Saturday, 2 June 2012

My week of baking.

Happy Jubilee!!


Whether your a real royalist or not, I've come to the conclusion that the 4 day weekend is something for everyone to celebrate anyway. But I'm really enjoying it already.

This week I've been quite busy baking, I used the cupcake cases which I found in a large cook shop in Clapham North, (Dentons, infact). What a bargin £1.56 (including VAT)! - It's one of those wholesale kind of places!! Where on else could you get 100 cupcake cases for £1.56!!! I bought 2 sizes, muffin cases, and mini cupcake cases.


Jubilee Cupcakes



The mixture made 36 mini cupcakes, and about 5 big muffins which was great - much more than usual. But the mini cases, are slightly smaller than usual, so teeny tiny bite size really. Perfect for children.


All iced and ready to go, I wanted to make them more interesting. But found I only had black, yellow red, green writing icing at home. And my heavy handiness would probably have just ruined these dainty little cupcakes!! So they remained plain, and probably boring. But they did go down a treat. We had a little Jubilee Picnic with the children which the weather managed to hold of for!! Let's just hope the weather for the rest of the Jubilee weekend remains dry!



Banana Loaf



So this week has been a busy baking week, I made this Banana loaf with the little girl I look after, it was a perfect child friendly recipe, as it didn't have lots of complicated parts to the recipe. Basically weigh out the ingredients, mash the bananas, and mix everything together.

Perfectly do-able with little hands helping! It came out of the oven slightly early as I was worried it would burn otherwise, so I was slightly concerned it wouldn't be completely cooked all the way through, but it turned out fine.

Oh and I've just remembered, it was a bit of an experiement - I used a bit more milk as we only had one egg in! AND we only plain flour at work! So I did that magic thing of mixing bicarbonate of soda and baking powder and hoping for the best. I'm always slightly slap dash with the amounts when it comes to measuring out teaspoon and tablespoons of ingredients, I really should take my time, and get it accurate!

All of this considered, I'm quite surprised it turned out quite as well as it did. I'll have to have another go with the correct ingredients and proportions!

I always think there's something slightly healthy about Banana Cake, but actually I guess it's actually just cake with Banana in, and only two at that! Nevermind it's the thought that counts.

Here's the recipe:
 (I copied it from a friend so it's shortened)

100g butter
175g caster sugar
2 eggs
2 ripe bananas, mashed
225g self raising flour
1 tablespoon of baking powder
2 tablespoons milk

1. Grease loaf tin, line with baking parchment.
2. Pre-heat oven 180°C (gas mark 4)
3. Measure ingredients into a mixing bowl, beat for 2 mins until well blended.
4. Spoon mixture into tin and level surface.
5. Bake for about 1 hour, until well risen and golden brown, use a fine skewer to check it's cooked in the centre.
7. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for a few minutes, loosen with a palette knife and then turn out cake.
8. Remove baking parchment and leave to cool completely on a wire rack.

9. Slice and serve with a cup of tea, more importantly Enjoy! x


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