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Let’s Go Bananas With Jasmine

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OK, I’ve created a LOT of banana bread recipes in my time and they never fail to amass countless fans — in fact it was one of my first recipes for H+H way back when. The funny thing is that bananas are one of those foods that some people really get squeamish about. “But the texture!” they cry, and they’re also put off by the colour and even the fruit’s propensity to bruise. If you’ve ever had to deal with a squashed banana at the bottom of your bag you’ll see where they’re coming from. Bake bananas with other yummy ingredients, though, and suddenly they’re everybody’s favourite — weird, that If you often find yourself with a fruit bowl full of bananas ripening at the speed of light, where does your mind go? To that banana bread, of course. You can’t beat a classic… but if you’re anything like me you love having a go, getting creative with a sprinkling of spices and more wholesome ingredients. Here are my 3 ways with banana bread — I can’t decide which is my favourite, they’re all so …

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Carrot Cake with Honey Yoghurt ‘Cream Cheese’

How To: 1. Preheat the oven to fan 180°C/Gas mark 6 and line the base of two 23cm-diameter cake tins (for a whole cake) or a 20cm x 40cm baking tin (for a traybake) and grease the sides with butter.
2. In a large bowl, combine the ground almonds with the salt, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and nutmeg.
3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with the maple syrup and melted butter, then stir in the carrots, raisins and walnuts before mixing with the dry ingredients in the large bowl.
4. Pour the batter into the prepared cake tins or tin, spreading it out evenly, and bake in the oven for 35 minutes until springy to the touch and golden brown on top. Remove from the oven and place the tins on a wire rack to cool.
5. While the cakes are cooling, make the frosting. Add the strained yoghurt or cream cheese/quark/goat’s curd mixture to a bowl and mix in the honey and vanilla extract. Taste, adding a tiny pinch of salt if needed, then leave in the fridge until the cakes have cooled down completely. …

Carrot Cake with Honey Yoghurt ‘Cream Cheese’

How To:1. Preheat the oven to fan 180°C/Gas mark 6 and line the base of two 23cm-diameter cake tins (for a whole cake) or a 20cm x 40cm baking tin (for a traybake) and grease the sides with butter.2. In a large bowl, combine the ground almonds with the salt, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and nutmeg.3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with the maple syrup and melted butter, then stir in the carrots, raisins and walnuts before mixing with the dry ingredients in the large bowl.4. Pour the batter into the prepared cake tins or tin, spreading it out evenly, and bake in the oven for 35 minutes until springy to the touch and golden brown on top. Remove from the oven and place the tins on a wire rack to cool.5. While the cakes are cooling, make the frosting. Add the strained yoghurt or cream cheese/quark/goat’s curd mixture to a bowl and mix in the honey and vanilla extract. Taste, adding a tiny pinch of salt if needed, then leave in the fridge until the cakes have cooled down completely. Re…