Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Cuppa tea & chocolate chip banana bread

First of all, I would like to thank everyone for their well wishes for my sister. It means a lot to me. She's been released from the hospital and is sounding chipper. She still has headaches and is very weak, but she is well and truly on the mend. Given this, I feel I can now enjoy my mum's visit... and what a busy couple of weeks I have ahead of me!!

The girls birthdays' are weeks away (days for the youngest), and so, birthday preparations are underway... namely, my mum teaching me to use a sewing machine, so that I can knock up a few pinnies (aprons) for the little party goers... I'm hoping to give these as favors, as I've planned a little baking treat for them! (The last time I was near a sewing machine, I was 13 years of age and in a Home Economics class... I think I'm going to be on a pretty steep learning curve, but who says you can't learn and old dog new tricks??)

Anyhoo, during my mum's visit, there will be a lot of tea supped... the hubby says that he can tell when we have visitors from Blighty, as the sink and/or dishwasher is full of mugs at all times... for me, it's how it should be... one of life's little pleasures is to share tea and have a chin-wag with good company... I'm always disappointed when my offer of a cup of tea is turned down... guests probably expect me to go on to offer coffee, but, honestly, I'm doing them a favour by not making them one...

Apologies for the quality of the photo's today... the hubby took my camera to work!

So, today, after drinking my umpteenth cup of tea, I decided to bake... just because I wanted to fill the house with that, 'I've been baking all day' smell... and so,  I whipped up a banana bread to munch upon with said cups of tea... and, because I didn't get my fill of chocolate on Halloween, I decided to add some chocolate chips in for good measure (you can never have too much chocolate)... it turned out to be the perfect accompaniment for a hot cuppa on a cold autumn day.

I hope you're all having a lovely week... it's starting to turn pretty chilly here... so, I'll be eating all the yummy English food my mum brought over... you know, just to add some winter insulation ;-)

Take care.

P.S. I popped the recipe on especially for my mum... she enjoyed it so much, she's going to make it when she gets home...

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
¾ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
3 ripe bananas (mashed)
¼ cup of milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ cup of butter or margarine (1 stick)
1 cup of sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350F . Grease a metal loaf pan. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a bowl.

In another bowl combine the bananas, milk and vanilla extract.

In a large bowl, with the mixer on a medium setting, beat the butter and sugar, until light and fluffy.  Beat in the eggs one at a time.

Reduce the mixer to a low setting and add the flour and banana mixture, a little at a time alternating between the two (scrape the bowl with a spatula to make sure it all gets incorporated).

Once the mixture is just blended, fold in the chocolate chips.  Pour the mixture into your prepared loaf pan. Bake for approximately 1 hour 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the loaf comes out clean.

Cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then remove and cool completely on a rack.

Taste tested, and confirmed, delicious with a cup of tea!


  1. I'm with you on the tea, it's my drink of choice! Look forward to seeing the little aprons. Sounds like you're having some fun with your Mum. x

  2. Glad to hear your getting the sewing machine out - with mum's help. We have a new programme here called Kirsty's Homemade Home you would love it - very British!! Love the cake recipe I will definitely try it, can't have enough chocolate. Enjoy your time with your Mum and glad your sister is on the mend.

  3. SO glad to hear
    that your sister is
    recuperating nicely
    and that you can
    relax and ENJOY your
    mom's visit!!! I
    am visiting my own
    mom and dad this week
    and it IS wonderful
    to share those cups
    of tea....and chats....
    My son had his b-day
    on Saturday so we
    were in b-day mode, too!
    Got to love fall babies : )
    Have fun!!
    xx Suzanne

  4. So good to hear you sister is on the road to recovery. I'll keep her in my thoughts. This recipe looks absolutely delicious and it's chilly here too, perfect with tea!!

  5. I love the 'air mail' cup. Glad that things are better with your sister. x

  6. I love my daily cups of tea throughout the day, especially when accompanied by a yummy treat. Sounds like you have a busy time ahead - the little aprons you are going to make sound like such a wonderful idea for favours x

  7. I love making banana bread but never thought to add chocolate! I'll have to give this a go next time.

    Glad your sister is on the mend. x x

  8. love banana bread & a cuppa tea hon....

    all is back where it should be...your loved sister home and your mama getting ready for your daughters birthdays with you....ENJOY....

    gorgeous mug- did your mum bring you that one??
    did she manage to squeeze in any other english goodies for you??

    melissa xx

  9. Laura, I am so glad to hear that your sister is improving. What a scare for her and for everyone in your family.

    I really hope that you enjoy this special time with your mum and please give your girls a big Aussie Birthday G'Day from me!

    Best wishes always,

  10. oooh, banana bread AND chocolate - yum! I'm sorry to hear you're sister hasn't been well, but good to know that she is on the mend.
    Hope you have a fabulous time with your mum! xx

  11. Sewing isn't that hard. It's more getting accustomed to the sewing machine. I use an old Singer Featherweight. I don't care for all the computer stuff when it comes to sewing. Forward and reverse is enough for me. Glad to hear sister is on the mend. And you will have a fabulous time!

  12. Hi Laura,

    I'm so glad that your sister is getting better and glad for you that your mum is there with you. Having family around you in another country is so lovely, enjoy her as much as you can! And bravo for going back to the sewing machine, I tried and failed and tried again... perhaps your mum wants to come to Switzerland on her way home?
    And maybe, a BIG maybe, your recipes will lure me into baking.... It always looks delicious and reading about chocolate, I think I saw a leftover piece in the fridge from when the cousins where here... Have a lovely time,
    Night night sweet Laura!
    Maureen x

  13. happy to see all is going well now...the cake sounds delicious!

  14. Glad to hear your sister is doing well! That banana bread sounds absolutely delicious!! Might have to splurge and make that one :)


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