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 ;-)
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!