Banana Bread

So it’s been way longer than planned for a new post on here! Time has absolutely flown by, but I have a bloody good banana bread recipe to make up for my absence!

This bread is quite dense, super moist and incredibly moreish! It should last for days, but so far I’ve been unable to test that as it’s always been scoffed within a day!

I was really surprised to discover that banana bread isn’t a traditional English sweet treat, but actually comes from our friends across the pond. There are two schools of thought on its origin, the first is that the recipe came out of the Great Depression as a way to make use of overripe bananas, the other is that it was developed to promote the sale of baking powder…I prefer the former as the latter just sounds so cold and corporate!

Banana Bread Gif

Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • 150g Butter (+ extra for greasing)
  • 150g Sugar
  • 150g Self Raising Flour
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2 Ripe Bananas (not overripe!)
  • 2tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1tsp Baking Powder

Instructions

  1. Turn the oven to 180ºC (160ºC Fan)
  2. Take your 2lb loaf tin and grease thorougly with butter. It's much better to grease the tin than use greaseproof paper as you get a better 'crust' on your banana bread!
  3. Pop the butter and sugar into a bowl and cream together.
  4. Add the eggs and stir in gently.
  5. Mix the flour in bit by bit - I tend to do it in 3 batches.
  6. Add in the vanilla and baking powder and mix thoroughly.
  7. To finish your mixture add in the chopped bananas and mix until smooth.
  8. Pour mixture into the loaf tin and bake in the oven for 50mins.
  9. Test that the knife comes out the bread clean then leave to cool.
  10. Remove from tin and serve in slices. Goes perfectly with a good up of tea!
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Hope you find this recipe a-peel-ing!

Zoe x

Lime & Pistachio Cupcakes

Mmm I’ve made these several times recently! I love this unusual combination of flavours – I think it’s quite sophisticated! Well…sophisticated for cupcakes!

What you need
makes 6
for the cake
70g self raising flour
70g caster sugar
58g butter
55g ground pistachio
1 medium egg
2 tablespoons milk

for the icing
140g icing sugar
80g butter
1 lime

equipment
cupcake cases
muffin tin
mixing bowl & spoon
icing bag

Method

Set oven to 160°C (180°C conventional)

Combine all the ingredients for the cake in a bowl and mix well until you have a smooth green goo. If your mix looks a bit dry add an extra spoonful of milk 🙂

Spoon your mixture into cases and don’t be discouraged that at this point it doesn’t look very beautiful – it will all be ok by the end I promise!

beforeoven

mixing bowl

Cook for 22-25mins and leave to cool.

Once cooled it’s time to start your icing. Grate the zest of your lime for decoration at the end. Pop the icing sugar and butter in a bowl and mix carefully until smooth. Once that’s done add the juice of a lime gradually so you can control the taste and consistency – I usually add the whole lime as it’s just so yummy!

Grab your icing bag and decorate each cake.

single cake
This was my best one so you can have a close up 😉

no lime cupcakes

Finally sprinkle the zest over the top of each cake, I find the splash of green makes them look so much more appetising!

cupcake close up b
cupcake close up 4
Scoff and enjoy!

I’ve added an easy print out version of the recipe below 🙂

Zoe

Lime & Pistachio Cupcakes

Yield: 6 cupcakes

Lime & Pistachio Cupcakes

Ingredients

    for the cake
  • 70g self raising flour
  • 70g caster sugar
  • 58g butter
  • 55g ground pistachio
  • 1 medium egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
    for the icing
  • 140g icing sugar
  • 80g butter
  • 1 lime

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 160°C (180°C conventional)
  2. Combine all the ingredients for the cake in a bowl and mix well until you have a smooth green goo. If your mix looks a bit dry add an extra spoonful of milk 🙂
  3. Spoon your mixture into cases and don't be discouraged that at this point it doesn't look very beautiful - it will all be ok by the end I promise!
  4. Cook for 22-25mins and leave to cool.
  5. Once cooled it's time to start your icing. Grate the zest of your lime for decoration at the end. Pop the icing sugar and butter in a bowl and mix carefully until smooth. Once that's done add the juice of a lime gradually so you can control the taste and consistency - I usually add the whole lime as it's just so yummy!
  6. Grab your icing bag and decorate each cake.
  7. Finally sprinkle the zest over the top of each cake, I find the splash of green makes them look so much more appetising!
  8. Scoff and enjoy!
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