Sunday Sweets- Banana muffins with Clementine icing

Posted on: February 13th, 2011 by admin 2 Comments

We’re totally enjoying our mini muffin pans (obviously!)  This week I was given a challenge to consider – souffle…  But I don’t think I’m ready.  Instead we made mini banana muffins with clementine icing.  We call clementines- manadarins in Aus, but I love the word clementine more, they are the same (well a clementine is a type of mandarin).  You can in fact substitute any citrus in this icing recipe.  (The clementine can be a little overpowered by the banana, but it’s subtly delicious).

I think Americans would call these muffins poppers, it seems anything small enough to be bite size can be named so.  Beans warned me that they would probably bake in 30 seconds, which is practically true.  So watch the oven carefully, then pop em…

  • 125 g butter, softened
  • 3/4 c caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 3/4 c sour cream
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 2 c self-raising flour (Or 2 c plain flour with 2 tsp baking powder)
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • I added some crushed walnuts to half our mix for a bit of crunch.  Use pecans too if you have them or chocolate chips.  Just add a handful or two at the end of mixing.

For the icing:

  • 2 Tbsp clementine/mandarin juice
  • 1 1/2 c icing sugar
  • 2 Tbsp butter

These will also be fantastic with cream cheese frosting

Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease or line a muffin tin – you can use any size, or even bake this as a cake/loaf, I’ll give you the different baking times to adjust accordingly.

Beat butter, sugar and vanilla until pale and creamy, add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each. Using a spoon, gently fold in sour cream and bananas. Sift flour, nutmeg and baking powder over batter and gently fold through.

Spoon batter into muffin/cake pan. Bake for 20 minutes for mini poppers, 30 for muffins and 50 to 60 minutes for a cake – do check about 5 minutes before with a skewer, that should come out clean. Stand for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.

For the icing, just beat all the ingredients together until the consistency is your desired one, you can make it s runny glaze by adding more juice, or use less if you want a thick butter-cream.

Makes about 24 mini’s.  Recipe adapted from the Kitchen Aid mixer recipe book.

Song for this recipe:

“Tour de France” Kraftwerk Tour de France (Remastered) - Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk – (German for power plant) if you don’t know them, I think you should.  Kraftwerk were one of the first groups to popularize electronic music and are considered pioneers in the field.  In the 1970s and early 1980s, Kraftwerk’s distinctive sound was pretty revolutionary and has had a lasting effect across many genres of modern music.  Plus if you were ever a fan of Breakdance – the movie, you’ll remember this song as the one Turbo dances to with the broom :) Awesome!

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2 Responses

  1. I never would have thought to use mandarins for icing but this looks like it would offset the banana muffins nicely. Lovely.

    Nice choice for the music too!

  2. Beth says:

    I love the mix of banana and citrus!

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