

Happy cat day, dear! I hope you had a bunana-muffiny time with Brad, Angelina, and the others :)

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Pssttt...any extra?
Selamat Hari Kucing.

LP said...

Those recipes are just what we need to put some meat on our bones. LP practically starves us to death... We'll be right over to sample them just to make sure they meet our approval...Put the kettle on! :)

the critters in The Cottage

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Pat,
You're just like Brad. Always inventing new words. Bunana-muffiny indeed. purrrrr *giggles*

Cat-from-Sydney said...

MKG dear,
I believe we still have some in the freezer...you know...for rainy days.... purrrr *giggles*

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Cottage Felines,
tsk tsk tsk would you like my Mama to talk to LP? Come on over. We'll just to get some fresh milk. No kettle here, just the coffee machine. purrrr *giggles*

Qiez AR said...

Hey babe, Ive baked the blended orange recipe and love it! thank you for the good recipe! can u think of something to do with dragon fruit?

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Hie Larasephia,
Welcome to my crazy feline world. You made the orange cake? It's yummy isn't it? The tweaking we did compared to the original recipe was to lessen the sugar, add in fresh milk, and sprinkle 100s and 1000s on it. We have tried substituting the orange with lemon. Actually, it's yummier with lemon, more intense flavour. Dragonfruits? Hmmmm...it's going to be a challenge as the fruit is very watery. We've only tried juicing it. The red-fleshed one is tastier than the white though. purrrr *giggles*