Banana Loaf

I received a bunch of recipes on email from my fellow foodie, spicy. I have the Huletts and Snowflake recipes – I think I received both from her? Since they’re flying around cyberspace, I thought I’d try some of them and share it with you.

I woke up last Saturday with a weird craving – banana loaf. I think it must’ve been from me looking at those recipes. So I decided to give it a try. This was my result:

banana_loaf
What went in:

  • 125g brick margarine / butter
  • 125ml white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 bananas
  • ½ t vanilla essence
  • 400ml flour
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of bicarbonate of soda
  • 2t baking powder
  • 3T milk

Method

  1. Grease a loaf tin. Cream the margarine and sugar with a wooden spoon.
  2. Add the unbeaten eggs one at a time and beat thoroughly. Mash the bananas with a fork and add to the mixture with vanilla essence.
  3. Sieve the flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder and add to the mixture with the milk. Mix well.
  4. Place the mixture in the tin and bake for ½ an hour at 180ºC. Reduce heat to 140ºC and bake for a further ½ to ¾ of an hour, or until nicely browned and baked through. To test if ready, push a skewer or knitting needle into the loaf. If this comes out clean the cake is ready. If some of the cake mixture sticks to the skewer, the cake needs more baking time.

loaf
HINT: The banana bread is best if you keep it for a few days before eating.

Spicy Pineapple

This is one of many things that Durban’s beachfront is famous for. Pineapple coated with chilli powder, served on a stick. I was craving some and decided to buy a pineapple and do it myself. I mean, its not higher grade 😉

Viola:

pine

At this time of year I miss Durban’s delicious sweet fruits – mango, peach, plum. Sucks to be in Jhb right now 😛

Cottage Pie

Cottage pie needs no introduction. I made it for supper the other night. I normally throw in spaghetti with mince, but I’m cutting down on carbs – yes I know I used potatoes – but a double dosage would have been too much.

cottage_pie

I usually cook my mince with chilli powder, dhania & jeera powder and garam masala, along with ginger garlic, chilli and salt. After topping it with mash, I baked it for about 15 mins. The dish I used had a large base so the mince layer looks, err, thin.

Mini Scones

I made these over the weekend, using my moms recipe. I have to admit they taste better when she makes them (of course!).

This recipe is quite a large one, I made half of it.

scones
Full recipe before halving:

  • 4 full cups of cake flour
  • 6 tsp royal baking powder
  • ¾  t bicarb
  • ± ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ pound butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2t vanilla essence + 2 t banana essence

Bake on 180ºC until golden.

Serve with jam + cream or cheese or just plain butter.