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October 24, 2008

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Banana Bread

Makes x1 1lb (450g) loaf

Ingredients:

x3 large ripe bananas
225g Self Raising flour
Pinch of salt
175g Caster Sugar
100g Unsalted butter
2 Eggs
2 Tablespoons of Golden Syrup

What you need to do:

1. Preheat oven to 160C (325F/Gas Mark 3)

2. Grease and line loaf tin

3. Peel and mash bananas in a bowl

4. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well

5. Spoon mixture into tin and spread to sides

6. Bake for 1 1/2 hours, or until well risen and firm to the touch

7. Remove from oven and leave in tin for 15 minutes

8. Turn out onto cooling rack

9. Serve warm or cold - delicious with custard!

Try substituting one of the banana's for some chocolate chips and about 60g of the flour for cocoa for a chocolaty difference!

Can we have some recipes where you only have the product in the oven for less than 30 mins or so, (save on the gas or electric), one and a half hours in the oven is a long time, so, for people on a budget can you just add a few quick cook ones.
Thank you

You could always split up the mixture into, say, muffin papers. Then you wouldn't need to cook them for nearly as long. And you wouldn't have to fight over who gets the end slice :D

Here's a lovely one for super tasty energy bars. Yummy with a cuppa and fantastic during the week too, keep for ages in a sealed tub. Also, sugar, dairy, wheat free so healthy too!

1 ½ cups ground almonds
1 ½ cups ground walnuts (or pieces, bashed)
¼ cup sesame seeds
½ cup pumpkin seeds
½ cup raisins
½ cup apricots
1 cup dried blueberries
1 cup agave syrup/black strap molasses/maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon, nutmeg or cardamon

1. Preheat oven to 135 degrees C
2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, the mix should be quite sticky
3. Using wet fingers, press the mix into a 7 x 11” oiled & lined baking tray
4. Bake for 30 mins -1 hour depending on preferred degree of chewiness
5. Cool in the tray and cut into pieces
6. Store in fridge

i don't know is this is really a recipe, or if its allowed on such a healthy brand's website....but basically....melt loads of chocolate in a bowl in the microwave. crush up digestive biscuits and stir them in, with some raisons (cos then your getting some fruit and veg...) and maybe even other exciting things like marshmallows, glace cherries or nuts (but obviously not if you don't like cherries and can't eat nuts....) put in the fridge till it sets and O DEAR GOODNESS - it's amazing.
yum yum bring on sunday :)
xx

here's a great recipe from my mum for welsh cakes. Nice and quick to make and they taste great too. Take the left overs into work on Monday (if there are any) and you'll look like a baking genius.

Welsh Cakes

Too late for this year’s St. David’s day but can be eaten at any time of the year!

8 oz self raising flour
1 egg + a little milk
3 oz margarine
3 oz castor sugar
2 oz currants or sultanas
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Rub margarine into flour, add sugar & cinnamon, then stir in fruit, Bind with egg & milk to make a soft dough, (or cheat like me and put everything into the food processor!) Roll out to about 4 cms thick and cook, preferably on a griddle, but a dry thick-based frying pan will also work!
Either sprinkle with sugar or spread with butter.
Yum!

Apple Crumble!

I'm writing from Virginia, USA, where we have a LOT of apples this time of year.

I got into innocent drinks when I was in the UK recently - when are you coming to the USA??? Pretty please?

Anyway, here's the recipe - I hope I translated American measurements and temperatures into English ok - we use cups and ounces, not grams, and centigrade not farenheit (or maybe its the other way around):

Ingredients
200g plain (not self raising) flour
120g dark brown sugar
130g butter
400g apples (no skin, no core, sliced, Granny Smiths or green apples work best, they don't need to be cooking apples)
50g light brown sugar
4 tbsp plain flour
optional: pinch of cinnamon/ or nutmeg

Directions
Mix flour and dark brown sugar
Add the butter and rub into the mixture until it looks like crumbs
Leave to one side
Put the apples in a greased dish
Add the 4 tbsp flour and light brown sugar and mix with the apples
Pour the bread crumbs on top
Put in oven at 180 degrees for about 25-30 mins or until
golden and bubbling

You could probably use light brown sugar for the topping and filling, to reduce the cost of buying both...

Eat immediately - hope you enjoy!

I've been hoping innocent will cross the pond, too! (I once carried a cooler over on the plane...do you know how dear innocent is when purchased at the airport shops? They made it home ok, the ice kept them fairly cold, but of course that's all I could drink for a few days).
Pretty please? I know you'd be a smash here!

Hi Sian,

I've had a lady write in who wondered if it was definitely 4 tablespoons of four as she thought that was a lot. I'm not an expert, so thought we should ask you.

In terms of coming to the States, at the moment we're concentrating on Europe, but it would be lovely to think that one day our drinks would be available everywhere. At least we know you and Lara would be there to welcome them with open arms.

Row

SPICY SAUSAGE CASSEROLE
Serves 2/3 people

Ingredients:
2-3 sausages each - I like Cumberland or Lincolnshire
1 tin kidney beans (large or small depends on how much you like em!)
1 large tin tomatoes - or the nice carton ones with herbs and stuff already in there
1 tablespoon tomatoe puree
1 pint cider - Westons organic works a treat but any will do
1 tablespoon paprika
Cayenne pepper - to your taste
1 onion - chopped
Mushrooms - sliced
1 chilli
2 cloves garlic - crushed
2 dried bay leaves
Some fresh thyme

Method:
Cook the sausages and set to the side.
Fry the onions, garlic, chilli and mushrooms until soft
Add the paprika, Cayenne pepper and tomato puree and stir.
Add tomatoes, bay leaves, thyme kidney beans and finally the cider.
Warm through on the hob, add the sausages and simmer for approx 20 - 30 mins.

If it's not spicy enough add chilli powder, or more cayenne or some tobasco - or all of them!
It it's too spicy add more cider or tomatoes.

Try to remove the bay leaves and serve in a big yorkshire pudding with rustic bread.
Mmmm yummy!

Mmm, that sausage recipe sounds fab! For the tea loaf, try using Earl Grey tea instead of good old PG Tips - you can actualy taste the difference.

Random tip:
If you make an apple cake (lots of recipies, very easy to make) to make the apples extra soft and delicious is use some thawed ones.
I discovered this by accident when I tried to freeze apples to keep them ( I have a whole winters supply of apples floating around my garage now). When I defrosted them they had gone a bit soft and brown, not great raw, but bloody marvelous in cake form.

Best apple cake recipe I found:
350g SR flour
1tsp baking powder
150g butter
150g caster sugar
25g demerara
(cinnamon/nutmeg etc to taste.)
225g apples
2 eggs
120ml milk

1) rub butter into flour (+ baking powder),
2)add everything else (dry first then wet)
3) bake at 180C Gas 4 for 75 min.

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