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While these banana muffins might look cute enough to be lunch box treats for kids, I would recommend saving them for a grown-up tea party.  To please your younger guests, you would probably make them with candied cherries and milk chocolate chips but the recipe from Manila Spoon invariably works better with tart cherries [using Seeberger’s Soft Dried Cherries here] and chopped dark chocolate. I think it would be a fine idea to make a double batch so that you can split the batter between the two combinations and make both your kids and yourself happy.

CHOCOLATE CHERRY BANANA MUFFINS

Ingredients:

1 cup caster sugar

2 cups all purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon kitchen salt

2 eggs, room temperature

1 cup unsweetened yogurt

1/2 cup banana, mashed

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup fresh or dried cherries

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 400 F. In a large bowl, mix  dry ingredients. Mash or puree bananas in a food processor.

  • In a mixing bowl of a stand mixer, crack the eggs and beat until just combined. Add the wet ingredients.

  • Beat at medium speed until batter is smooth and there are no big banana lumps for about 1 to 2 minutes.

  • Combine the wet with the dry ingredients until well-blended. Fold in the cherries and the chocolate chips.

  • Divide evenly into a 12-cup muffin pan with liners. Fill each cup until nearly full. Bake for 18-22 minutes.

  • Leave to cool in pan for about 5 minutes and then transfer to a rack to cool completely. Makes 12 muffins.

Chocolate Cherry Banana Muffins

Ever since the Tres Leches cake became my signature bake, I’ve had requests to make it for every single celebration I’ve been invited to. It, therefore, only made sense that I would do a Tres Leches cake on my own birthday but with a twist. While I remain convinced that the Tres Leches is best baked as a whole in a large pan, I was curious to see how the cupcake version would fare. The Kitchen Mccabe recipe makes 12 regular sized coconut cupcakes but I filled the batter into 7 jumbo muffin cases though I guess I overfilled them slightly to give them that puffed up, bakery-style look. I would admit that I did make the soaking process a tad more complicated so it would be probably best to fill them just up to 2/3 capacity to make way for the cakes to rise to the rim of the baking cups.

For the milk mixture, I swapped half the amount of heavy cream for cream of coconut so it should have been, on all accounts, a quarto leches cake but let’s not worry about that. While these were slightly more dense than my go-to recipe, they did manage to soak up most of the milk sauce without going soggy; I have a good mind to skimp on the butter next time to see if they turn out to have a more absorbent texture. Overall, my birthday cupcakes happened to be quite photogenic, exactly as I pictured them – with a swirl of whipped cream and a candied cherry on top!

TRES LECHES CUPCAKES

Ingredients:

For the Milk Mixture

1 14 oz. can condensed milk

1 12 oz. can evaporated milk

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup coconut cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Cupcakes

2 cups all purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon kitchen salt

8 tablespoons butter

1 cup fresh whole milk

4 eggs, room temperature

2 cups granulated sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Cream Topping

2 cups heavy whipping cream

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup shredded coconut

16 Maraschino cherries

Method:

  • For the milk mixture, pour condensed milk into a large, microwave safe bowl. Microwave 12 minutes.
  • Remove and stir at 3 minute interval. Stir in evaporated milk, heavy cream, coconut cream and vanilla.

  • For the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line two cupcake tins with regular cupcake liners.
  • In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt. Place butter and milk in a saucepan.

  • Heat on medium till the butter has completely melted. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the eggs.
  • Add sugar and beat together till glossy and pale, for about 5 minutes. Add in half of the flour mixture.

  • Add in half of the milk mixture and mix in. Add in the remaining flour mixture and then milk mixture.
  • Mix until just combined. Divide the batter between the liners, make sure to keep them under half full.

  • If they are filled more than half full, the batter will overflow when cooked. Bake in the preheated oven.
  • Bake cakes for 12 to 15 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean.

  • Let cool for a few minutes, then poke a large amount of holes in each cupcake, using a wooden skewer.
  • The more holes, the more milk will be able to soak. Pour a few tablespoons of milk mixture over each.

  • Let each spoonful soak in before adding more. Divide the milk mixture evenly between the cupcakes.
  • Refrigerate the cupcakes and allow the milk to really soak into the cupcake, at least 3 hours or more.

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spread the shredded coconut in an even layer over a baking sheet.
  • Place the baking sheet on the top rack of the oven and watch closely. The coconut will brown quickly.

  • When most of the coconut is a light brown, remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature.
  • Place heavy cream and 1/4 cup sugar in a mixing bowl and beat on high speed until stiff peaks form.

  • Place the whipped cream in a piping bag and pipe a swirling of cream on top of each chilled cupcake.
  • Coat sides of  whipped cream with toasted coconut and top with a maraschino cherry. Serve chilled.

Happy Birthday to Me!

Make these visually stunning verrines to welcome summer by assembling digestive biscuit crumbs, tangy cheese cream filling and slices of fresh or canned pineapple together. This fruity dessert, from My Baking Addiction, is ridiculously easy and wastes no time in the oven waiting for the surface layer to set, unlike its baked counterpart [see my Strawberry Cheesecake recipe here]. With no uncooked eggs to worry about, this no-bake version simply has to be popped in the refrigerator till you are ready to serve dessert at any summer-themed party you are planning to host this year.

NO-BAKE PINEAPPLE CHEESECAKE

Ingredients:

For the Cheesecake Base

1 cup digestive biscuit crumbs

1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

For The Pineapple Filling

225g cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup heavy/whipping cream

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

1/4 cup granulated white sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

225g pineapple chunks, drained

Extra pineapple slices, to garnish

Maraschino cherries, to garnish

Method:

  • Combine together the digestive biscuit crumbs with the melted butter and sugar. Set aside.

  • In a larger bowl, beat cream cheese, cream and sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed.

  • Beat until it is smooth and creamy, then fold in yogurt, pineapple, and vanilla and mix well.

  • Divide crust mixture among individual serving glasses, pressing into the base of each glass.

  • Repeat with the cream cheese mixture. Cover it and refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes to chill.

  • Garnish with extra pineapple with a maraschino cherry in the centre of each pineapple ring.

Pineapple Cheesecake

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