Our next post has been donated to us by Louise Houghton, currently residing in rural Greater Manchester. She’s a married mum of two who loves cooking and baking for her husband and young ones in order to feed them and herself(who wouldn’t) yummy things.
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Ladies and gentlemen, may we introduce food blogger Louise Houghton and her… “Delightful” Wholemeal Banana Bakes.
I am not a complete inventor of recipes but like tweaking and definitely trying new things. I love cooking from scratch but let’s be honest you sometimes need the freezer on a busy day. However, I am also a great believer in getting left over portions in the freezer for that busy day when it does come around!
I really enjoy watching the Food Network channel, having some fave programmes I watch when I get the chance, which is normally when I’m eating lunch while the boys and hubby are at school and work. I sit with a pencil and paper and jot down recipes, hints and tips plus ingredients that I think I should have in my stock cupboard and other general ideas.
I love, love, love, Ina Garten for her stylish but simple Back To Basics recipes, even though she would not accept a vanilla pod unless it had been rolled on the thigh of a Mauritian virgin, or something like that!
Then there is the show Diners, Drive Ins and Dives for ideas on some great home cooking recipes – the idea to make meatloaf came from watching that. I am, of course, a fan of UK chefs too, and being conscious of not wasting food, or money, I am loving Jamie Oliver’s current money-saving series.
I have the book, too, and having picked up a bamboo steamer at a recent boot fair (it has already been given a thoroughly good wash) I can’t wait to try his recipe for pork dim sum! I have a number of his books and his 30-minute meal one is great for me. Even though I don’t cook most meals in that time as I don’t generally need to, I love the time- saving ideas he uses.
Autumn is absolutely my favourite season of the year. I always look forward to making a special Halloween tea for my boys with tasty themed treats, although when I used the pulp after last year’s pumpkins had been carved I decided I wouldn’t be making pumpkin pie again – bit sweet for us.
I am excited, too, that we are getting towards Christmas. I love, love, love the festive season and start planning my cooking and baking once Halloween and Bonfire night are over, normally making my cake and pudding the first weekend of November.
Around this time I usually take part in one of the craft festivals organised by my local craft network. This is my chance to make yummy food to get people in the festive spirit. I make anything from winter chutney, my own mincemeat and seasonal cakes. (These are great for those who are not too keen on a traditional fruit cake or pudding.)
I like to use lots of cranberries, pecans and orange. I made some great oatmeal crackers a while ago, much like a digestive biscuit which go great with the chutney and a good cheddar so I will be including those on my table this year. Here is last year’s table straining under the pressure of cakes and bakes!
The decoration and dressing of the food is just as important to me as the content and I always take great care in making sure it looks inviting. Most years I make hampers of food , like here, with foodie goodies for people either as presents or to sell. This one was made as a raffle prize for the school Christmas fayre last year.
I started my blog about 18 months ago and it is very much a work in progress, but I love sharing my creating and baking with people. (I am also a papercrafter). So, perhaps I should share one of my favourite recipes.
For a quick snack for my boys when we are at the park after school or when we get home and fancy something to go with a cup of hot chocolate when we got home, this will suit both occasions. I quite often make them whilst the boys are eating their breakfast because they are so quick to make. For using up over ripe bananas and to get some wholemeal into young children you just cannot go wrong with these!
Wholemeal Banana Bakes
(These can be made either as individual muffins or as a tray bake.)
2 ripe bananas
75g butter, melted
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
½ cup hot milk
1½ cups wholemeal plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
½ cup soft brown sugar
½ cup saltanas
THE EASY BIT
Pre-heat the oven to 200°C, grease your chosen tin or lay out your muffin cases.
Mash the bananas, add the egg and the butter. Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda into the milk and add this, too.
Sift the flour and remaining ingredients into the wet mix, until just combined. (Keep back a little of the sifted wholemeal to put on top of the mixture just before they go into the oven.)
Fill your muffin cases or tray, sprinkle your wholemeal on top and bake for 15 – 20 minutes. This mix should make about 12 or 14 depending on the size of your muffin cases or about nine big tray bake slices.
Simple but effective when feeding constantly hungry children and you might like to make double the recipe as I guarantee they will NOT last long, unlike this blog post.
Huge thanks to our guest author Louise, as always, for this brilliant baking article, if you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read why not check out her own personal Creating and Baking Blog?
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