Friday, November 11, 2011

Banoffee Cupcakes

Here is a recipe I found a my new favorite food channel on YouTube.  Sorted specializes in quick and/or easy meals and treats, many of which can be made on a student's budget.  For more recipes or tips, check out their channel here.  Just keep in mind they use the metric system so temperatures are given in Celsius, measurements are typically given in weight instead of volume, and the UK tablespoon and teaspoon are different from the US version.

The appeal of this recipe was its nostalgia.  I spent a year abroad in the UK (South Wales to be precise.  Cymru!)  Banoffee pie is a British treat comprised of bananas and creamy toffee.  A bit sweet, a bit odd, but wholly delicious.  The gents at Sorted came up with this little number, which somehow combined banoffee pie and banana bread into a cupcake.  This is a wonderful and unique treat to make on a late fall afternoon!

Try not to lick the screen.

For the cupcakes you will need:

10 Tb melted butter
1 cup brown sugar, packed
3 eggs
2-3 overripe bananas, mashed
4 Tb plain or Greek yogurt
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
cupcake tin/baking pan
cupcake liners

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Beat melted butter and brown sugar until fluffy.  Beat in eggs one at a time.  Stir in mashed bananas and yogurt.  Stir in flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda until combined.  Filled lined cupcake tins 2/3 full and place in oven for 20 minutes.  Remove and allow to cool completely.

You can just use a fork to slightly mash up the bananas.

Your batter will look something like this.

For the icing you will need:

7 Tb butter, unsalted
1 cup brown sugar, packed
8 Tb cream or milk
3 cups powdered sugar

Heat butter and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat until ingredients are melted and bubbling.  Remove from heat and immediately add cream, stirring constantly.  Stir for about one minute.  Stir in powered sugar.  Allow to cool until solid enough to frost with.

Mmmm.  Sugar and butter.

Frost cupcakes.  Yields approximately 2 dozen medium cupcakes.

- The Pink One

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