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I am loving the warm weather that the UK has been blessed with recently. Seriously, I won’t hear a word of this ‘it’s too hot’ nonsense. It is glorious!
But whilst I love the warm weather it is playing havoc with my fruit bowl. Honestly, I can’t turn my back on it for five minutes without its contents becoming overripe and threatening to turn to mush right before my eyes. As a result I’ve had plenty of chances to play around with my favourite banana bread recipe (which also happens to be vegan). These are such a great breakfast treat, they’re moist, light, fluffy and flavourful. They’re also better the next day, so you can bake in the evening when it’s cooler and enjoy them for breakfast the next day!
makes about 12
3 medium, very ripe bananas
50g light soft brown sugar
65ml vegetable oil
135g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/4 tsp of ground cinnamon
100g of muesli
demerara sugar to finish
Pre-heat your oven to 180°c and grease and line a muffin tin with wrappers.
Mash the bananas really well, so they’re quite smooth and beat them with the sugar and oil. Sift together the flour, raising agents and cinnamon and then briefly fold them into the mashed banana mixture, so that they are just combined. Stir in the muesli and then spoon the batter into the muffin wrappers. Sprinkle the tops with a little demerara sugar to add a little crunch. Bake the muffins for 20-25 minutes, until they are risen and fluffy and a cake tester comes out clean when you insert it into them. If you can resist eating them while they’re still warm then these are even nicer the next day, banana bread always is!
Happy summer solstice everyone! It’s the longest day of the year for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, which means more hours of daylight (and hopefully sunshine) and as far as I’m concerned that’s cause for celebration. One year (a really, really long time […]
How does this look for a summer brunch!? Golden fluffy pancakes that will help you on your way to your five-a-day? Yes please! I’m a sucker for anything that involves dill so these are a winner for me. They make a pretty hearty breakfast but have got lots of light summer flavours.
You can use whatever type of squash is in season, I actually wanted yellow courgettes but I think I was a bit early for them so I had to settle for a green one. You can also top them with whatever you like. We enjoyed them with gravadlax (mmmm, more dill) but smoked or even poached fish would also be nice .
1 medium yellow or green courgette/squash
200g plain flour
2 tbsp baking powder
salt and pepper
30g butter (melted)
2 tbsp finely chopped dill
oil for frying
poached eggs, gravadlax, sour cream to serve
Grate the squash and then wrap it up in a clean tea towel and give it a good squeeze to remove some of the excess moisture. Set aside.
Place the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl and whisk them together. In a seperate jug beat together the buttermilk, eggs and melted butter. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet mixture. Gradually mix the wet into the dry to leave you with a thick smooth batter.
Add the grated squash and the chopped dill and mix through, ensuring that everything is well combined.
Heat a little oil in a frying pan and pour the batter into the pan to create the pancakes, make them as big or small as you like (although smaller ones are easier to flip!). When little bubbles start to form around the edges of the pancakes they should be ready to turn over. Cook until both sidea are golden brown and serve topped with cured or smoked fish, poached eggs or a little sour cream.
These are a lovely savoury twist on a sweet tea-time classic. You don’t have to limit them to afternoon indulgence though – these have proved very popular for breakfast and brunch topped with fried or poached eggs.
You can use any hard, medium-fat cheese you like in these so long as it’s got plenty of flavour. Welsh cheddar and Caerphilly are obviously great choices but I’ve used a mix of extra mature cheddar and Wensleydale in this batch. A cheese that’s a bit crumbly means that it will be distributed more evenly through the dough.
makes about 12 (depending on size)
2 tbsp finely chopped chives
150g plain flour
75g wholemeal flour
100g cheese (see note above)
splash of milk
pinch of black pepper
Sift together the flours. Cut the butter into small pieces and rub this into the dry ingredients to leave you with a mixture that resembles fine breadcrumbs. Crumble the cheese, fairly finely and then mix this through the flour and butter, together with the chives and black pepper.
Lightly beat the egg and use this to bring the dry mixture together to form a soft dough. If you need a little more moisture then incorporate a splash of milk into the mix.
Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to about 1cm thick. Take a round cutter, any size you like, to cut out the cakes. Cook these in a little butter on a heavy-based frying pan over a medium heat. They should take about 3 minutes on each side and be just cooked in the middle