Outside, Maxen grinned and pressed a kiss to his temple. “I know how you love your sweets. Go ahead.”
Faelen blushed, even as a delightful shiver traveled through him from the place Maxen’s lips had been so briefly. He ducked his head, letting his hair fall forward to shield his face. - The Merchant's Love
Today's recipe is for banana chocolate chip muffins (though you can substitute walnuts if you like—Faelen and I prefer the chocolate!). This is my go to recipe for when I have an overripe banana or two. It's easy, and the results are yummy. Here's the recipe, and keep reading below for more about The Merchant's Love, out June 18th from NineStar Press.
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
1 1/3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup chocolate chips (or nuts, if you prefer)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 tablespoons oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 very ripe bananas, mashed
Preheat oven to 375.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Stir in chocolate chips.
Melt the butter. Stir in the oil, then the brown sugar and vanilla. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the mashed bananas. Add the flour mixture, and mix until just combined. Don't over mix.
Divide the batter evenly between muffin cups. Bake for 18 to 23 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Place on a wire rack to cool.
Makes 12 muffins, but the recipe can be halved easily.
About The Merchant's Love
Maxen, second son of a wealthy merchant family, longs to leave Tournai and visit everywhere he can. All his life, he’s found places on maps and dreamed, planning out routes to get to them. For now, he’s tied to Tournai’s capital city by family obligations and his position in their shipping business. Someday, though, he’ll be able to travel. His sudden attraction to Faelen shocks him, but their friendship soon becomes a necessary part of his life. Love, however, has no place in his plans, especially not love for a royal cousin with secrets who wants nothing more than to stay in one place.
For Faelen and Maxen to build something real between them, they must resolve their differences, but when magic goes awry and all Faelen’s secrets are revealed, will Maxen remain at his side?
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