E tasted the bread and thought it a little fruity for his liking. But he agreed that the donuts were not great. While sitting idly at the kitchen table he read me the small print, which said, “This product is frozen from fresh and thawed from your convenience”. Whaaaaaat!!!!!!!
I go to the bakery section of the supermarket for freshly baked goods. I don't just buy food for convenience, I buy it for taste. Thawing frozen donuts and placing them in the baked goods section is a cynical exercise in money making. If they were going to be honest they would sell them in the freezer section so I could defrost them at my true convenience. But having seen this sneaky sale, I wonder what else I am missing with the small print.
Fortunately there are no such nasty tricks in Astra's recipes. She shares lots of delicious baking on her blog. It looks so good but is also healthy. Sylvia and I (and my mum) loved this loaf. With her current (no pun intended) obsession with sultanas, Sylvia particularly loved picking out the cranberries. I am not sure that the white chocolate was really needed . It was there to give a bit of sweetness for E but not enough for his liking. The maple syrup gives a lovely flavour but there isn't much sugar in there. Just what we needed after all that butterscotch.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
This time last year: PPN Cavolo Nero and Chickpea Pasta
This time two years ago: Rathdowne Street Food Store - hearty and interesting
This time three years ago: Hummus - morning and night
Banana Apple Loaf
Adapted from Food for Laughter
- 1 cup white flour
- ½ cup wholemeal flour
- ½ cup oats
- ⅓ cup dried cranberries
- ⅓ cup white chocolate chips
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed
- ¼ cup canola oil
- ⅓ cup applesauce
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- 1 egg
- Combine the flours, oats, cranberries, white chocolate, chips, baking powder, and cinnamon. Set aside.
- Place mashed bananas, canola oil, applesauce, maple syrup, and egg. Lightly whisk together with a fork. Pour into dry ingredients and mix until combined.
- Pour the batter into the loaf tin, and bake for 50 minutes to an hour - until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Allow the loaf to cool for 10-15 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool (or cool in the pan as Astra suggests)!
On the stereo:
The best of 1980-1990 - U2