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Great menu ideas from simple ingredients

Banana Cake

140g butter, softened, plus a little extra for greasing the tin

140g caster sugar

2 large eggs, beaten

140g self raising flour

5ml (1tsp) baking powder

2 very ripe bananas, mashed

50g icing sugar

  • Heat oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4.

  • Butter and flour a 900g (2lb) loaf tin.

  • Cream together 140g softened butter and 140g caster sugar until light and fluffy.

  • Slowly add 2 beaten eggs with a little of the flour.

  • Fold in the remaining flour, 5ml (1tsp) baking powder and 2 mashed bananas.

  • Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for about 50 mins until golden.

  • Cool in the tin for 10 mins, then remove to a wire rack.

  • Mix 50g icing sugar with 10-15ml (2-3tsp) of water to make a runny icing.

  • Drizzle the icing across the top of the cake and decorate with a handful of banana chips if desired.

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Bread Pudding

500g white or wholemeal bread

500g mixed dried fruit

85g mixed peel

20ml mixed spice

600ml milk

2 large eggs (beaten)

140g sugar

Zest of 1 lemon (optional)

100g butter, melted

30ml demerara sugar

  • Tear bread into a large mixing bowl and add fruit, peel and spice.

  • Pour in milk and stir well to completely

  • Add eggs sugar and zest of lemon.

  • Set aside for 15 mins to soak.

  • Heat oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4.

  • Butter and line the base of a 20cm non-stick square cake tin (not one with a loose base).

  • Stir the melted butter into the pudding mixture, tip into the tin, then scatter with demerara sugar.

  • Bake for 1½ hrs until firm and golden.

  • Cover with foil if it starts to brown too

  • Turn out of the tin and strip off the paper.

  • Cut into squares and serve warm.

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Grilled bread with tomatoes, onion, garlic and olive oil

½ small red onion (finely chopped)

8 medium tomatoes (coarsely chopped & drained)

2 - 3 garlic cloves (crushed)

6 - 8 leaves of fresh basil (finely chopped)

30ml balsamic vinegar

60 - 80ml extra virgin olive oil

1 small baguette  

  • In a large bowl mix the onions, tomatoes, garlic and basil.

  • Add the balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil.

  • Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix again.

  • Cover and chill for at least an hour.

  • Slice the baguette loaf diagonally into thick slices.

  • Lightly toast or grill on both sides.

  • Serve the tomato mixture on the warm slices of bread.

More Recipes coming soon

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