Paired with a hot cup of coffee, this easy banana bread is the perfect sweet treat and it gets better with age, meaning you don’t have to gobble it all down straight away. You don’t have to but no one is stopping you…It’s based on Madeleine Shaw’s banana loaf, but I’ve played with the ingredients slightly, switching coconut sugar for brown sugar, swapping a vanilla pod for vanilla extract, and adding walnuts and extra sugar to make a delicious crust. For the crust, I suggest…Continue Reading “Banana and walnut bread”

The best-ever brownies

Published in The Usborne First Cookbook, I first discovered this recipe when I was about nine, and I haven’t looked back since. They’re incredibly easy to make and are by far the best brownies ever – I once had a full-on argument with my boyfriend because he’deaten the last one. Never come between a woman and her homemade brownies…Essential info:Oven: 180°/350°F/Gas mark 4Tin: Shallow oblong 18x28cm (7×11 inches)Ingredients:110g (4oz) butter110g (4oz) plain chocolate225g (8oz) caster sugar2 beaten eggs110g (4oz) plain flour½ tsp baking powder110g (4oz)…Continue Reading “The best-ever brownies”

Chocolate and Guinness cake

This chocolate and Guinness cake by the Hummingbird Bakery is possibly the best chocolate cake I have ever tasted. Big statement, I know – and possibly a biased one seeing as I baked it! But, as someone who will always choose traditional Victoria sponge over chocolate cake, this was a revelation, and I’m embarrassed to say, two of us polished it off in no less than four days.The recipe states that you need an electric whisk, but I’m happy to report that it turned out…Continue Reading “Chocolate and Guinness cake”