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Recipe of the Week: Cherry, Pineapple & Banana Cake

Cherry, Pineapple & Banana Cake

Cherry, Pineapple & Banana Cake

  • Servings: 10 slices
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 305 per portion
Fat 10g (6.1g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Self-raising flour 225g (8oz)
  • Butter 110g (4oz), diced
  • Caster sugar 150g (5oz)
  • Eggs 2
  • Ripe bananas 450g (1lb), weighed in their skins
  • Glacé cherries 150g (5oz)
  • Pineapple chunks 227g can, drained and chopped
  • Few sugar lumps roughly crushed to decorate (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/325°F/Gas 3. Grease an 18cm (7in) deep round cake tin and line the base with a circle of greaseproof or non-stick baking paper.
  2. Put the flour and butter into a bowl and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar and then beat in the eggs one at a time.
  3. Peel the bananas and mash on a plate with a fork then beat into the cake mixture. Halve 8 of the cherries and reserve for decoration, then cut the rest into quarters and add these to the cake mixture with the drained pineapple pieces. Gently stir the cake until just mixed then spoon into the prepared tin.
  4. Spread the top level and decorate with a ring of the reserved cherry halves and a few crushed sugar lumps, if using. Bake the cake for 1–1¼ hours or until the top is golden and slightly cracked and a skewer comes out cleanly when inserted into the centre.
  5. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for 15 minutes, then loosen the edges with a knife and turn out on to a wire rack. Leave to cool before peeling off the lining paper. Store in an airtight tin for up to 1 week.

Cook’s tips

If you have some sugar lumps at the back of the cupboard, then break up a few with a rolling pin and use to decorate the cake. If not, simply leave them out. Any leftover cherries can be used to top fairy cakes.

 

Fantastic Food For Less cookbookFantastic Food For Less

This recipe is taken from Fantastic Food for Less – one of my favourite cookbooks of all time!

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Random Acts of Kindness

Cherry, Pineapple & Banana Cake

We recently had a meeting to begin the 2020 (yes really!) Dairy Diary project. As I’m sure you know, the front of the diary is packed with information and inspiration. One of the subjects we discussed for inclusion in the diary was how to be happy – the meeting was held on International Happiness Day!

And it was really interesting to see the differences in what evokes happiness in different people.

For me, being outdoors is essential to feeling happy and well. But also, giving, I find that giving just a little something gives me a real sense of wellbeing.

And this giving doesn’t even have to be a ‘thing’. I often give compliments, even to people I barely know, if I think they have on a lovely coat or do something really well. It brightens everyone’s day.

I also try to help if I see someone struggling with something, such as a heavy basket or a stubborn door. Today, I was on my phone whilst choosing a bunch of daffodils (checking on ingredients at home and not concentrating on the job in hand) and I picked up a broken bunch. A complete stranger, who noticed what I had done, brought over another bunch and swapped them for me. What a lovely thing to do! It really made me smile and I’m sure it gave her a moment of happiness too.

We recently moved into a brand new house, and gradually, the houses around us are becoming inhabited too. After the removal vans pull away, my children sneak up and post a ‘new home’ card through the door introducing ourselves. The next day, they then arrive with a freshly baked cake to make the arduous job of unpacking a little happier. I love the fact that the children too, spread a little cheer.

But, don’t get the wrong impression – as much as I would love to devote hours of my time to good causes and baking elaborate creations for charity bake sales, my life is far too busy. 

This  Cherry, Pineapple & Banana Cake is my current go-to recipe for a very speedy gift.

It literally takes me 10 minutes to prepare and I usually have all of the ingredients to hand – it’s a great way to use up bananas slightly past their best too. Have a go – this could be your random act of kindness for the week – it’s sure to be appreciated.

 

Cherry, Pineapple & Banana Cake

  • Servings: 10 slices
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 305 per portion
Fat 10g (6.1g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Self-raising flour 225g (8oz)
  • Butter 110g (4oz), diced
  • Caster sugar 150g (5oz)
  • Eggs 2
  • Ripe bananas 450g (1lb), weighed in their skins
  • Glacé cherries 150g (5oz)
  • Pineapple chunks 227g can, drained and chopped
  • Few sugar lumps roughly crushed to decorate (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/325°F/Gas 3. Grease an 18cm (7in) deep round cake tin and line the base with a circle of greaseproof or non-stick baking paper.
  2. Put the flour and butter into a bowl and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar and then beat in the eggs one at a time.
  3. Peel the bananas and mash on a plate with a fork then beat into the cake mixture. Halve 8 of the cherries and reserve for decoration, then cut the rest into quarters and add these to the cake mixture with the drained pineapple pieces. Gently stir the cake until just mixed then spoon into the prepared tin.
  4. Spread the top level and decorate with a ring of the reserved cherry halves and a few crushed sugar lumps, if using. Bake the cake for 1–1¼ hours or until the top is golden and slightly cracked and a skewer comes out cleanly when inserted into the centre.
  5. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for 15 minutes, then loosen the edges with a knife and turn out on to a wire rack. Leave to cool before peeling off the lining paper. Store in an airtight tin for up to 1 week.

Cook’s tips

If you have some sugar lumps at the back of the cupboard, then break up a few with a rolling pin and use to decorate the cake. If not, simply leave them out. Any leftover cherries can be used to top fairy cakes.

 

Fantastic Food For Less cookbookFantastic Food For Less

This recipe is taken from Fantastic Food for Less – one of my favourite cookbooks of all time!

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Cute Easter Bake

Mini Egg Rocky Road

Perfect for Making with Little Ones

This cute little bake is great fun and simple to make with children. And it’s a huge hit with anyone who tastes it – young and old alike!

 

Mini Egg Rocky Road

  • Servings: 16 squares
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 175 per portion
Fat 11g (6g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients

  • Butter 110g (4oz)
  • Milk chocolate 110g (4oz), chopped
  • Digestive biscuits 110g (4oz)
  • Chocolate mini eggs 110g (4oz)
  • Mini marshmallows 110g (4oz)
  • Dried cranberries 25g (1oz)

Instructions

  1. Line an 18cm (7in) square baking tin with cling film.
  2. Place butter and chocolate in a large bowl and microwave for about 1 minute, until melted, checking frequently.
  3. Put biscuits and mini eggs into a strong polythene bag and bash with a rolling pin until broken up. Stir into chocolate with marshmallows and cranberries.
  4. Press into tin and refrigerate for at least an hour until firm. Remove from tin and cut into 16 squares.

A Dairy Diary recipe.

 

 

 

#easter

#bakewithchildren

#easterrecipe

#tripletested

Recipe of the Week: Coffee Sponge with Ginger Cream

 

A gorgeous but simple Mothering Sunday bake.

 

Coffee Sponge with Ginger Cream

Coffee Sponge with Ginger Cream

  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 491 per portion
Fat 37g (23g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Instant coffee 2 tsp
  • Unsalted butter 175g (6oz), softened
  • Caster sugar 175g (6oz)
  • Eggs 3, beaten
  • Self-raising flour 175g (6oz), sifted
  • Double cream 400ml (14fl oz)
  • Icing sugar 1 tbsp
  • Stem ginger in syrup 2 pieces, finely sliced
  • Blueberries and/or edible flowers to decorate (optional)

Instructions

  1. 1 Preheat oven to 180°C/160°fan/Gas 4. Grease and base-line two 18cm (7in) sandwich tins. Mix coffee with 1 tablespoon boiling water.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and caster sugar until fluffy.
  3. Beat in coffee and eggs, a little at a time. Fold in flour and then pour into tins.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until sponge springs back when lightly touched. Cool in tins for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Whip cream with icing sugar and1 tablespoon of syrup from ginger. Use half to sandwich cakes together. Spread remaining cream on top and decorate with ginger, blueberries and/or edible flowers. Chill until ready to serve.

 

A Dairy Diary recipe.

 

#motheringsunday

#mothersday

#bakewithkindness

#cake

#tripletested

 

Mothering Sunday bake

An easy but decadent bake for Mothering Sunday

Every shop that you wander into will have made sure you know it’s Mothering Sunday this weekend, as there’s no end of signage everywhere badgering you to spend.

Mother’s Day can be met with mixed emotions as many cannot be with their own mum, for many different reasons.

Mums should be celebrated though. Parenting is one of the hardest, most challenging ‘jobs’ in the world and those who do it well deserve a big thank you.

This cake is really easy to
make but looks really pretty.

Bake it for a mum you know who deserves a treat. (You could also leave your Dairy Diary open at this page as a big hint to your children/other half!)

I’ll be making two this year – one for my own long-suffering mum, and one for my sister-in-law Jo, who’s a brilliant mum and who also recently lost her own mum.

 

Coffee Sponge with Ginger Cream

Coffee Sponge with Ginger Cream

  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 491 per portion
Fat 37g (23g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Instant coffee 2 tsp
  • Unsalted butter 175g (6oz), softened
  • Caster sugar 175g (6oz)
  • Eggs 3, beaten
  • Self-raising flour 175g (6oz), sifted
  • Double cream 400ml (14fl oz)
  • Icing sugar 1 tbsp
  • Stem ginger in syrup 2 pieces, finely sliced
  • Blueberries and/or edible flowers to decorate (optional)

Instructions

  1. 1 Preheat oven to 180°C/160°fan/Gas 4. Grease and base-line two 18cm (7in) sandwich tins. Mix coffee with 1 tablespoon boiling water.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and caster sugar until fluffy.
  3. Beat in coffee and eggs, a little at a time. Fold in flour and then pour into tins.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until sponge springs back when lightly touched. Cool in tins for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Whip cream with icing sugar and1 tablespoon of syrup from ginger. Use half to sandwich cakes together. Spread remaining cream on top and decorate with ginger, blueberries and/or edible flowers. Chill until ready to serve.

 

A Dairy Diary recipe.

 

#motheringsunday

#mothersday

#bakewithkindness

#cake

#tripletested

 

Forget Blue Monday – make today a peach one!

Today is supposed to be the gloomiest day of the year.

But let’s not dwell on that.

Yes, we’re all trying to ‘be good’ after Christmas, but just for today why not bake a yummy treat and take it to work or to a neighbour or a friend?

Share a slice of this scrummy Peachy Lemon Cake and have a chat with someone who you think may need a little cheering up.

Some kind words (and cake), can make all the difference….

This recipe is taken from the 2018 Dairy Diary, which is still available to purchase here.

 

Peachy Lemon Cake

 

Peachy Lemon Cake

  • Servings: 10
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 285 per portion
Fat 17g (10g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians
Suitable for freezing

Ingredients

  • Butter 175g (6oz), softened
  • Golden caster sugar 150g (5oz) plus extra for sprinkling
  • Lemons 2, finely grated zest only
  • Eggs 3 large
  • Plain flour 150g (5oz)
  • Baking powder 1 tsp
  • Plain yogurt 4 tbsp
  • Peaches 3, stoned and each cut into 8 wedges
  • Plain yogurt or crème fraîche to serve (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°fan/Gas 4. Line a 23cm (9in) cake tin with baking paper.
  2. Cream together butter, sugar and lemon zest until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in eggs then sift in flour and baking powder. Gently stir in yogurt.
  3. Spoon mixture into prepared tin and scatter peach wedges randomly on top, pressing them in a little. Bake for 1 hour until risen and golden. 4 Cool in tin for 10 minutes then cool on a rack. Refrigerate. 5 Sprinkle with sugar and serve with yogurt or crème fraîche.

 

A Dairy Diary recipe.

 

#tripletested

#dairydiaryrecipe

#notbluemonday

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