Happy Birthday Afternoon Tease!

The Afternoon Tease is 1 today!

Who’d have thought that an experimental dabble into the world of blogging on 30 March 2010 would lead to 102 posts chocka block full of recipes, supper club, restaurant and cafe adventures, general food based ramblings and more pornographic food photography than you could shake a stick at!

But here we are…and how better to celebrate than with some birthday baking…

This little beauty is a banana and passionfruit muffin with lemon icing…

It’d be rude not to share, so here’s the recipe…

125g butter

315g plain flour

1 tbsp baking powder

1 tsp ground cinnamon

150g light muscovado sugar

110g pecans, chopped

3 ripe bananas

pulp of 3 passionfruit

zest of 1 medium lemon

65ml milk

2 eggs, lightly beaten

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases.

Melt the butter and then leave to cool, whilst you sift the flour, baking powder and cinnamon into a large bowl. Stir the sugar and pecans into the flour mixture.

In another bowl mash the bananas. Add in the passionfruit pulp, lemon zest, cooled butter, milk and lightly beaten eggs and mix together.

Pour the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Be careful not to overmix or the muffins will end up heavy.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared cases (I still always manage to get myself in a mess doing this bit) and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and beautifully risen. Remove them from the oven and leave them to cool on a wire rack before icing…

For the icing you will need to mix 150g icing sugar with the juice from 1 lemon. Start off by adding just 3/4 of the juice to the sugar to make a paste and then gradually add a little more at a time until you have made a thick but spreadable icing….and then…dollop it on top!…

I’ve never baked with passionfruit before but I could smell it’s distinctive tropical aroma the minute the muffins came out of the oven. It was a really interesting addition, which also added great texture. The muffins were delicious eaten slightly warm from the oven. The recipe I was following said that they don’t keep very well…

hey ho…I’d better eat another one then! After all it’s my party and I’ll eat as many muffins as I want to!

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