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Banana Cake, using up ripe bananas

Occasionally we get left with ripe bananas.  Rather than getting rid of them in the compost I make banana cake, and I made one yesterday for our guests. Here is the recipe:-

Ingredients:

125g butter

150g caster sugar (I used light brown caster sugar)

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 egg beaten

2 very ripe bananas, mashed

190 self raising flour (I used wholemeal)

60 ml milk

Method:

  1.  Grease and line a 2lb loaf tin. Melt butter, sugar and vanilla in a saucepan over a medium heat.DSC02826DSC02827
  2.  Remove from heat and add the mashed bananas, mix well.DSC02829DSC02830
  3.  Add the egg, mix well.DSC02831
  4.  Stir in the flour and the milk.DSC02832
  5.  Pour into the prepared tin, sprinkle with a tablespoon of demerara sugar to give a crunch topping if liked.DSC02833DSC02834
  6.  Bake at 170 C / Fan 150 C / Gas 3 for 35 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool and enjoy!DSC02841DSC02842Come to Lodge House B&B to taste a slice, all guests welcome. http://www.lodgehousebandbsomerset.co.uk

 

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Macmillan coffee morning 2013

This morning we held a Macmillan Coffee Morning in our local church.  We had a cake stall, a raffle and served tea and coffee and biscuits.  We had a banner and a sign outside the church to advertise it.

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Two of our friends ran the raffle.  We had Macmillan raffle tickets and our own raffle today, so we did a BOGOF.  For every Macmillan raffle ticket purchased you got a strip for today’s raffle free.  The raffle raised £82.

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Two other friends ran the cake stall.  We had Rocky Road, Flapjacks, Victoria Sponge Sandwich, Tea Loaf, Fairy Cakes, Rock Buns, Fairings biscuits, as well as jams and marmalade, eggs and apples to sell.  This stall made £58.25.

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Neil and I made the tea and coffee in the vestry end of the church.  We didn’t charge but asked for donations.  People are often very generous this way and we took £83.70 in donations.

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As you can see Neil and I are wearing our rather unglamorous Macmillan Tee shirts.  Macmillan supply quite a lot of material for support and we had bunting, balloons, posters and table cloths all in Macmillan green.

We had a reasonably good turnout, although perhaps not as many people as last year.

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The total amount we took was £223.95, so all in all a good effort.

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Choir, carols, colds and cakes

I recently joined the newly formed Buckland St Mary community choir. We are a motely bunch. There were no auditions – it’s just turn up and sing your heart out. To start with we didn’t have a conductor and would just sing along to a CD. We tried to get Gareth Malone to come along and put us through our paces.  Unfortunately he wasn’t available, but now we have the lovely Penny to lick us into shape.  She is getting us to sing in rounds and in harmony so we are starting to sound good. On Friday we had our last practice before our first public performance at the Buckland St Mary church carol service on Thursday evening, but unfortunately we were down in number as quite a few people had colds.

Today was the other local carol service, in the Bishopswood hall organised by Bishopswood chapel. I had pledged to make cakes for the tea afterwards, so even though I woke up this morning with a horrid sore throat and the start of a cold, I made the cakes and took them along beforehand. Here are my cakes – choc chip ones with chocolate buttons on top:

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We didn’t stay long.  Neil has been full of cold all week so he couldn’t sing, and I want to be well enough to sing on Thursday.  I love singing carols so was sorry to miss out today.

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