Saturday, April 26, 2014

Banana Crumb Muffins

Banana Crumb Muffins
Unlike dense banana bread, these muffins are so delicate and light, they practically melt in your mouth.

Banana Crumb Muffins

1 ½ cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt

3 bananas, mashed
¾ cup white sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/3 cup melted butter

1/3 cup brown sugar
2 TB. flour
1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 TB. butter


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease 12 regular muffin tins, or 6 jumbo muffin tins.

In a large bowl, mix together 1 ½ cups flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, mix together the bananas, white sugar, egg, and melted butter. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture, until just blended. Spoon into prepared muffin tins.

In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, 2 TB. flour, and cinnamon. Cut in 2 TB. butter until it forms a crumb mixture. Sprinkle topping over muffins.

Bake for 20 mins. for small muffins and 25 mins. for jumbo size or until a knife inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Historic Piano Concerts begin this April

1871 Streicher

The Frederick Historic Piano Collection Spring 2014 concerts begin on Sunday, April 27 and continue for the next 5 Sundays until June 1.


April 27 Matthew Odell, on the 1871 Streicher, music by Brahms, Seven Fantasien (Op.116), Eight Klavierstuke (Op. 76) and Sonata No. 3 (Op. 5).

May 4 - Constantine Finehouse will present a selection of polonaises, ballades and fantasies by Chopin and Schumann on the 1846 Streicher.

May 11 - Artem Belogurov performs a program titled The New England Romantics, a selection of pieces by Arthur William Foote, Arthur Whiting, John Knowles Paine, George Whitefield Chadwick, and Margaret Ruthven Lang, on an 1862 Chickering piano built in the Tremont Street factory in Boston.

May 18 - Shiela Kibbe, playing the 1839 Trondlin, and Heather Braun, violin, present the Grand Duo sonata by Franz Schubert and pieces by Robert Schumann.

May 25 - Beatrice Long in a solo recital featuring Chopin's Sonata No. 3 and a selection of Liszt transcriptions of Schubert Lieder, on the 1840 Erard.

June 1 - Dmitry Rachmanov, music by Scriabin, in recognition of the hundredth anniversary of the composer's death in April 1915, playing the 1877 Erard "Extra-grand modele de concert".

All concerts are held in the Ashburnham Community Church, 84 Main St., Ashburnham MA on Sunday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. Admission:  $10.00 per adult. Children and students, free.
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