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Saturday, July 16, 2011

“Classic Quickbreads and Muffins, Pt. XXII: Multi-Bran, Banana, and Orange Muffins—Wonderfully Sweet and Nutritious to Boot”

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Chef Charles “the Chuckster” Smithenstein

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Elemental News of the Day Commentary-Opinion-Sports-Foodservice for Sunday, July 17, 2011 by Chef Charles “the Chuckster” Smithenstein


 Classic Quickbreads and Muffins, Pt. XXII: Multi-Bran, Banana, and Orange Muffins—Wonderfully Sweet and Nutritious to Boot

Bakersfield, CA, 07-17-2011 Su:  I’m back with a new installment of our classic quickbreads and muffins series with a bran muffin I think you will all enjoy making. Not only is wonderfully sweet, it’s also very nutritious which in this day and age of eating on the run, working 24/7, and never having a day off, everybody needs something to eat and quickly!  Bran is an important nutrient for everyone’s body as it helps relieve constipation and promotes regularity.  This muffin will do that which makes it worth its weight in gold.  There is nothing worse than losing one’s regularity and even though this may not be the substance of a cookbook blog, it’s important to all of us.  We promote eating responsibly and doing so several times a day.  It’s important that one’s metabolism is at work around the clock and those of you who eat once or twice a day in the mistaken belief that it will help you lose weight are doing your bodies a dire injustice.

The muffin we are going to commence making is a lovely one, it features bananas which are amazing additives to any baked good.  Not only do they supply a necessary source of potassium, they lighten any baked item and increase its moisture content which will keep it fresher over the course of more days.  Adding bananas allows you to leave whatever it is—muffin, quickbread, etc.,—out on the kitchen counter wrapped in plastic for several days.  As bakery goods are tastier at room temperature than they are in the fridge, this is an important attribute to this amazing fruit.  Whenever you have old bananas, wrap in plastic and toss into the freezer for use at a later time. Let’s go:


1. About 12-medium-sized muffins:

All-purpose flour

Baking soda

Baking powder

Kosher salt

Bran flakes


Oat bran

Wheat bran

Hot water


Minced orange

Large eggs

Vegetable oil


Vanilla extract


Orange juice

Yellow food color

Red food color

Minced Orange
Julienned orange peel

Granulated sugar or Splenda


Orange emulsion

Kosher salt


1.      Make the minced orange FIRST. Skin the oranges and remove ALL pith.  Combine with the sugar and water and place into a saucepot and bring the mixture to a boil; then, lower the heat to medium and cook, stirring almost constantly.  Cook for approximately 20-30 minutes but stop before the syrup becomes dehydrated and chunky.  The maintenance of the syrup is IMPORTANT.

2.      Double-sift the first FOUR items together, stir in the bran cereal and the raisins, and set aside.  Preheat standard oven to 400°F or convection oven to 350°F and have ready.  Spray 12 baking cups with PAM or some such other food release spray and line with paper baking cups.  Spray the cups with PAM, too. Have ready.

3.      Place the two brans in the bowl of an electric mixer and blend in the hot water.  Add the rest of the ingredients and blend together well.  Then, fold the DRY into the WET using the least amount of strokes necessary until the muffin batter’s been formed.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 20 minutes.

4.      When time’s up, remove the batter and stir with a kitchen spoon.  Scoop the batter into the prepared baking cups and fill up to the top.  Gently shake the pan to settle the batter and then place on the middle oven rack of your preheated oven to bake.

5.      After 10 minutes, lower the heat to 375°F (standard) or 325°F (convection) and bake another 20-25 minutes or until the muffins test “done” when a paring knife inserted into the center of the middle ones comes out “clean.” At that point, pull out of the oven and place on a wire rack to cool. After 2-3 minutes, jar the muffins loose and tilt at an angle to finish cooling on the pans. If desired, dust with powdered sugar for a nice effect.

6.      To save for later, when totally cool, wrap each muffin in plastic wrap and then place inside freezer Zip-Loc bags and freeze.  Baked goods do better frozen than kept in the refrigerator.  In the fridge, they tend to dry out.  Muffins can be pulled out a day in advance and allowed to defrost in the refrigerator or heated up in the microwave oven for immediate use.

These are easy muffins to make and joy to eat so don’t be afraid to jump right in and get busy in the kitchen!  Muffins are so much better than eating cupcakes so always be sure to keep a good supply on hand; you won’t be sorry!  

Like my friend, B. H. “BC” Cznystekinki yesterday, I, too, have had a great time today and as always enjoy my opportunities to write for the Elemental News of the Day. We urge our readership to write to us and leave comments and if there are any of you, who would care to write an article for us, please get in touch via Magnolia Hilltop Brewers, P.O. Box 20669, Bakersfield, CA 93390-0669.  We obviously don’t pay anything but you will be given a full byline and that’s worth its weight in gold.  We want as many people who want to write to be able to do so and we believe that by presenting a forum for our fellow chefs, we are doing something for our beloved industry.  We love diversity and hope to add new and different authors to our pantheon of chefs, food and beverage directors, and culinary professionals.  Come on and join us, it’ll be fun!

Please remember to avoid doing business with AARC Technology in Bakersfield, CA.  These people don’t care about the small customer anymore but instead put all of their attentions onto their corporate customers. It’s sad to not remember why one has the success they do or from where it came. Anyhow, have a great day and we’ll meet again. Take care.  

Thank you!

Charles “the Chuckster” Smithenstein

The Chuckster
Restaurant Manager, Mixologist, Foodserver, and Cook

This is a photo of me back in 1973 while being the Food and Beverage Director at one of the hotels in Bakersfield, CA, located on Union Avenue. I was in my late 30's at the time.


END Commentary for Sunday, July 17, 2011 by Chef Charles “the Chuckster” Smithenstein

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This original essay was authored by the one-and-only Chef Charles “the Chuckster” Smithenstein

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This is #1315, an 8” x 10" original oil painting by Beverly Carrick entitled, “Ocotillos and Verbenas." It's among her more beautiful works and is available for sale. You can see much more of her work at her Website, located at http://www.beverlycarrick.com or at Brian Carrick's Facebook page. At her Website, you will see not only more original oil paintings but also lithographs, giclees, prints, miniatures, photographs, and even her award-winning instructional video entitled, "Painting the Southwest with Beverly Carrick." Beverly has been painting for more than 60 years and is known around the world. Her work hangs in private and public galleries and is followed by a great many fans that circle the globe. We urge you to go to her Website NOW and view her work. It's possible that you will find something you like and will want to buy it for yourself, a friend, a loved one, or a neighbor! You will not be disappointed so please: do yourself a favor and go there IMMEDIATELY! Thank you, the Elemental News of the Day!

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This is a shot of Brian Carrick playing the drums with the Magnolia Hilltop Brewers at Garces Memorial High School on 11-04-1978.  This was a gig at most of the band's alma mater.

 This is a photo of Chuck Swartz at Garces Memorial High School on 11-04-1978 getting into the spirit of the gig.

   This is a photo of Victor Gaona, bassist and vocalist with the MHB, at Lake Isabella, CA, on 10-06-1978.

This is a shot of Lupe Carrick at Cayucos, CA on 11-07-1978 during a break from the gigging schedule of the Magnolia Hilltop Brewers band.

This is a shot of Vernon McMahon on 09-15-1978 at a gig somewhere in western Kern County, CA, with the Magnolia Hilltop Brewers.

This is a shot of Brian Carrick on 12-24-1978 on Christmas Eve studying the music want-ads now that the MHB had broken up.

This is a shot of Brian Carrick, drummer and vocalist, and Jim Traynor, guitarist and vocalist, of the Magnolia Hilltop Brewers on 07-11-1978 warming up for a five-hour rehearsal.

        This is a shot of a pork chop waiting to hit the flame on 09-14-1987 at Shamrock in Bakersfield, CA.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

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1 comment:

  1. As always, I find your articles on baking to be of great interest and have transformed them to fit my needs in the professional environment in which I work. I want to congratulate you and to urge you to keep on writing more articles of this nature. Keep up the good work!


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