Thursday, August 8

Caribbean Banana, Rum & Raisin Muffins

The ultimate breakfast treat or mid afternoon nibble.
Designed to suit your aching sweet tooth or to power you through a hard days work, it is hard to resist their golden brown and crumbly topping on even the most angelic of days.

As you may have seen from my Banana Bread recipe, I'm a complete & utter addict. In the exact second that a bunch of bananas even begins to speckle brown, I already have the oven pre heated and the ingredients weighed.
I know, as sad as it might seem..."My name is Emily... And I'm a banana bake-aholic".
But I don't just bake bread with bananas, my addiction has developed to create a whole recipe book alone for this formidable fruit.

And so I present to you... Caribbean Banana, Rum & Raisin Muffins.
A favourite of mine to say the least.
This sweet banana infused muffin is crammed full of rum soaked raisins, and drizzled in a rum glaze.
Alcohol, fruit, and baking all in one... Oh this recipe is so very far from being wrong!
It is just oh so... RIGHT!

To make your own batch of 12 delicious muffins, you will need:
- 280g plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 very ripe bananas
- 110g caster sugar
- 1 egg
- 2tsp vanilla extract
- 80ml milk
- 85g softened butter, or for a healthier alternative, 90ml vegetable oil.
- 200g raisins
- 150ml rum for soaking, (plus a further two tbsp for the glaze.)
- 6-8 heaped tbsp icing sugar

First of all, tip the 200g of raisins into a dish or bowl, and cover with the 150ml of good quality dark rum.
Either leave this to soak overnight, or for at least an hour if you're short of time.

Once the raisins have finished soaking, preheat your oven to 200C/180 fan and pop twelve muffin cases into a tin, ready to be used.

To make the banana muffin batter, mash up 3-4 bananas with a potato masher.

Add the vanilla extract, the beaten egg, and the milk.

Combine the rum soaked raisins to the 'wet' mixture and give it a good stir to create this...lovely... looking delight.

In a mixing bowl, sift the flour, baking powder & salt together.  Finally, add in the caster sugar & butter.

Pour the 'wet' mixture into the 'dry', scraping out all of the mixture, and give it a good stir until everything is combined.
(Don't worry, it will be a lumpy batter!)

Using a tablespoon or ice cream scoop, divide the batter between the 12 muffin cases, leaving about 2cm for the muffins to rise.

Slide into the oven for around 20-25 mintues until they are golden brown and springy at your touch.
Once they have completely cooled down, you can make the sugary glaze to drizzle on top.

Simply stir the icing sugar and the rum together until the glaze falls in thick ribbons off of a tea spoon. It needs  to be reasonably sturdy in order to drizzle, so just add a little more icing sugar if needed.

Using a tea spoon, gently zigzag across each muffin in creamy coloured lines, and allow to set once more.

And there you have it!
Utterly simple, perfect for using softening bananas, and ridiculously addictive.
A muffin that cures those sugary cravings whilst giving you that much needed energy boost, it wins on all fronts!
Serve them up to family & friends either cold, or even warm with a dollop of ice cream if you fancy it.

Just make sure that everyone doesn't devour them before you can steal one away too!
The rule "every man for himself" goes, they are just too good to share!



  1. Looks great! I love bananas too - with chocolate, peanut butter, cookie butter, cakes, pancakes, cupcakes, fruit salads. I'm a banana-holic. :P

    1. Ahhh don't get me started with peanut butter and chocolate... I swear, i'll start drooling! xx

  2. OH GOD. Once again Emily, you've got me with your baking delights!!!


    Katie <3

  3. Emily,
    You're gonna have to pass me a bib, cause these photos are making me drool...
    Definitely going to be giving these a try.
    Just a quick question.
    I'm taking my best friend for a belated birthday trip to Leeds on Saturday.
    We're there from Sat afternoon and all day Sunday.
    I was just wondering if you can give any recommendations for how to spend our time.
    We are definitely making a trip to The Alchemist for a cheeky cocktail, but will probably only stay for one, as it could get pricey.
    Where is good to go out with cheapish drinks and good atmosphere on a Saturday?
    Thanks a lot,
    Love Isabella x

    1. Oh Isabella you have a treat in store for you! I'm a firm believer that Leeds has one of the best night-lifes in the country. IT IS GOING TO BE EPIC!
      Hmmm... Saturday night will be buzzing, usually I would recommend the Mezz club, but I don't think it runs when it isn't the uni semester.
      The 02 could be pretty busy too and is absolutely huge.
      My best bet would be to ask the bar man at the Alchemist, most of them are young and go out most nights so will know on the grape vine where is worth going for that week.
      You could also try Bierkeller, which is a German bar just off of the Millennium Square. Imagine huge steins of beer and dancing on the wooden benches!
      If you fancy a dirt cheap, incredible pick me up on Sunday, head over to the Love Rouge Bakery in Headingley. It is bus journey away from the city centre, but their cupcakes and scrambled eggs are second to none!

      Hope that helps! ENJOY!! xx

    2. Leeds was incredible!
      We headed to Trinity for loads of sale shopping before chomping on food from Giraffe.
      We ended up hopping in and out of bars on Call Lane - my friend is a huge Beyonce fan so the music was perfect for her. I will definitely have to head back soon because Bierkeller just sounds too incredible!
      Have you tried out Newcastle's night life? I can't recommend it enough!!
      Thanks for the advice :)
      Love Isabella x
      Isabella Mozzarella

    3. Ohhh that sounds epic!! Call Lane is sooo good if you are with the right people to go a bit crazy with :)
      Glad you enjoyed the Leeds experience! And nooo, I really need to though, I hear incredible things! xx

  4. Emily you know how I am with banana bread!
    This looks like a recipe I'll have to try!
    Lottie xx

    1. Hahahaa I knew that these would tickle your fancy!
      They work just as good without the raisins, I tweaked them a bit to make Banana Twix Muffins, ( here )
      too... ENJOY LOTTIE! :) xx

  5. These look delicious!! It's been ages since the last time I had one!xx

  6. Holy lipsmacking recipes Batman! I know what I'll be doing this weekend. Thanks for sharing the love Em!

    Cheers xx

  7. They look amazing! Also, I gave you a blogger award cos you're my favourite!

  8. Mmmmm dreamy! I could easily see a whole batch of these disappearing within hours in my house...
    x x x

    {The Lobster & Me}

  9. Oh wow, these look SO good! I agree with you, banana baking is the best kind - and I can even kid myself it's healthier that way...


  10. This looks amazing! Even though I am completely incapable of getting good baking results myself, photos like these makes me try over and over again.


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