Baking frenzy…


It’s been quite some time since I baked anything. This is largely because I haven’t had the time, energy or inclination all at the same time, what with a feisty five-year-old and a demanding 6-week-old.

In the evenings, Hubby and I generally collapse and catch up on a few shows or maybe a movie, but tonight I just wasn’t in the right fettle for a film. Instead I was itching to get into the kitchen and whip up something tasty, so the moment Button closed his eyes, I sprinted to our tiny kitchen and started work…

First up was banana bread. I had three bananas that really needed to be used, so this was the perfect excuse. I split the batter in half and added a healthy dollop of Nutella to one portion (to entice Tadpole to try it – I figured if it looked and tasted a bit like chocolate cake, he’d be more likely to tuck in!), and to the other I added a handful of raisins and then sprinkled some mixed seeds on top (this one’s for me, because I just love those things!).

The basic recipe is as follows:

banana bread x 2
Top: seed-topped raisins banana bread
Bottom: chocolate banana bread

Banana Bread
Makes 1 small loaf yielding 12 slices, or 2 small loaves of 6 slices each

Ingredients:

  • 3 small bananas
  • 40g honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 50g margerine/butter
  • 200g self raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice

Directions:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180C.
  • Mash the bananas till they’re all fluffy, then add the honey and eggs and mix well.
  • Add the margerine/butter and mix well.
  • Stir in the flour and mixed spice.
  • Line or lightly grease a 1lb loaf tin and pour in the batter.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until the banana loaf is golden and cooked through.
  • Slice into 12 equal portions and keep in an air-tight container.

Next up was snickerdoodles. I’d heard a lot about these little cinnamon-sugar-coated cookies, but I’d never seen them anywhere, so I took the easy route and ordered a packet mix online from a company that specialises in providing American goodies to the UK. All I had to add was the butter and an egg. Quick and easy, and they only took about 10 minutes to bake, so that was even better!

Now all I have to do is slip a little of both into Tadpole’s packed lunch tomorrow and see what he thinks of them!

snickerdoodles
Two dozen snickerdoodles in my cookie tub!

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