Weekend Cooking: Cakes Please!

Yesterday was CatsPlease on my blog and today it’s CakesPlease! I used to bake cakes every week, but haven’t done so for years.

Earlier this year I got the baking bug after watching The Great British Bake Off, and I was so taken with Mary Berry that I bought one of her books – Mary Berry’s Baking Bible. For the first time I bought a cookery book to read on my new Kindle Fire, partly because I have lots of cookery books and there’s no room for any more and also because the Kindle Fire has colour and the cover has a built-in stand so I can stand it up on the kitchen table to refer to it easily whilst cooking.

This contains a huge range of cakes, biscuits, traybakes, breads, buns, scones, hot puddings and pies, souffles and meringues and cheesecakes! Over 250 classic recipes.

Mary Berry writes:

Cakes are made to be shared so, once you have mastered a recipe, invite your friends and family to enjoy the fruits of your labour with a good pot of tea – happy baking!

So, I’m sharing the recipe for the Banana Loaf, which I made earlier this week and as I can’t physically share it here are my photos. First the ingredients:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/ Fan 160°C/Gas 4. Lightly grease a 900g loaf tine then line sides and base with baking parchment.
  2. Put all ingredients into a mixing bowl and beat for 2 minutes until well blended. Spoon mixture into the loaf tine and level the surface.
  3. Bake for about 1 hour, until well risen and golden brown. Leave in the tin to cool for a few minutes then turn out, peel off the parchment and finish cooling on a wire rack.

This is what mine looked like:

It tasted delicious:

For more Weekend Cooking posts see Beth Fish Reads.

11 thoughts on “Weekend Cooking: Cakes Please!”

  1. I can sure understand the saving room by using your tablet. I’m just not sure an online cookbook would work for me. I’m usually cooking from several recipes and looking at different cookbooks all at the same time when I’m in the kitchen.

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  2. Your banana bread looks delicious! I need to try and use my iPad more in the kitchen. Diane is right, it would be very convenient for pulling up Pinterest recipes. After I get comfortable with that, I may even try a whole cookbook…

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  3. It does look lovely, I use that recipe a lot and so do both of my sons, we sometimes add cinnamon or ginger to make it a bit different. I’ve always liked Mary Berry and remember her being on TV in the 1970s and it always fascinated me the way she pronounced her name – Mary and Berry rhyme!

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