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Banana coconut bundt cake

30 Jun

 

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Bananas. I feel they should come with a warning – in three days this green, unripe piece of fruit will be a bruised, brown banana that no-one will want to eat.

At least, that’s how it is in my house.

Miss6, the fussy one, will actually eat bananas without complaint. So I buy them. Then her BFF at school will have apples at fruit break & she too insists on apples. Le sigh.

Hence today’s bake is a banana coconut bundt – thankfully I love baking with bananas. Both Miss6 & 8 had a hand in making this cake which gives you some impression of the degree of difficulty [ie – none. Super easy].

I found the recipe for this lovely, moist cake in my well-thumbed copy of AWW’S Quick Mix Cakes bake. The original used wholemeal flour but I used plain self-raising. I also reduced the sugar – this recipe uses the reduced amount.

 GATHER:

125g butter at room temperature, diced

2 teaspoons grated lemon rind

½ cup brown sugar

3 eggs

two large, over-ripe bananas, mashed with a fork

1 1/2 cups self-raising flour

1/3 cup shredded coconut

1 teaspoon bicarb soda

1 cup icing sugar

hot water

shredded coconut, extra, to serve

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LET’S GET TO IT:

Preheat oven to 180C and spray a bundt tin with non-stick cooking spray.

Place all ingredients except banana into bowl of electric mixer and beat on low until combined. Increase speed to medium until mix changes colour. Scrape down sides, add banana and mix briefly on low until incorporated.

Scrape into tin, place in oven and bake for 35 minutes / until a skewer comes out clean.

Allow to cool for 10 minutes before turning onto wire rack to cool completely.

When cold make a simple icing by sifting icing sugar into a bowl an adding just enough hot water until you have a thick paste. Drizzle over the top of cake and sprinkle with the extra coconut. Serve.

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Lime coconut cheesecake squares

2 May

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I have a bit of a fixation with cream cheese of late. I just cannot get enough of baking recipes that use this creamy, unctuous ingredient. I also love pairing cream cheese with savoury ingredients – I am looking at you, smoked salmon – but when there is a block of cream cheese within arm`s reach I WILL turn it into a sweet treat. Continue reading

Chocolate chip coconut pancake recipe

28 Feb

 

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Making pancakes from scratch for pancake day is so easy and I have the best recipe to share with you. This year I thought I would make a change from traditional plain pancakes – although this recipe can also be used to make these – by adding a couple of my favourite ingredients. Continue reading

No bake eggnog balls – an easy last minute Christmas dessert

21 Dec

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Last Christmas, I discovered eggnog. You so thought I was going to write… `I gave you my heart`, didn`t you? Or am I the only Wham! Fan in the house? #surelyNot

I digress… as summer in Sydney is usually 35C we are more likely to drink juice or champagne (or both…) rather than a heavy, custard-type beverage.

But I love baking with eggnog. The slight rummy taste and notes of nutmeg make it such a festive concoction that every year, come December 1, I am stalking my local supermarkets for the first appearance on the shelf. Continue reading

One bowl vegan chocolate cinnamon cake

27 Oct

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Cinnamon is one of my all time favourite flavourings for baking. It provides a classic yet distinctive taste to cakes, bickies, brownies and crumbles. Continue reading

Donna Hay cheat’s lamingtons

15 Sep

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Lamingtons have always called to me with their siren song of sponge cake, chocolate and coconut. Despite being an obsessive baker, I find making lamingtons to be fiddly and messy – and my poor bench is always worse for wear.

Behold – the cheat’s lamington from scratch! My goddess idol Donna Hay created this recipe and I was just about dancing in the streets when I stumbled across this easy, mess-free way to make my fav cake. Continue reading

Vegan chocolate and coconut cupcakes

12 Sep

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I haven’t eaten meat for decades but have always loved my dairy products. I remember when I first become vegetarian, going out to eat in suburban Sydney meant pasta for dinner. And I’m not talking delicious hand-made gnocchi with wild mushrooms, or eggplant lasagne, but usually dry packet pasta with generic tomato sauce. Yawn. Continue reading