Three bananas were growing increasingly brown in the fruit bowl. It was becoming clear that no-one was going to eat them.
Meanwhile, Kipper was harassing me to do some baking.
I dug out my trusty banana muffin recipe. However, there was no way Kipper was going to waste her time on a standard banana muffin. These had to be special. And who doesn’t love owls?! Adding the owl topping to the banana muffins gave Kipper plenty to do in the preparation of these, which was an added bonus. She also sorted the paper cases out, and mashed the bananas for me while I weighed out the rest of the ingredients.
I really like this recipe. It’s dead easy, yummy, and I can persuade myself it’s healthy because there’s no added sugar in the cake part. Obviously if you do the full ‘owl’ thing with the glace cherries, there’s a bit of sugar in there, but I think it’s worth it. I mean, who doesn’t love an owl? Really? I bet you could eat these for breakfast too, without feeling too guilty about it.
OK, I’ll admit the photo does make them look a bit scary. They didn’t look scary ‘in the flesh’. Must be something to do with my hopeless photography skills. Sorry. Wierdly, the more photos I took, the more sinister the owls became….
Squint at the picture, and they look amazing.
Makes 16-18 banana muffin owls.
Banana muffin owls
You will need:
225g plain flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
2-3 ripe bananas, mashed – approx. 225g peeled
125g butter or margarine
50g raisins, plus 16-18 more for top
16-18 glace cherries
16-18 cashew nuts
What to do:
Preheat the oven to 180C. Prepare 18 little paper cases.
Melt the butter and set aside to cool.
Mix the flour and baking powder in a large bowl.
Mash the bananas. Add the egg, milk and melted butter to the mashed banana.
Stir the banana mixture into the dry ingredients until just blended. Stir in the 50g raisins.
Divide the mixture between 16-18 paper cases, filling each around three quarters full.
Halve the glace cherries horizontally, and arrange two cherry halves and a cashew nut atop each cake to make an owl face.
Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, until risen and browned and a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
Cool in the tin for a few minutes. Insert half a raisin into each half cherry to complete the eyes. Transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.