Sticky Date Maple Cupcakes
(makes approx 12 cupcakes)
200g dried and pitted datesPre-heat the oven to 175 degrees C.
310ml (1 1/4 cup) boiling water
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
100g brown sugar
2 Tbsp pure maple syrup (try and use pure maple syrup, not the maple-flavoured syrup)
150g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1. Put the dates in a blender/food processor. Mix the bicarbonate of soda with the boiling water, and add it to the dates. Soak for 5 minutes.
2. Blend/Process the date mixture a little. Add the butter and sugar, and blend.
3. Add the maple syrup, lightly beaten eggs, flour and baking powder. Blend until all the ingredients are combined. You should have quite a liquid batter.
4. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners, or lightly oil the muffin pan (if you are using the pan directly). Alternatively, you can use silicon moulds. Fill whichever container you use 3/4 full of batter. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes until browned. Poke the middle of the cupcake with a metal skewer/cake tester (or raw piece of spaghetti) to test if the centre is cooked. The skewer should come out clean.
Tip: If you are making mini cupcakes, lessen the cooking time accordingly.