Banana Muffins With Mascarpone Cream Frosting or Spread
These are from Giada De Laurentiis. So sinfully good! These are muffins, so the frosting isn't really very sweet. As suggested by a reviewer, it really could be used more as a spread.
- Ready In:
- 1hr 25mins
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 4 ripe bananas, peeled and coarsely mashed
- 3 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1⁄3 cup mascarpone cheese, room temperature
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1⁄2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
- Line 18 muffin cups with paper liners. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
- Whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium bowl to blend. Beat the sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl to blend. Stir in the banana. Add the dry ingredients and stir just until blended.
- Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups. Bake the muffins on the middle rack until the tops are golden brown and a tester inserted into the center comes out with no crumbs attached, about 25 minutes. Transfer the muffins to a rack and cool slightly. The muffins may be eaten warm or cooled completely and frosted.
- To frost the cupcakes: Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the mascarpone cheese and then beat in the honey. Spread the frosting over the muffins. Sprinkle with the walnuts.
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These muffins are the best. I've been making regularly ever since this episode of Everyday Italian first aired and we LOVE them. They are my favorite by far. I think that the frosting is just right... wouldn't want it any sweeter. I'll never make banana bread with my ripe bananas again... these are just too good!Reply
I really enjoyed the muffin part of this recipe--it embodies everything I love about banana bread in taste and texture. The "frosting", however could have been sweeter. I kept reminding myself it is a muffin, not a cupcake--there shouldn't be a sweet frosting. Maybe the marscapone cream frosting would have gone over better it it was served as a "spread" with the muffins. It tasted like a whipped butter sweetened with honey--perfect as a spread!Reply
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