Last year I added my dentist to my list of places to take my goodies. They really enjoy and appreciate them. Dr. G. told me I didn't have to feel like I should bring something every time I come. I told him to consider it a bribe ... so they will be very gentle with me.
Earlier this year when I went for my 6 - month cleaning/checkup, he discussed with me re replacing a crown I had done at least 30 years ago when we lived in Arkansas. He wasn't the first dentist who didn't especially like the looks of it; my dentist in CA mentioned replacing it also. When I went back a couple of weeks ago for my checkup/cleaning, the subject was brought up again. He calmed my nerves and so I scheduled the appointment to have the work done. I guess it was good I finally gave in as he said it was "leaking" a little on the back side. I certainly prefer not having to have a root canal.
My "bribe" for the initial appointment was these delicious Banana - Apple Muffins. I made them before I went (it helped pass away the time before I had to go) so they would still be warm before I went. I think everyone but Sandy, Dr. G.'s dental assistant, enjoyed one before I left.
The recipe was in a Beta Sigma Phi Food in the Fast Lane cookbook (1992) that I got at one of the garage sales Friend Janice and I went to. I did alter the recipe a little bit, but Kathleen Freeman from Boulder, CO contributed the original recipe.
BANANA - APPLE MUFFINS
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened (1 stick)
3/4 cup sugar
1-1/2 tablespoons milk
1 banana, mashed (1/3 cup)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 large apple, finely chopped (1-1/3 cups)
2 tablespoons oatbran
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease or spray a 12- cup muffin tin.
Cream butter and sugar in mixer bowl until light and fluffy. (I heated a stick of margarine in the microwave on high for 10 seconds to soften.)
Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
Mix milk and banana in a small bowl. Add to better; mix well.
Combine the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda together with a whisk. Add to batter; mix well.
Stir in vanilla, apple, and oatbran with a wooden spoon.
Fill batter evenly filling each cup about 3/4 full.
Bake for 20 minutes or until muffins test done with a toothpick.
Cool slightly on wire rack and remove (I ran a knife around the inside edges to loosen.)