Banana cake -Banaanikakku

banana bread

Super tasty banana cake/bread. As my daughter’s dairy allergy has not eased yet our family stays dairy free which I in fact don’t mind. This banana cake is quick and easy. It is also egg and dairy free too. Suitable for both toddlers and adults. My hubby ate it for breakfast and dinner!

Banana cake/bread

1 1/2 dl (3/4 cup) caster sugar

4 dl (2 cup) white flour

2 1/2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp vanilla sugar

1 1/2dl (3/4 cup) oat milk (regular milk)

100ml vegetable oil

2 mashed bananas

1tbs cinnamon

1. Mix the dry ingredients together.

2. Mash the bananas.

3. Add the oil and oat milk into the dry mix. Add mashed bananas. Add cinnamon.

4. Pour mix to the baking tin.

5. Bake in the oven in 200 celsius degrees for 35-40 minutes until baked through and looking golden brown.

Koska pikkutyttäremme maitoallergia ei ole helpottanut on perheemme maidoton ja pysyy sellaisena. Tässä super herkullinen ja helppo banaanikakku. Sopii niin aikuiselle kuin lapselle..mieheni popsi sitä niin iltapalaksi kuin aamiaiseksi!

Banaanikakku:

1 1/2 dl sokeria

4 dl vehnäjauho

2 1/2 tl leivinjauhe

2 tl vanilja sokeri

1 1/2dl kauramaito (tavallinen maito)

1dl rypsiöljy

2 muussattua kypsää banaania

1rkl kanelia

1. Sekoita kuivat aineet.

2. Muussaa banaanit.

3. Lisää rypsiöljy ja kauramaito kuiviin aineisiin. Sekoita joukkoon muussattu banaani.

4. Kaada kakkuseos voideltuun vuokaan ja paista 200 asteessa 35-40 minuuttia kunnes kakku on kypsä ja kullanruskea väriltään.

Gluten, dairy and egg free banana blueberry cake -Gluetiiniton, maidoton, munaton banaanimustikkakakku

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Again this silence..I think I have no more excuses now, just being terribly busy. I am back to work now and after the working day there seems to be so little time left for anything! I am loving it though. After a year at home with the baby work seems like 5 days a week holiday! I know it probably sounds horrible but for me this is a perfect balance. I cannot handle being staying-at-home-mum, it really drives me crazy. I need my own life and  I need to have challenges in my life -my brain needs stimulation and what I do for work certainly does it. It is also so glorious to have my morning coffee peacefully before starting to work.

We found a perfect nanny for our little daughter and we could not notice any change in her behaviour when I started working -pretty amazing. She sleeps as well (as badly as usually :)) and she is not any clingier or more tearful when I finish the work. In fact she is the happiest baby you can ever imagine as the nanny does all sort of wonderful activities with her all day long. So all in all, this is the most amazing arrangement we could have ever hoped for. My husband has a happy wife and  we have a happy baby.

I was quite depressed the last couple of months staying at home only. Even though I have lots of friends with babies it was still not enough for me, I needed some balance and I wanted to see myself not as a 24/7 mother but also a capable career woman with a drive to work. I know it means less baking and cooking and therefore probably less frequent blog posting but it is better. My usually so positive and cheerful personality changed drastically by the end of the last year and I felt like I was not myself anymore. I was just sad and miserable all the time and every day seemed to just repeat itself. Same fights with the baby over eating (without any success!) and acting as a constant entertainment machine day after day, month after month. I know there are women out there who are at their happiest when they can stay at home full time and I certainly admire them but I am not one of those I get not only a cabin fever but huge anxiety. Now I feel so happy every day when I started working. I meet adults, I can communicate with people who do not throw themselves to the floor when they get annoyed and I can challenge myself in a working life. Wonderful..and my new job is great too!

As my baby still does  not eat I tried the” NHS approach”, the approach the dietician here in England suggested, that was ”feed your baby with pizza, cakes, crisps, ice cream, add sugar to everything..to get calories in”. Well, of course I cannot give dairy, eggs or gluten to her so I baked this banana blueberry cake.  It was super good..although she spitted it out straight away and threw rest of it to the floor -no success with the NHS approach either. So I won’t try this unhealthy suggestion any more.

Anyway, don’t believe my baby, her taste buds do not exist, this cake is really good. Our American friend who is visiting us here absolutely loved it. It was his birthday yesterday so it was kind of his birthday cake. I hope you enjoy the recipe too. It is simple and quick and of course you can use regular flour if you do not need a gluten free version.

4 1/2dl (2 1/4 cup) white flour (white gluten free flour)

2 dl (1 cup) sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 tsp vanilla sugar

3 dl (1 1/2 cup) blueberries (frozen are fine)

2 bananas

2 1/2dl (1 1/4 cup) rice milk or regular milk if you can eat dairy

1  1/4 dl (1/2 cup) dairy free melted margarine or regular margarine

1. Combine the dry ingredients.

2. Mash the bananas. Mix the mash with rice milk and melted margarine.

3. Combine the blueberries with dry ingredients and then banana mix.

4. Pour to the cake tin and bake 50-55 min in 175 Celsius degrees.

ENJOY!
Tip: Add some Betty Crocker icing on top and it is even more delicious!

 

 

 

 

Berryfull breakfast mousse -Marjainen aamiaismousse

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One of my favourite bloggers Deliciously Ella posted a while ago the recipe of a berry breakfast puree. I made a lot more simple version of it and I totally fell in love with it. It is super healthy but incredibly tasty. My baby was munching it with the smile on her face too.

One portion:

1/2 banana

1/2 avocado

Blueberries and/or raspberries depending on your taste. I used couple of tablespoons of blueberry puree as  it is hard to find fresh blueberries this time of the year.

Put the ingredients to the blender and mix well and you will have the silkiest mousse for breakfast. I eat it with fresh raspberries and raw oat porridge (oats soaked in rice milk and sweetened by Acasia honey).

Try and enjoy!

Banana oatmeal -Banaanikaurakakkunen

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Banana oatmeal -Banaanikaurakakkunen

This morning my baby girl was a rooster, she woke up at 5.30am. Wow. Early start. I have been awake for so long now that when it approaches 10am I feel like it is a lunch time. I guess my dear Aussie husband likes when I wake up so early as it means he has breakfast waiting for him and we can enjoy our early morning moments together. Today I thought I would try my morning oatmeal but instead of raspberries I used bananas and yummy, it was tasty! I felt I needed something super sweet and energy rich to go on as the morning wake up was so early. Try this, it is a perfect sweet breakfast!

Two portions:

2 dl (1 cup) jumbo oats

1/2 dl (1/4 cup) rice milk or regular milk

1 tbsp date pieces

1 tbsp raisins

1 tbsp dried cranberries

2 tbsp honey

1 banana

1. Mix rice milk, oats, raisins, dates and dried cranberries. Let it soak for 5-10 minutes.

2. Add in the honey.

3. Mash half of the banana, mix it in. Slice the other half of the banana, mix half of the slices into the oats and pour the mix into small tart tins. Put rest of the banana slices on the top of oat meals for decoration.

4. Bake in 190 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Tänä aamuna tyttäreni heräsi kukonlaulunaikaan klo 5.30. Wow. Aikainen aloitus aamulle. Olen siis ollut jo hereillä niin pitkään, että kellon lähetessä kymmentä tuntuu kuin olisi jo lounasaika. Rakas aussimieheni ei pistä pahakseen aikaisia aamyherätyksiäni, sillä se tarkoittaa yleensä sitä, että tuore leivottu aamiainen kahveineen odottaa häntä ennen töihin lähtöä.  Voimme aikaisina aamun tunteina nauttia yhdessä pitkän aamiaisen ja rentoutua. Olen ehkä hitusen epätavallinen suomalaisnainen siitä syystä, että rakastan hemmotella miestäni. Mikään ei ole mielestäni niin ihanaa kuin leipoa hänelle aamiaista, laittaa ruokaa, yllättää leivonnaisilla tai vaikka vain tehdä voileivät valmiiksi lautaselle. Joku voisi kommentoida minun olevan desperate housewife kandidaatti, mutta koska teen sen täysin vapaaehtoisesti rakkaudesta en näe toiminnassani mitään paheksuttavaa eikä sisäinen feministini koe arvojansa loukatuksi. Hemmottelu on rakkauden ele ja pieni lisämauste jokapäiväiseen arkeen. Tänä aamuna valmistin vadelma kaurakakkusten sijaan vastaavia banaanisia. Tarvitsin jotain super energistä ja makeaa, jotta pysyn liikkeessä aikaisen aamuherätyksen jälkeen. Banaanikakkuset olivat onnistuneita, jam. Kokeilehan, ne olivat täydellisen makoisia aamiaiskakkusia.

Kaksi annosta:

2 dl jumbo kaurahiutaleita

1/2 dl riisimaitoa tai maitoa

1 rkl taatelinpaloja

1 rkl rusinoita

1 rkl kuivattuja karpaloita

2 rkl hunajaa

1 banaani

1. Sekoita kaurahiutaleet, rusinat, karpalot, taatelit ja riisimaito. Anna imeytyä 5-10 minuuttia.

2. Lisää hunaja.

3. Muussaa puoli banaania ja sekoita kaurasekoituksen sekaan. Viipaloi toinen puolikas banaanista ja sekoita puolet viipaleista kauraseokseen. Kaada seos pieniin torttuvuokiin ja koristele banaaninpaloilla.

4. Paista 190 asteessa 20-25 minuuttia.

Caribbean feast- Karibialainen ruokafesti

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Last weekend I had an amazing Caribbean influenced meal for lunch. I got so excited about those flavours that yesterday I decided to make my own version of this delicious meal. I was amazed how good our local supermarket was when I went to hunt some Caribbean ingredients, they had everything I needed for the jerk sauce and even a ready Jamaican jerk spice too. The supermarket had fresh pawpaws and mangoes and even plantains (cooking bananas!!!). Unbelievable!  Have to give points to English supermarkets after that! By the way, don’t get too worried if you cannot find cooking bananas, use regular ones.

My mum always keeps on telling me how different my taste buds are from hers as I love sweet meals and particularly I love mixing sweet and savoury flavours together. I know this is the case. If my dear Aussie husband goes and orders an English breakfast I choose always sweet continental breakfast for myself. I rather pass the savoury English breakfast and drink only coffee instead if I cannot get my muesli or croissant with some jam.

Caribbean cuisine is something I highly admire and adore. The flavours are fresh, sweet and unusual for Western palate. I have been quite hesitant to try to cook any Caribbean at home as I am not very  familiar with cooking it, only eating it. After last night’s feast I realised that in fact it is not hard at all. Some research online needs to be carried out but after that you can combine your own Caribbean meal. Here is mine: Jerk chicken, fried plantains, mango pawpaw salsa and chunky chips. I hope you enjoy it. My dear Aussie husband certainly did as I got requested to cook another one tonight!

Serving for two:

2 chicken thighs

Jerk Sauce:

3 spring onions roughly chopped

1cm size of fresh ginger

1 garlic clove

1/2 onion

1 red chilli deseeded

1/2 lime (juice)

2-3 tbs vegetable oil

1-2 tbs BBQ sauce

1 tbs dark sugar

1 tbs fresh thyme chopped

1/2 tsp all spice mix

1. Put all the chopped sauce ingredients into the food processor or blender and mix well.

2. Rub the sauce on chicken thighs and let marinade for 1-2 hours.

3. Cook in the oven in 180 celsius degrees in a baking dish on the top of the foil for 30min or less if cooked through. The last 5min raise the baking dish higher so that the skin gets crispier.

Mango Pawpaw Salsa:

1/2 pawpaw cut into tiny cubes

1 small mango cut into small cubes

1 red onion chopped

2-3 tbs balsamico

1 tbs sugar

1. Chop the ingredients and mix well together. Let sit in the fridge for 1 hour or so. The salsa gets sweeter!

Chunky chips:

3-4 big potatoes sliced to chip shape with skin on

4 tbs vegetable oil

1 tbs paprika

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp white pepper

1 tsp black pepper

2 tsp onion granules

1. Mix together in a bowl and bake on a baking tray in 180 celsius degrees in grill section for 15-20min. The last 5min raise the temperature to the highest available degree (for me 240 celsius degrees) and cook for an extra 3-5 min to get really crunchy chips.

Plantains:

1 plantain

1. Slice the plantain and fry in oil on frying pan.

See the difference between ripe and unripe plantain. The darker the plantain and the more you see black spots the better and sweeter it will be!

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Serve the Caribbean feast by setting chicken thighs, chips, salsa and plantains on the plate.

ENJOY!

Banana Pecan Nut Muffins

We moved to London four months ago. It is a long time, but I have been too busy with all kinds of things and I have neglected my cooking blog which I feel so sorry about. Now the life has settled down a bit and I finally have time to start adding the recipes I have tested here. Nice.

I posted vanilla rasberry muffin recipe a long time ago. Here in England people seem to love all kinds of muffins, sweet and savoury. They also love so called ”breakfast loaf”  for breakfast. It is a small loaf shaped muffin and tastes heavenly. My favourite one over here is Costa Coffee’s Banana Pecan Breakfast Loaf. It is almost like a muffin, but not that buttery and sweet. I wanted to cook that kind of breakfast loaf, but I couldn’t find a recipe that looked good or worked. I tried one recipe, but I wasn’t happy with it at all. As I find the basic ingredients for my rasberry muffins so good I varied that recipe and created my own banana breakfast muffins. Below you can find the ingredients. They were super tasty!

6 large muffins

110 g butter

130 g white sugar (it is 1 1/2 dl= 2/3 cup)

3 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

210 g flour (it is 3 1/2 dl= 1 /2 cup)

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 jar (150-200g) Danone vanilla yoghurt

3 extremely ripe bananas

100g pecan nuts (crushed)

Preheat the oven 180 C degrees. Butter the muffin molds. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in the large bowl. In the other bowl, whisk butter and sugar until white and cream. Add the eggs one in time. Whisk well all the time. Add dry ingredients  into creamy butter-sugar-egg mixture. Mix well, do not whisk. Finish by adding vanilla extract and Danone yoghurt.  Mash the bananas with the fork and add this mash to the dough as well as the pecan nuts. Decorate the muffins with few pecan nuts. Bake them as long as they become beautiful and browny.

Banoffee Pie -Magical Touch of Kangarooland

This is the pie that my dear aussie man missed about Australia and asked me to make on one springlike day. In Finnish we have a saying ”Kukaan ei ole seppä syntyessään” that is ”No one is a blacksmith from birth”. The saying tries to decribe that no one is a master in anything before practicing. I realized that when I tried to make this easy pie, which turned out to be not easy at all.

Here are my list of dos and don’ts!

FIRST TIP: First step I did wrong was that I opened the cans of condensed milk, poured the liquid into a sauce pan. I heated it up and I cooked it for hours and I wondered why on earth it doesn’t turn into caramel sauce.

I should have read the instructions better: ”Remove label from can. Place UNOPEN can in the bottom of a large sauce pan. Cover with water, so that water is 2-3cm above the can. Bring the water a boil and boil steadily for 2 hours. Make sure that the can is all that time covered by water!” AN UNOPEN CAN! So DO NOT open the cans, BOIL THE CANS! If you don’t, you’re gonna be like a witch in front of a big saucepan trying to boil some magical soup without succes!

SECOND TIP: The second step I did wrong was that I decided not to use biscuits but I baked a large home-made oatbiscuit bottom by myself. I really don’t know how I exactly got this master idea to bake a massive oatcookie and set it in the pie plate as a cake base. Well, usually the layers of whipped cream and caramel sauce make the cake base soggy when it rests in the fringe for a while, but sooner than I knew I found out it didn’t happen if the cake base is a large homemade oatcookie!

This reality jumped towards my face and I became even more desperate when me and my aussieman came home from the bar in the middle of the night and I felt like a slice of banoffee pie. There I was hammering the bottom of the pie in the middle of the night trying to cut even a small slice of my homemade pie for a nightsnack..probably waking up the whole floor. And if you ask, no I wasn’t banging paintings onto walls at nighttime, I just wanted to have a snack!

So DO NOT try to bake the cookiebase. Stick to the basic and simple method which includes melted butter and crushed oatbiscuits (bought from the supermarket!).

Well my first banoffee pie wasn’t a succes as you may imagine. The second one was better. I managed to make the caramel sauce properly and when I gave up baking a massive home-made oatbiscuit for a cake base, it showed already the signs of magical Australian touch! My third banoffee pie was absolutely delicious.

From now on it’s one of my  favourite desserts and a speciality we serve for non-Australian friends and guests where ever they are from!

8 servings

For the base:

125 g Digestive biscuits (Graham crackers, oat biscuits)

150-200g melted butter

For the filling:

2 dl of cream (light cream is good as well)

4-6 bananas

1 can of condensed milk

50g chocolate

In a sauce pan, boil an unopened can of sweetened condensed milk for 2 hours. Make sure that it doesn’t run off the water.

Melt the butter and mix it with the cruched crackers. Press mixture into a pie plate. Whip the cream. Cut the bananas into small slices.

Build the Banoffee Pie on the top of the base. At first a layer of bananas, then some caramel sauce, then some whipped cream on the top of that. Build as many layers as you want. The more layers, the more delicious. Refrigerate before serving. Let it rest in the fringe for 4 hours to guarantee the result!

Enjoy. And I’d bet you’re gonna cook it again..and again…and again!