Banana pecan muffins

Makes: 15
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

Banana-Pecan-Muffin-Cakes-PortraitIngredients

275g (10oz) plain flour

½ tsp grated fresh nutmeg

½ tsp ground cinnamon

⅔ tsp baking powder

Pinch of salt

200g (7oz) butter

220g (8oz) caster sugar

2 large eggs

75g (3oz) pecans, roughly chopped, plus extra to top

330ml (11fl oz) puréed very overripe banana (pulped by hand or use a blender to purée)

For the topping

15 whole pecans

Seasonal edible flowers (optional, to decorate)

Banana chips (optional, to decorate)

Desiccated coconut (optional, to decorate)

For the cream cheese frosting

125g (4½oz) unsalted butter

200g (7oz) firm full-fat cream cheese, drained of any liquid

250g (9oz) icing sugar, sifted

1 tsp vanilla extract

Method

1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/R4 and grease tins generously. Sift together the flours, spices, baking powder and salt.

2 Beat the butter and sugar together in a mixer until light and fluffy, starting on a low speed, gradually increasing to high. Add the eggs and continue to beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.

3 Slowly add the dry ingredients until it forms a thick, smooth batter, fold in the pecans and banana pulp and divide mixture between the tins.

4 Scatter the top of each cake with pecans and bake on the middle shelf for 15-20 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted in the centre of each cake. Leave in the tins for 10 minutes then turn out on to a wire rack to cool.

5 Pipe a dollop of the frosting on top of the cake (optional), then top the cooled cakes with some edible flowers, coconut pecans or banana chips.

For the frosting

Beat the butter for 4-5 minutes, then add the cream cheese and beat for another 2 minutes. Add the icing sugar and vanilla and beat for another 2 minutes, until smooth and evenly incorporated. You can add a further 50-100g of icing sugar for a firmer frosting if desired.

Recipe and image courtesy of Lurpak Cook’s Range Baking

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