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An absolute passion of mine is baking and home cooked meals. I will add my favourite recipes and details of my weekly baking missions.

Jules' Banana, Pecan, White Chocolate Loaf

Here is the recipe, its very easy but the key is not to overcook it and it is then really moist, can be eaten as is or with butter on it.

100g butter
3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup mashed banana ( 2 medium bananas)
1/2 cup each, chopped pecans, chopped white chocolate

*  Preheat the oven to 180C.  Beat the butter and sugar till pale and creamy.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
*  Dissolve the baking soda in the milk and mix it into the batter in batches, alternately with the flour and mashed banana.
*  Gently mix through the pecans and white chocolate.  Pour the mixture into a lined 24cm loaf pan/tin and bake for approx 45min - 1 hour depending on the oven.  Insert a skewer in the loaf to check it comes out clean. 

Have fun baking !

Tan Squares

For the Base
170g Butter
1/3 cup of sugar
½ tsp vanilla essence
2 ¼ cups of flour
2 tbsp walnuts
6 squares of dark chocolate

For the Filling
55g Butter
1 tbsp golden syrup
½ tin sweetened condensed milk

Getting Ready
Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F and line a tin with baking paper, or grease it light. Bring the butter to room temperature. Chop the walnuts and chocolate.

Mixing and Baking
  1. Cream the butter and sugar until soft and fluffy, add the vanilla essence and work in the flour to form a soft paste.
  2. Remove one-third to use for the topping and set it aside in a covered bowl in the fridge to chill slightly.
  3. Press the remaining mix into the prepared tin and chill while you make the filling.
  4. Put the filling ingredients in a saucepan and stir over a gentle heat until they have melted together. Set aside to cool to room temperature and then spread over the chilled base.
  5. Crumble the reserved topping mixture into a bowl and mix with walnuts and chocolate, and sprinkle over the caramel. Bake for 35 minutes, rotating after 20 minutes, until the topping is a nice tan colour. Cut into squares or fingers while still warm and leave in the tin until cold. Store airtight. Makes 16 large squares or 32 fingers.

Chocolate chip slice

Here's the recipe and it's really quick and easy:

125g Butter
¼ cup of white sugar
½ cup of brown sugar
1 Egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 ½ cups of flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ cup of chocolate chips

2 cups of icing sugar
1 Tbsp of Cocoa powder
25g butter melted
2-3 tsp of hot water

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Beat butter and sugars until pale and creamy. Add egg and vanilla, beat well.
  2. Mix in flour, baking soda and chocolate chips. Press mixture into a lined slice pan (28 x 20cm) and bake for 15 minutes.

  3. Once slice is cold mix together icing sugar and cocoa in a bowl. Add melted butter and enough hot water to make a firm icing. Spread over slice.

Quick & Easy Carrot Cake

½ cup oil
3 eggs
2 large grated carrots
1 ½ cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 ½ tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp mixed spice
½ tsp salt
½ cup saltanas
½ cup walnuts

1.       Preheat oven to 180°C
2.       Whisk together oil, eggs and sugar
3.       Sift in flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, & salt
4.       Add carrot, walnuts and saltanas and mix together
5.       Bake for 25 – 30 mins
6.       Allow to completely cool before taking out of tin

Spiced Feijoa Cake

125g butter
1 Cup chopped feijoas (I removed skin them chopped in my Tupperware Turbo Chef)
1 Cup Sugar
1 Egg
1 1/2 Cups Flour
1 Tsp Salt
1 Tsp Baking Soda
2 Tsp Cinnamon
1 Tsp All spice

1 1/2 Tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 Cup Rolled Oats
1/4 Brown Sugar
1 Tsp White Sugar

1. Melt butter in a pot or microwave bowl.
2. Add feijoas, sugar and eggs to the melted butter and beat well.
3. Sift in dry ingredients and fold in.
4. Pour into greased and lined tin.
5. Bake at 180oC for 30 - 40 mins until cake springs back when touched.

Fab Feijoa Muffins

75g Butter
1 Cup of finely chopped Feijoa (Tupperware Turbo chef is fab for this)
2 Eggs
Finely grated rind of one Orange
1/4 cup of juice from the Orange (can be made up with extra lemon juice to make 1/4 cup if need)
3/4 Cup Sugar
2 Cups Flour
2 Tsp Baking Powder

1 Tsp cinnamon
 1 Tbsp Sugar

1. Heat oven to 210oC
2. Melt butter in large bowl until liquid
3. Scoop out soft centre of Feijoas and cut into pea size piece (I use the Turbo chef instead)
4. Mix into melted butter
5. Add eggs, orange rind and orange juice
6. Mix sugar, flour and baking powder in a separate bowl then sprinkle over egg mix and fold together. (If mix is a bit dry add milk to make to muffin consistency)
7. Mix topping together
8. Fill muffin tins, sprinkle over topping and bake for 10 - 15 mins or until cooked.

Variation (which I made) Add and extra 1/4 cup to the sugar and fold in 1 cup of frozen berries after the flour and sugar is mixed.