I am missing doing my bread baking tutorials. I have started to double up my bread baking and that has meant I’ve baked less. I made tiger bread on Monday and it has lasted us till today. I have also made sourdough bread in between times and it tends to last a little while also. So … tomorrow is bread bake day, watch this space for a tutorial.
This week has mostly been school work, it has been quite intense with the children’s exams coming up. That is how it’s going to be till June I’m afraid. It means a lot of time sitting round the table working for everyone.
Also I had to go for some errands today, I decided to go out first thing this morning and get them over and done with. It also gives the children some fresh air before we get stuck in. It only really took us an hour today, I have been running back and forth to the pharmacy trying to get my prescriptions. Finally they had my things in today and now I have got all my meds for the next two months.
Opposite the pharmacy is a computer game exchange place the children to look at so we went there. Then we noticed the thrift shop down the road which raises money for the local animal shelter so we looked in there.
I got myself a quirky little cat ornament, it looks like a Wade, but it isn’t. A cheap copy is okay by me, it only cost a quid.
As if I haven’t posted enough banana bread recipes on my page, I’m going to post another one! This might be the last banana bread recipe, because I think I pretty much nailed it. Well, maybe, unless I run out of something and substitute something else and have another happy accident.
I decided we had too many bananas laying about so I turned to my old faithful recipe Thank Me Banana Bread. As I got my ingredients ready I realised I didn’t have enough plain flour, I only had self raising flour or bread flour. I didn’t really want to use my bread flour today so I plumped for the self raising flour. Basically everything else was the same, except I added some baking powder. I am certain this tiny addition of baking powder gave me a really fluffy cake. My method was very slightly different also, and wow, I got a lovely fluffy banana loaf which was superior to the one I made before.
Just for fun I’m renaming this banana bread too, sadly I didn’t take lots of photos because I hadn’t intended on doing a tutorial. I think you can figure it all out though.
Thank Me Again Banana Bread
I actually made two loaf cakes, as it’s more economical to fill my oven and run it, I had lots of bananas laying about anyway.
Recipe for 2 loaf cakes.
2/3 cup melted butter
3 cups self raising flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1.5 cups caster sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
100g/1 large bar milk chocolate (cheap store brand is fine). I usually use a bar per cake but that’s all I had today so 1 bar for two cakes had to do. Just use what you have in the house. Break the chocolate up into small chunks.
Preheat your oven to 175C/350F.
Grease or line two (2lb) loaf tins.
In a large bowl melt the butter.
Into the same bowl mash up the bananas.
Add in all the other ingredients except the chocolate and use a mixer to mix well. (This is what I did different, usually I mix banana cake by hand).
At the end stir in the chocolate.
Divide the mix into the two loaf tins.
Bake for approximately 45 minutes. Test for doneness by inserting a cocktail stick and see if it comes out clean.
Cool in the tins for around 20 minutes.
Lift out onto a wire rack till completely cool.