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This Banana loaf has been a regular in our house for many many years, I might have even blogged about it here before.... I cant remember!
I instagramed a picture recently and I had a few requests for the recipe - so here it is.
I use a 10 X 20 cm loaf tin - you could bake it any size or shape you like. My batter usually comes up to about an 1/2 an *inch below the top of the tin when I pour it in.
*its the quilter in me - I like using inches
Grease the cake tin with a little butter
Pre heat oven to 170c Fan forced
Ingredients & Method
3 medium very ripe bananas mashed
1 cup raw sugar
1 tsp cinnamon powder
80g butter melted
1/2 tsp vanilla paste
2 large eggs
3/4 cup milk
mix all the above ingredients until well combined.
2 1/4 cups plain flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
200g block of dark chocolate roughly chopped into big chunks
mix until just combined
pour/ scrape into the prepared loaf tin and sprinkle about a tablespoon or so of extra raw sugar onto the top of the cake batter in the tin
bake for 1 hour - checking with a wooden skewer that the middle is cooked.
Turn the cake out of the loaf tin whilst still hot and let the cake cool on a wire rack.
Yummiest eaten still warm and fresh or sliced and toasted the next day.
I also had a go at making homemade Nutella.
Funnily I cant actually remember how I made it.....
I vaguely remember that the recipe I found called for 2 cups of roasted hazelnuts, 1 cup cocoa, 1 cup icing sugar and a little vegetable oil until you get the right consistency. All whizzed together in the food processor.
It tasted a little lacking - I added in half a block of dark chocolate and we were in business.
I really need to mess around a little more to get the recipe right, but definitely worth a go and something for the kids to try.
I would have liked to add coconut oil instead of vegetable oil..... but the kids in our family aren't coconut fans (insert sad face because I LOVE coconut)and I suppose it then wouldn't be Nutella but a hazelnut chocolate & coconut spread.
Let me know how you go with the cake or any tried and tested Nutella recipes you may have
I made this quilt way back in November/ December 2014 just before Christmas and at the same time as two other big quilts for publication....... The usual story of everything being due within days of each other, as well as the end of the school year and start of the summer holidays.
I swore the year before that I wouldn't do that to myself again...... flash back to Nov/ Dec 2013 and I had 12 quilts due for my book manuscript.
Apparently I forget stressful life events very easily and quickly!
I'm pretty excited about this quilt - not only did I enjoy creating it BUT it was for a magazine I grew up reading.
A close second in my childhood nostalgia excitement would be Burke's Backyard or A Country Practice and if my quilt was in an episode of either shows - Which wont ever happen as the two shows are no longer.
I apologise to non Australians who have no idea what I am going on about.
The flower hunt prompted Mr 11 and I to do a early morning trip on Saturday to the markets - which was freezing but lovely. I had to get in early - not only because they sell out of flowers so quickly but also because I had a book signing to go to! I was signing my book By The Block at the Sydney Quilt and Craft Fair Which very excitingly won an award
Anyway back to the biscuits
Chocolate biscuits with royal icing and pretty little flowers, they taste beautiful and heavenly with a cup of tea.
Ingredients250g butter, softened
330g caster sugar
2 eggs 2 tsp vanilla extract
450g plain flour 1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup Cocoa
Pre heat oven to 160c fan forced
Beat butter and sugar in an electric mixer until pale and fluffy, then add in vanilla extract and eggs one at a time.
Beat until well combine.
Slowly add in flour, baking powder and cocoa until mixture forms a ball
*if you find the mix is too wet add in a teaspoon of flour at a time until the dough forms a ball in the mixer.
If the mix is too dry add in a teaspoon of milk one at a time until you get the right consistency.
Shape the dough into a long roll shape, wrap it in plastic wrap and place it in the fridge to rest for 30 or so minutes.
Once the dough has rested - using a sharp thin blade slice dough into 1cm thick rounds. Lay the rounds onto a baking tray and bake for 25 minutes.
you should get around 30 biscuits from this recipe, depending on the size roll you made. My biscuits were around 2.5inches(6 cm)in circumferance.
Let the biscuits cool on a wire rack.
Once cool make the royal icing
1 egg white beaten with a fork
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
1.5 cups pure icing sugar
use a fork to beat the egg whites with the lemon and then hand beat in the icing sugar, keep mixing until no lumps appear.
Dip your biscuits in face down covering the top of the biscuit, let the excess icing drip off and then place right side up on a wire rack. Place desired flowers, petals and leaves on the wet icing.
With some of the petals I used a pair of tweezers as I found my fingers were getting a little sticky and the petals kept getting stuck to me instead of the biscuits.
Voila - Very pretty looking biscuits that are very tasty.
and just for the fun of it I have added in a picture of pikelets.
If you follow me on instagram you will know how much of an average mum I can be at times (insert laughter) I was tired last night...
Home on my own with four kids, 8pm and it was raining outside. I was cleaning up after dinner and realised we had no bread and very little milk for the next day which would mean breakfast and school lunches would be a challenge. I did however have eggs and flour.... thank goodness, and at least a cup of milk.
Voila my mums 1971 pikelet recipe saves the day yet again.
Now I really should go to the shops before we have a repeat no food for lunches/ breakfast experience tonight
Work, kids and family logistic can make it very very hard to actually talk to people. I might see them fleetingly or text daily but to actually sit for hours and talk...... That rarely happens.
I was fortunate enough on the long weekend (Queens Birthday in Australia) to catch up with friends that I haven't quiet been able to have a conversation with for sometime or so it felt.... and the country air and beautiful scenery didn't hurt either
I feel refreshed and ready to get some work done. Friends are good for the soul.
of course I packed the boot with quilts! Im never one to miss an opportunity.
Pictured below are two courthouse step quilts - both a little different in pattern widths and colours but similar construction.
Australia is getting stock any moment now, the Australian distributors are just waiting on the shipment to arrive.
Fingers crossed the books will come soon as I am booked to do some book signings at the Craft and Quilt fair in Sydney on the 17th June and I cant do a book signing if we don't have books in Australia!
I do still have a few copies available in my online shop
I'm off to catch up on a million emails and prepare for my classes this week at Hobby Sew Top Ryde