So it’s Saturday and the weather is lovely. It’s dry and sunny and crisp, a perfect autumn day. I love Autumn so I feel like I should be out enjoying it, exploring with the kids and kicking leaves but maybe later… Babby has a bad cold and has been asleep for hours now (and she’ll hopefully stay that way!). The Boy is not quite used to the exertions of nursery yet so he’s in the living room making the most of my Netflix account. A little Wallace & Gromit is perfect Saturday viewing! The Mister is out doing manly things so I’ve been left, mostly, to my own devices.
I thought I would have a play with my new toy, a mini cupcake maker! It is pretty and blue and it means that I can have buns whenever I want! I love baking but my cooker consists of a big oil fired Rayburn. We can’t run it in summer because it makes the place to hot and even when we have it on the cost of running it is prohibitive so I don’t get to bake a lot, even though I love it. When I saw this beauty in Lidl the other week I couldn’t resist!
With the end of the Great British Bake Off last week I’ve been in the mood for something tasty. There is an amazing recipe for chocolate banana bread in The Great British Book Of Baking (the companion book for the first series of Bake Off) so u thought I’d see if it would work scaled down into wee buns. I do mean wee buns by the way, my machine only does mini cupcake size buns. Tiny bites, perfect size treats for my little people!
I thought because the buns are so small I would leave out the chocolate pieces in the banana bread recipe. I used some cocoa powder instead for the chocolate hit I wanted. I am a total chocoholic so leaving it out completely was out of the question!
My modified recipe made about 19 little buns, not quite three full batches as the machine does seven at a time. They are delicious little morsels, the perfect accompaniment for my afternoon cuppa!
Here’s the recipe for anyone that wants to try it for themselves :
100g Self Raising Flour
25g Cocoa Powder
75g Golden Caster Sugar
50g Butter, melted & cooled
1 medium egg, beaten
1 large banana, finely mashed (approx 100g peeled banana)
Sift the flour & cocoa power together into a bowl & add the sugar. Mix these together and make a well in the centre. Pour in the beaten egg, melted butter and mashed banana and using a wooden spoon mix well.
For my machine I put in silicone bun papers and filled them nearly to the top. A single batch takes about 15 minutes. Amazingly subsequent batches come out just as good as the first batch. I always thought leaving a mix to sit would have an adverse effect on it but it seems to work ok for three batches at least!
If you’re using a regular oven mini cupcakes should bake in about 15mins at 170°C