Monday, 7 December 2015

it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

It's the time of the year again when I start to crave for holiday treats!

Here's my first Christmas bake, a batch of simple wholemeal banana cupcakes...easily prepared with just a few quick stir using a manual whisk and a spatula.

They are great as homemade Christmas gifts to share with friends and families.

The cake is moist, tender and has a little nutty texture from the wholemeal flour. It is chock full of delicious banana flavour, and despite cutting down on the sugar amount, the sweetness is just right.

I hope to be able to post a couple more of my Christmas bakes before I leave for my holidays. I will be spending this Christmas home away from home, and I wish we could get to make a snowman this year!

Banana Wholemeal Cupcakes

(makes 12 cupcakes)

235g plain flour
75g wholemeal flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
135g caster sugar
90g unsalted butter, melted
125ml fresh milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
315g over ripe banana, mashed

  • In a bowl, stir together plain flour, wholemeal flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with a balloon whisk until blended. Add in the caster sugar, melted butter, milk and vanilla extract, whisk to combine.
  • Add in about 1/3 of the flour mixture. Stir with the balloon whisk till combined. 
  • Add in 1/2 of the mashed banana. Change to a spatula and fold in to combine.
  • Add in 1/2 of the remaining flour mixture. Fold in with the spatula to combine.
  • Add in the remaining mashed banana, fold in to combine. 
  • Finally, add in the remaining flour mixture and fold in to combine, make sure there is no residual flour on the bottom of the mixing bowl. Do not over mix.
  • Spoon batter into paper muffin cups, fill it to about 90% full. 
  • Bake in preheated oven at 180 degC for 20 to 25 mins till golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven, let cool completely on a wire rack. Store in airtight container at room temperatures for 2-3 days.
Recipe source: adapted from Williams-Sonoma, Essentials of Baking


Anonymous said...

These look so fluffy! A definite must try this weekend. I love the snowy, sugary decorations too. So festive!

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