I have been thinking lately about how the art of baking is being lost. No one seems to give baked goods as gifts, there isn't an endless supply of home made cakes or biscuits on hand in the kitchen. Maybe it disappeared a long time ago, maybe it was never that prevalent in Australia. I read all the blogs from US bakers posting their favourite cookies and how to pack goods to send to loved ones. Why don't we do that here? Why don't I start?
This was my thinking before Saturday, I was starting to plan all the great recipes I could bake over the next few weeks to give away as gifts. Then I remembered. Its summer. That means its hot, really hot. On Saturday it was 43C, that's almost 110F for those of you in the North. Who is gonna turn the oven on in that heat?!!! So I might not do as much baking as I would like before Christmas, but I'm going to do as much as the weather lets me.
For those of you that are in cooler climates, try out this Double Chocolate Banana Bread I made a couple of weeks ago, you really can't go wrong with this one.
Double Chocolate Banana Bread
Recipe from dlynz.com
2 cups flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon bicarb
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil (I used canola)
1 cup plain yoghurt (I used banana flavour)
2 medium bananas, cut into a medium dice
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate bowl beat together egg, oil and yoghurt.
2. Combine egg mixture, banana and chocolate chips and dry ingredients.
3. Spread batter in greased loaf pan. Bake at 180C for 60-70 minutes.