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Bread and Butter Pudding

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This delicious pudding is a great way of using up stale bread.

It’s cheap too, and a whole lot tastier than toast!

Bread and Butter Pudding

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Bananas!

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Current Weight: 11st 9lb (-4lbs)

I really need to get back to college and occupy my mind. It’s a bit sad that I should be sitting here debating, in my head, on whether to write about snow or bananas, especially when I should probably be in the kitchen with a paint brush anyway. Thanks to Roxy, the lower half of the cream kitchen walls are decorated with muddy brown swishes and swirls. The thought of utilising her talents by dipping her tail into a tin of emulsion is extremely appealing.

Nevertheless, seeing as I’m enjoying a cup of hot coffee at the moment, (while looking out at the snow cascading down from the heavens), it’s giving me the perfect opportunity to post this recipe for the delicious breadmaker banana and cinnamon tea bread that I made yesterday. Unfortunately for me I only get to sample miniscule amounts of it as I’m supposed to keep to a strict 20 Weight Watcher points per day, but it doesn’t look like Jay and the girls need any help in demolishing it as there is now only a quarter of the loaf left.

Kenwood Recipe for Banana and Cinnamon Tea Bread
Ingredients
Butter 115g (4oz)
Golden Syrup 200g (7oz)
Light Muscovado Sugar 50g (2oz)
Plain White Flour 280g (10oz)
Baking Powder 10ml (2tsp)
Bicarbonate of soda 5ml(1tsp)
Ground Cinnamon 2.5ml (1/2 tsp)
Peeled Ripe Bananas 200g (7oz)
Eggs 2
Créme Fraiche 85g (3oz) (Whipped cream will do – I used some leftover Brandy cream)
Milk 60ml (2 fl oz)

Method

  1. Place the butter, syrup and sugar in a small saucepan and heat gently until melted, stirring occasionaly. Leave to cool slightly then pour into the bread pan
  2. Mash the bananas and add to the bread pan with the eggs, créme fraiche and milk
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and cinnamon together. Then add to the pan

You can also add dates and walnuts to the bread (about 1.5oz of each). The above would be cooked using the Speciality setting (10) on the Kenwood Breadmaker. The extras are stirred in after 6 minutes at which point you should scrape down the sides of the pan with a plastic spatula to ensure that dry flour is stirred into the mixture.

The snowfall has now abated. (Yes, it took me that long to type that. I’m a fairly fast typist, but I had to type in between phases of throwing ball for the dog.)

A quick glance at Facebook tells me that people aren’t too happy about Batt O’Keeffe’s decision to close the schools until next Thursday. I don’t often comment on current affairs or ‘worldly happenings’ but I think the decision was a sensible one. The roads are chaotic in the mornings with parents dropping their children to school. Add into the mixture the icy conditions and the lack of grit to treat the roads with, and the situation is extremely dangerous.

Apart from the various health and safety aspects there seem to have been a lot of children staying out of school anyway. The girls told me that there were only a handful of other students in their classes on Thursday. Ally refused point blank to go into school on Friday as she’d done nothing on the Thursday and had sat there, freezing, all day. Deeming her sensible enough to make up her own mind and do her own bit of study I left her at home. I actually felt guilty driving on the treacherous roads to bring Bee to school, not helped by the fact that a lorry driver who either didn’t know the road very well or else was on some sort of mission of self destruction, careered by at a ridiculous speed over the icy stretch.

So, thank you Batt! I’m looking forward to spending the icy mornings in bed next week while the dog paints the kitchen!