I don’t know how it happened. I decided to check it out but was full of doubt. I turned on the TV, watched the first episode, and I’ll be darned if I didn’t sit there bawling my eyes out. Any emotional constipation I may have been suffering from before watching was gone and I quickly become a fan.
And since I’m not alone, I’m sure there is someone out there who needs this This Is Us – themed recipe for their loved one who will be celebrating their birthday soon. Have a co-worker who can’t stop talking about it? Got a Facebook friend who posts about how much they cried over this week’s episode… every… single…. week? Yeah, that person. They need this muffin.
Banana Muffin Recipe
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup mashed bananas (about 3 bananas)
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together shortening and sugar. Add eggs, bananas, fresh lemon juice, flour, baking soda, salt, chopped walnuts. Mix well. Place in large muffin tins with liners. This recipe will make 10 large muffins (or 20 regular size). Bake for about 35 or until top of muffin is light golden brown and springs back when touched.
Twinkie Filling Frosting
- 1 cup milk
- 4 tablespoons flour
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Whisk milk & flour together in a saucepan. Place over medium high heat and watch closely. Continue whisking until thick. Cook for about one minute while whisking. Remove from heat and set aside to cool for about 15 minutes.
Place butter & sugar in mixer on high speed until light & fluffy. After flour & milk mixture has cooled to room temp (important), add to mixer and whip until light & fluffy. It should look almost like whipped cream or, you know, Twinkie filling.
Note: For a very white filling you can substitute butter with white shortening. Shortening just won’t taste nearly as lovely.
Don’t forget the sprinkles and the candle… or your friend may get emotional.