“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
"Winter is dead.”
~AA Milne, when we were very young
NOTE: I am away at the moment helping my mother with her treatment for lung cancer. I have set up a few posts to post whilst I am away as a special surprise. Some are new and some are reposts of old favourites that you may have forgotten, or if you are a new reader may not even have seen. I'll be back at the end of May, but in the meantime . . . Enjoy!
PS - I will only have sporadic internet use, so if you ask a question and I don't get back to you . . . it's not that I don't want to. It just may take me a while.
Wednesday, 2 January 2013
This is a recipe which I have had printed out and in my "To Bake Someday" folder, for about two years now. It is a recipe I found on a little blog called Chef In Training, and I remember it looking really, really tasty. I often spy things on the net which catch my eye, and I think I would like to try baking sometime. I print them out and stick them in a file . . . and sometimes . . . I actually DO get around to baking them!
I had bought a HUGE jar of Nutella a few months back. What was I thinking??? There is no way I could ever hope to use it all up, unless I use it for extra things like baking. It tastes really good spread onto malt biscuits . . . but that would be an awful lot of Malt Biscuits . . . it's a 750g jar!
So the other day I dug through my recipes and pulled out this banana bread recipe to try out. It worked out well because I also had a bunch of brown bananas that I had bought before Christmas that just didn't get eaten. We've both been so unwell through the holidays . . .
My bread didn't come out of the oven near as tasty looking as Chef In Trainings did . . . it actually looked rather ugly and I did have to add about 15 minutes time to the baking . . . but wow, cut it open and it more than makes up for it's ugly surface.
That's kind of like people don't you think??? Some of the prettiest ones are the ones who aren't much to look at on the outsides . . . but dig a bit deeper and you've found a gem!
Anyways, it was rather, RATHER tasty sliced and eaten plain . . . but then again, we quite, QUITE like it sliced and spread with softened butter because . . .
That's how we roll around here. In for a penny . . . in for a pound.
*Nutella Banana Bread*
Makes one medium loaf
Your favorite bread swirled with your favorite spread. What's not to like about this one?
200g plain flour (2 cups)
3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp salt
4 TBS unsalted butter, softened
190g caster sugar (1 cup)
2 large free range eggs
287g of mashed bananas (1 1/4 cups)
1 tsp vanilla paste
78ml of whole milk (1/3 cup)
145g of nutella (heaped 3/4 cup)
Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 5. Butter an 8 by 4 inch loaf tin and line with baking paper. Butter the paper. Set aside
Whisk the flour, soda and salt together in a beaker. Set aside.
Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until thoroughly amalgamated. Beat in the bananas, milk and vanilla. Stir in the flour mixture just to moisten.
Soften the nutella in the microwave for about 20 seconds. Stir in 1/3 of the batter until well blended.
Alternate the banana and nutella batters in the prepared baking tin. Swirl together with a chopstick or knife. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes until well risen and done. It may seem a bit underdone in the centre, but that's how it should be. Allow to cool at least 15 minutes in the pan before tipping out onto a wire rack to finish cooling completely.
Coming up tomorrow . . . some very scrummy Sesame Noodles with Chicken. Oh my . . .