Sunday, 23 March 2014

Bananas and Bags

Part 1: Bananas
I'm always full of fruity enthusiasm when I buy a bunch of bananas. I am convinced that I will eat the whole bunch in a healthy fresh fruit frenzy. I'm nearly always wrong!  Unfortunately I don't like raw bananas once they have started to get brown spots on the skin so I usually end up with a couple to use up.  I managed to find a recipe ages ago that uses three (yippee) so I thought I would share it with you. I have it written out in a book so apologies for not crediting whoever came up with it.

Banana and Chocolate Cake
You need:
250g butter
3 quarters of a cup of soft brown sugar
2 eggs
1.5 cups self raising flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
Half teaspoon of salt
3 ripe bananas mashed
150ml sour cream (or cream)
1 cup small chocolate buttons

Pre-heat the oven to 160*C and grease a 20cm ring tin (8cm deep), or whatever tin you have really!
Cream together the butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time beating well between each. Add flour, bicarbonate and salt and combine well. Add the bananas, sour cream, and chocolate buttons and mix gently.  Pour into the tin and bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until firm to the touch and a skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly in the tin before turning out and dust with icing sugar. It also makes about 20 muffins which take about 15mins to bake.

I had some squirty cream to use up so I used that, and swapped the buttons for mini mallows which also needed using.  It came out nice if a little sweet!  Hope you enjoy.  Sorry there isn't a photo - it got scoffed before I thought to take one!

Part 2: Bags
I'm still preparing for the play workshops I'm doing at the weekend.  I think I'm nearly there. I just needed to do a couple of examples of puppets out of everyday things to take with me, so here are my two paper bag puppets.

Lion

Owl

They made me smile, but then again, I'm easily pleased ;-)

I'm off to link up with Handmade Harbour to read all the lovely blogs.  I woul love it if you said hello and left a comment.  See you next time.
http://handmadeharbour.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/handmade-monday-160.html




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