Friday, 28 October 2011

☽☾ old recipes revisited

it's good to go back to old favourites when baking: 
there's comfort in those tried and tasted:
my first blog post was for banana teabread
it never fails!
today I thought I'd lighten it up and add some
extra flavours:
more of a cake this time:
see what you think

banana pecan cake

you will need ....

3 ripe bananas ~ mashed
240g plain flour
150g caster sugar
125g butter ~ softened
100g pecans
2 eggs ~ lightly beaten
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 generous teaspoon vanilla extract
a pinch of salt
a few spoonfuls of desiccated coconut
preheat the oven to 180°c/ 350°f
line and grease a 1kg loaf tin

cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy light
add the eggs very gradually mixing well between
stir in vanilla extract, mashed bananas and pecans
sift in the flour, salt and baking powder
{this is where I realised I should have used a larger bowl!}
dollop into your prepared tin, smoothing the top
then sprinkle with coconut
bake for 1 hour, testing for doneness!
cool on a wire rack
keeps in a tin for days
{if it lasts that long}

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

❧ a taste of autumn

it's a good thing when you are given
windfall fruits:
time to bake and create:
some of you may remember this recipe ~
this is a new and less fiddly version:
it's a winner:

you will need ....
115g butter {slightly softened}
100g caster sugar
60g melted chocolate
60ml milk
3 eggs ~ lightly beaten
125g plain flour
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 or 2 pears, sliced

preheat your oven to 180°c / gas 4:
line and prepare a 20cm square cake tin

cream together the sugar and butter
either by hand or with a mixer
until light and fluffy:
add the eggs a little at a time
mixing well between:
stir in the melted chocolate & milk:
then sift in the flour, baking and cocoa powders:
try not to over mix at this point:
pour into your prepared tin
and adorn with the slices of pear:
bake for 30~35 minutes until firm to the touch:
cool on a rack:
as you can see, I didn't peel the pears
as the skin is soft and good:
deliciously moist and chocolatey:

proper autumn comfort: