This is my first summer in the UK for 4 years, and it has been a bit of a shock to the system. I was expecting blue skies, warm temperatures, long summer evenings. Instead, there has been a lot of grey, and in May I still needed to wear my winter boots on several occasions. But there have been a few mornings recently when I’ve woken up to see bright sunlight streaming through my window, and it has really put a spring in my step. Of course, I have quickly learned that that is no guarantee of lasting sunshine (quite often before I get in to work it’s already turned torrential), but the mere presence of sun is enough to keep me happy. That’s the thing about the British; I don’t think we necessarily expect a summer, so we’re incredibly grateful when we do get even a hint of one.
What better way to celebrate the sunshine than with a slab of cake? Tuck in!
Banana Choc Walnut Loaf
From Ms Cupcake
250g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
150g light brown sugar
250ml non-dairy milk
100ml rapeseed oil
3 over ripe bananas, mashed
2 tsp vanilla extract
50g dark chocolate chips
80g walnut pieces
1. Preheat the oven to 180C and grease a loaf tin.
2. In a large bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, bicarb and sugar.
3. Add the milk, oil, bananas and vanilla and stir until just combined.
4. Fold in the chocolate and walnuts.
5. Carefully pour the batter into the prepared tin.
6. Bake for about 35 minutes.
7. Cool in the tin for around 15 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.