Posts Tagged ‘cooking’

Banana bread. Well, muffins.

November 10, 2008


My father somehow got hold of this book and it’s so small, it kind of got lost amongst all the other larger cookbooks we own. But I found it the other day, and started to flip through it. The recipes are all really simple, and so delicious-sounding, but I had to put it aside until my exams were over so I could concentrate on studying. But now they are over! And today, my first real day off since the holidays started (since I had to work all weekend) I sat down and took a serious look through the book. I made a list of all the recipes I wanted to try, and then decided to make the banana bread since I had a couple of bananas in the fruit bowl that were going quite brown. Except when I looked through my cake tin pile I realized I didn’t have an oblong loaf tin that this recipe calls for….I so thought I had one!! I added it to the shopping list & decided to make this recipe into muffins instead. I had to change the recipe a little because I didn’t have any buttermilk, so I just used plain milk, and though I didn’t add any this time, you could add some ground nutmeg or cinnamon to enhance the flavour of the banana.


You will need:

1 & 1/2 cups Plain flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

125 grams softened Butter

1 cup Sugar

2 Eggs

2 very ripe Bananas, mashed with a fork

1/2 cup Milk

pinch salt


Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius, and grease 5×9″ loaf tin, or a muffin tin (I used patty pans in mine).

Cream butter & sugar together with an electric beater. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the mashed bananas, again beating in well. Start to add the dry ingredients (the original recipe said to sift the flour & baking powder & salt together but I can never be bothered doing that) a little at a time, alternating each addition with a little milk. Beat until well combined.

Spoon mixture into loaf tin or muffin tray. Baking takes 55-60 minutes in the loaf tin, or for muffins about 25 minutes. Test by inserting a metal skewer into the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean, it is ready.


Bananas are really cool. Those little black flecks weren’t in the batter when I made it, but they magically appeared during cooking! I’ve already eaten two muffins, they are so wonderfully moist and the outsides are just a tiny bit crispy….just perfect!


Big thanks to Andrew for lending me his camera for these photos today 🙂



October 13, 2008

Just quickly, I thought I would show you all a photo of my new gas BBQ! It is such a pleasure to cook on, because just like gas in the kitchen, the BBQs temperature is so much easier to controll. With our other home-made BBQ, which uses coals to cook on, it was usually way too hot (especially for something like the marinated chicken wings we had on Saturday) so we used to raise the grate up off the body of the BBQ which was quite a risky thing to do… One wrong move & there goes all the food! So overall, very satisfied & can’t wait to use it again!