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Sunday, 29 July 2007

Tropical Overload - SHF #33

If you are a food blog reader, you will notice numerous sweet 'tropical' posts appearing lately. This is because Mary at Alpineberry is hosting the 33rd edition of Sugar High Friday, with the theme "Tropical Paradise".
This couldn't have come at a better time because the weather for the past few weeks, in England, has been atrocious! The forecast this week is better and my chilli plants need some sunshine.

So here is my entry - lush, moist, tropical cakes - just willing that Sun to do it's thing!

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I've called them 'cakes' because they are not quite muffins, even though they were cooked in muffin tins. The texture is heavier and similar to banana bread. This was adapted from an ordinary banana bread recipe, adding coconut, pineapple and macadamia nuts - to incorporate the taste of the tropics!

Tropical Cakes

½ cup unsalted butter, softened
½ cup caster sugar
½ cup light, soft brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon coconut extract
1½ cups self rising flour
1 cup mashed bananas, about 2 medium ones
½ cup macadamia nuts, chopped
½ cup pineapple, finely chopped, or use crushed pineapple
½ cup sour cream
toasted flaked coconut for the top, if wanted

Cream the butter, sugars, eggs and coconut extract together.
Fold in the flour, followed by the mashed bananas, nuts, pineapple and the sour cream.
Mix well and drop into muffin cases. Sprinkle the toasted coconut onto the top.
Bake at 350º for about 20-30 minutes.
I also made mini ones that took about 15-20 minutes to cook.

(Printable Recipe)


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8 comments:

Marie said...

Fantastic looking cakes Nic! This is truly a great entry! I will have to try this recipe myself!
Marie
http://journals.aol.co.uk/mariealicejoan/MariesMuses/

Mary said...

The cakes look amazingly moist! Thanks for participating in SHF.

Magic Cochin said...

Hi nicisme
I have tagged you for the seven random gardening/vegetable facts meme. Follow this link
http://purplepoddedpeas.blogspot.com/2007/08/seven-random-garden-facts.html

Celia

Jerry said...

They remind me of my dads favorite banana bread that includes everything except the nuts. This is a must try! Thanks for the recipe.

Anonymous said...

Goodness, these look amazing! I nearly licked the computer screen gazing at these photos, with all that frosting cascading down the cakes....

Ari (Baking and Books)

nicisme said...

Marie - they taste great!

Mary - thank you for hosting this month's SHF - all the entries looked fabulous!

Celia - have done my best!

Jerry - thanks for visiting, hope you like them.

Ari - thank you for your comments - you made me laugh!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Nicisme, these cakes are pure temptation! Stunning photos!

nicisme said...

Thank you Patricia!