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:
Makes 1 small loaf yielding 12 slices, or 2 small loaves of 6 slices each
- 3 small bananas
- 40g honey
- 2 eggs
- 50g margerine/butter
- 200g self raising flour
- 1/2 tsp mixed spice
- 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!