Banana Muffins with Peanut Buttercream Frosting Dipped in Chocolate

Hello Lovelies, here’s my latest creation; Banana muffins with a peanut buttercream frosting, finished off with a coating of melted dark chocolate. Delicious! I love how the chocolate cracks as you bite into it to give way to a smooth and creamy frosting that sticks to the roof of your mouth, cut through with the moist banana cake beneath, oh my, I’m making my mouth water. So, without further ado, here’s the recipe for you to try.

 

You Will Need:

For the Muffins-

275g of self raising flour

175g of soft brown sugar

2 super ripe bananas

100ml of vegetable oil

200ml of soy or rice milk

1 tsp of vanilla extract

1 tsp baking powder

For the Topping-

60g vegan spread

6 tbls shortening

1 tsp vanilla extract

140g icing sugar

170g smooth peanut butter

200g dark chocolate for dipping

3 tbls vegetable oil

Line a 12 hole muffin tray with muffin cases. Preheat the oven to 200c/400f

1) Sift the flour and baking powder into a large mixing bowl and set aside.

 

2) Smoosh the bananas and put aside.

3) In a jug or bowl, whisk together the oil, ‘milk’ and vanilla extract and quickly add to the dry ingredients.

4) Add the bananas too and mix until just combined.

5) Fill your paper cases. I use an ice cream scoop when making muffins as I find it deposits exactly the right amount of batter.

 

6) Place in the oven and cook for 18-20 minutes. Check with a skewer/toothpick to make sure the muffins are done before removing from the oven. If they are still a little too wet, put them back in for 2 minutes and check again.

7) Place on a wire rack to cool completely before adding your buttercream.

8) For the buttercream, in a small mixing bowl stir together the spread, shortening, vanilla extract and peanut butter until well combined.

9) add the icing sugar to this mix and beat until light and fluffy. Put into the fridge to firm up slightly.

10) Pipe a swirl of buttercream onto the top of each muffin and then put muffins in the fridge while melting the chocolate topping.

 

11) In a glass bowl over a pan of barely simmering water, melt the broken pieces of chocolate and vegetable oil together slowly, taking off the heat occasionally if necessary. Pour chocolate into a mug or very small bowl.

12) Remove the cooled muffins from the fridge and dip the tops immediately into the chocolate. Allow the excess to drip off before placing back on the wire rack. Once all muffins are dipped, transfer back to the fridge to allow the chocolate to set.

 

And there you have it, tasty muffins to enjoy with tea or coffee or with a scoop of ice-cream for dessert.
These cakes were super yummy but the next time I make them I think I will add a dollop of caremelised bananas in the centre. I’m a sucker for a filling, I think it harks back to my love of jammie doughnuts as a child.
Let me know how you get on if you try out my recipe and as always lovelies, happy baking! x

Scotch Pancakes

So, um yeah. It’s been a looong time. Between an ant infestation in the kitchen (EEEUW) and starting my own business, baking had to take a back seat. But it’s a new year and I now have a bit more free time too, so baking resumes. Yay! I really missed creating tasty treats for my nearest and dearest and have come to realise that I need it to help me relax and unwind.

This is a quick post about my post birthday party breakfast. Pancakes, nom! I knocked this recipe up real quick and thought you might like to try it too. It’s super quick and easy!

You will need:

For pancakes-

8 Tbls of self raising flour

1 Tsp of baking powder

300ml of soy milk

1 Tsp of good quality vanilla extract

pinch of fine salt

For Topping-

One ripe banana

Agave syrup (I used honey flavoured) or maple syrup

Chocolate

Vanilla Ice-cream (I used Swedish Glace)

 

Equipment:

1 Measuring jug

Metal whisk

Small frying pan

Small amount of sunflower or vegetable oil

Ladle

1. Wipe the frying pan with a piece of kitchen towel soaked in oil to prep. In the jug, measure out 300ml of soy milk and then add in the flour, baking powder, vanilla extract and salt.

2. Briskly whisk the mixture to ensure it is completely combined and has no lumps in it.

3. Heat the frying pan until it smokes. Test a drop of batter to ensure the pan is hot enough.

Once ready, add about 2/3 of a ladle of batter to the pan and swirl it to fit the entire pan base. If you are using a big frying pan you may not want to do this as these are meant to be puffy Dutch style pancakes rather than thin crepes.

4. Once bubbles have appeared all over the surface of the pancake and it slips around easily in the pan, turn it over and cook the other side.

 

5. Turn out the pancake onto a plate or cookie sheet and put in the oven on a very low heat just to keep them warm while you cook the rest.

 6. Use up the batter, this recipe should make 6 pancakes. Stack with pieces of chocolate in between each layer (I only had caramel choccies so I added one of these on the top pancake and melted it in the frying pan). Mmmmm, melty.

7. Top off with a scoop of ice-cream, slices of banana and a drizzle of agave or maple syrup. Et Voila! Tasty vegan pancakey brekkie!

 

 Happy baking dollies!