Wednesday, October 3, 2012

To Sift or Not to Sift

Most modern recipes don't call for the sifting of flour when baking.  I think that because of more modern ways of milling the flour, it really isn't necessary.  However, I always prefer sifting.  I don't know if it even makes a bit of difference, but how can you go wrong by sifting all of those powdery ingredients together to form a nice little soft mountain.

Now, after reading such a strong argument in favor of sifting, why not reach up on your shelf and find your cutest muffin liners,

and gather the ingredients together to make these easy and delicious banana nut muffins.  I'll leave the sifting choice up to you.

Banana Nut Muffins

2 cups flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/3 cups mashed, ripe bananas
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.  Set aside.  Cream together shortening and sugar.  Beat in eggs, one at a time.  Stir in mashed bananas.  Add dry ingredients all at once, stirring just enough to moisten.  Gently stir in nuts.  Spoon into greased (or lined) muffin tins, filling 2/3 full.  Bake in 350 deg. oven for 18-20 minutes or until golden.  Makes 15-18 muffins.


koralee said...

Sometimes I sift..sometimes I don't. But when I do I always feel like I am doing the right thing...I love how the flour looks after sifting. Happy baking and your recipe looks amazing

Anonymous said...

I was taught to sift back in homeck...but don't do it t all. I do what Martha Stewart once said, or at least, I think it was her. Just put all your dry ingredients into a bowl and stir it all using a wire wisk. Sort of an easier sifting replacement!

I've copied your muffin recipe down....must try it out soon!
Thanks for sharing...and for leaving me your sweet comment. XO

Ciao Bella
Creative Carmelina

serendipity said...

They sound delicious. Must try some soon! xx