I haven’t posted at all in the last two weeks (if you’ve missed me then I think you should come say Hi on my social networks!) and I have two reasons for that. One) The end of school means I now have an insane amount of free time to finally do all the things I haven’t had the time for. In the last couple of weeks I’ve read, watched movies, eaten out almost everday, gone shopping, caught up with people I haven’t seen in years, confirmed my post-grad choice, attended a sleepover, booked my first holiday in 10 years, and helped organise, baked for, and enjoyed my cousins engagement party yesterday. Life has been crazy busy and I’ve been loving every second of it, but unfortunately it didn’t leave me with much time to check in on here.
I’ve hinted for a few months now of changes I wanted to make to the blog. Over time those ideas have morfed from just a few tweaks here and there to a complete new look and re-brand. I want to change everything and start from scratch. It will still be a food blog and I already have a new name for it, but I’ve been advised by a number of people to not go ahead with it – I’ve worked on this blog for over 2 years now and have slowly shaped it into something real that not only I enjoy, but others too. My traffic will suffer the most, but honestly? It was never about that in the first place. I’m more worried about losing the few readers who I’ve built strong relationships with. I won’t go into any details just yet, there’s still a lot left to figure out and I want to make the transition with as little disruption as possible and hope it won’t be too much bother for people to make themselves at home in my new site when its finally up. I’m so excited for the changes and hope you like what I have planned! For a little more teasing info look at www.toptiercakes.com and you will see what I have planned!
But that bring me to reason two. Considering this site won’t be up for much longer, I’m trying to invest more time in setting up the new one. So until the transition is made you may not find me here as often. I’ll still be posting here for the next few months at least (I want to take things slow because a) I’m not so good at all the techy/coding stuff and am having to wiki everything and b) that crazy schedule I mentioned earlier). So if things get a bit quiet around here then feel free to visit the archives or get chatty on any of my social networks. See you there!
Anyway. Banana bread. When it comes to my food, or even just life in general I suppose, I’m really not into anything all that fancy. Banana bread is hands down my favourite cake, but I rarely get the opportunity to make it because the bananas in my house rarely last long enough. I even had to hide a couple from the rest of my family (and myself) to get the chance to make this. In terms of food essentials that always make it onto the shopping list, bananas come way before milk and eggs (but after bread and butter because as you all know I live on toast).
By now my family have learned when I pull something out of the oven it’ll still be a few hours before they’re allowed to enjoy it. I still have to let it cool, decorate and photograph and only then does it become theirs. So when I pulled out the banana bread, let it cool just enough to handle and then began slicing it almost immediately, it left my family a little confused. They were pleased they wouldn’t have to wait, but disappointed by how ‘boring’ it looked. But it wasn’t long till they were convinced the taste and texture more than made up for its understated appearance.
THE RECIPE: Preheat oven 170C/325F/Gas mark 3. Makes a 9lb loaf.
255g soft brown sugar
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 tsp bs
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
130g butter, melted
1. Whisk together the sugar and eggs, and then fold in the mashed bananas.
2. In a seperate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and ginger. Add this to the egg mixture and carefully fold the mixtures together.
3. Melt the butter and leave to cool. Onced cooled, add the butter to the mixture and carefully fold it in.
4. Pour into a greased and lined 9lb loaf tin and bake for approx. 1 hour. Once baked, allow to cool in the tin until cool enough to handle. Turn it out and allow to cool completely on a cooling rack. Can be enjoyed both warm and cold.