For me Sunday has become a day that has developed a reassuring and comfortable routine to it. I no longer get that dreaded “back to school tomorrow ” feeling that can still haunt us in our adult life.
We get up a little later, I make Vegan scramble for breakfast with lovely strong black coffee, and then I pfaff about in the kitchen looking through cookery books and notes and recipes I have written, deciding what I am going to bake or cook later.
This is my little Sunday morning ritual and I suppose this is Hygge for me. If I am super organised I will bake this banana loaf before we go out for a walk, then we come home to that wonderful smell of baking and cinnamon.
Sometimes I jazz it up with dried fruit, raisins, apricots or sometimes maraschino cherries. It’s delicious eaten as it is or toasted, it usually lasts until the next Sunday, just in time for me to whip up another one! Because it’s not really a cake, or a bread I have decidd to simply call it a loaf. So there.
By accident last week I mistook Coconut flour for coconut sugar (should’ve worn my gogs!) thinking I was using the measurement half and half with caster sugar, the dough took on a totally different consistency in the bowl, almost foamy as if it was proving like bread?
And whilst it also didn’t rise nearly as much as when I didn’t add the wrong ingredient it did seem to be lighter in texture after baking?
Or was that because I added more raisins as well? Ah well therein lies the alchemy of cooking…..
My banana loaf recipe.
3 or 4 ripe bananas
250 grams Self raising flour
50 grams Caster Sugar
Vanilla essence (lots)
2 Tablespoons of Cinammon, Mace, Nutmeg or mixed spice
3 tablespoons Baking powder
4 tablespoons rapeseed oil
If you’re feeling fruity add Raisins or Cherries or Apricots, whatever floats your boat, a good quantity so they will evenly distribute through the mix.
Whack the oven on at 180 C and grease and flour your loaf tin
Skin and mash the bananas, sling them in a large bowl and add the vanilla and spices and oil and mix really well. (the mixture will be quite runny.)
Sift the flour and baking powder in along with the sugar and the dried fruit of your choice and mix really well again until every thing is all nice muddled together.
Pour into your loaf tin and bang the tin a couple of times on a flat surface to level it and get rid of any air bubbles.
Bake for 30 minutes then cover the top with baking parchment or foil and bake for another 20 minutes or so or until a knife comes out clean.
When it’s completely cool turn it out on to a rack to completely cool all through.
Enjoy immediately or wrap in foil until you eat it.
NB. I have just tried it with some crunchy peanut butter and it tastes awesome!