Thursday, 16 August 2012

Banana muffin in home made paper cup - featuring sultanas/raisins and tea!! | Kukskitchen

At work in Sheffield Teaching Hospital( I trained there), there was a private company selling yummy muffins in a rustic paper cup. I was waiting for a good muffin recipe to experiment my own paper cups.

It was the final day of a leadership course, when all of us had to choose a topic and do a presentation on it. My fellow attendees selected topics like 'obesity in kids', 'my research' etc.  I proudly chose to give a talk on Kerala, my state in India and topped it up with a recipe handout and snapshot of keralan chicken biriyani. Feeling very special myself (you know the feeling when you feel so good about urself, what ever else the others think? Yes, I had that moment), there comes another girl with a recipe to banana cake her nan used to bake. I knew it would have been yummy and she knew it too. We were divided up in to groups and she was in another group so I didnot get the recipe.

I came home and started searching for a yummy banana cake recipe. Low and behold I saw a recipe by the one and only comfort-food-queen Nigella Lawson. I knew this was it. I made a few alterations to suit my taste and cooked it for my dear friend Pravija and her daughter Riya. Here is the recipe I used.

A few things before we start:
  • If the batter is thick add up to half a cup of milk to make it thin. The batter should have a pouring consisitency for the muffins to be soft and moist. Buttermilk would be good too. 
  • The recipe warrants yellow cavendish bananas, the usual ones you get in supermarket, but if you can't get it 'robusta' green bananas are great too.
  • For the paper cup, I cut a square piece of baking sheet and moulded it into the trough in the muffin tray. They sure do add a great personal touch to ur muffins.
  • Try and use pure vanilla bean paste if you can. They add a special flavour to the muffins.
  • Nigellas original recipe asked for whisky in the first step. I substituted it for tea. Nigellas original recipe used walnuts in this muffin. I am not a big fan of them, hence avoided it.
  • While mashing banana, a few chunks are ok, they add texture to ur muffin.
  • Never use a hard hand while mixing flour or you will end up with a banana flavoured stone.


Banana muffin

Makes 12


1. Very ripe bananas - 300g excluding peels
2. Sultanas/ raisins - 100g
   Water - 100ml
   Tea bag - 1
3- Plain flour - 175g
    Baking powder - 2 tsp
    Bicarbonate of soda - 1/2 tsp
   Salt - 1/2 tsp
4- Butter - 125g
    Brown/ caster sugar - 150g
    Eggs - 2
    Vanilla extract/paste - 1 tsp


  • Preheat oven to 170 degree 
  • Add boiling hot water to tea bag as u would for tea. Give it a squeeze and get the bag out. Add sultanas to it and leave it for 5-10mts
  • Combine / seive flour, salt and raising agents together in a bowl.
  • Melt your butter. In a second bowl add the melted butter to sugar and mix well. Now add the eggs one at a time mixing well after each addition.
  • Mash your bananas. Add the bananas to ur second bowl together with drained sultanas and vanilla extract. 
  • Add the flour mix to the banana mix a little at a time, gently folding the mixture in.
  • Pour this mixture in to a buttered and paper lined muffin tray and bake for 20 mts. A cake with the same mixture would take 1 hr.

Adapted from:Nigella Lawson

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  1. wow.. thanks for linking this recipe to my event. Expecting more recipes from you;-))

  2. Thanks for linking this yummy recipe to my event.


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An excited mum, a  responsible doctor , a friend's friend , a thankful daughter, a thankful sister and a passionate singer,  an enthusiastic cook, food writer and food photographer . That's me in a nut shell.

A doctor in my day job and a food writer and food photographer by night. I came in to cooking because of the people around me, be it the women in family who are amazing cooks or the men who luv to eat. My son is my best critic. :) Started cooking while I was at school, my first attempt being a sweetie, no surprise there for people who know me. I got interested in cooking more after marriage, as most girls do. My experiments with food blossomed after coming to the UK, where the grocery stores opened up a variety of foodie opportunities for my hungry tum.

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