We all have recipes that we turn to time and time again. The ones that never let us down, the guaranteed crowd pleasers, the ones that just make us feel good. These banana muffins are one such recipe. I hate to think how many I have made over the years. They freeze beautifully so there is no excuse to not have some freshly made muffins on hand when those unexpected visitors pop in. I normally let my bananas ripen until the skin is black and really soft. They look terrible but have so much more flavour than their yellow and slightly under ripe partners. If I am not ready to make the muffins I’ll peel and mash them up and freeze the pulp until such time as I am ready to bake.
Today was such a grey, miserable day with the rain lashing down from early morning that I could think of nothing nicer than putting a fresh pot of coffee on to brew and having some fresh home cooked banana muffins to cheer us up.
On the way to school yesterday my son sent me into panic mode. “You know it’s only 5 weeks until Christmas” he announced. “No way” was my immediate response but when I gave it some thought I realised he was right. I have so many things on my ‘to do’ list (thanks to Pinterest) so without wasting another day I decided to make a start on my neighbours gifts. Every year the kids make something to take over to them so I wanted to try these seasonal cookies. They were very easy and quick to make and will be perfect for the kids to make nearer the time. I then spent a lovely couple of hours making up some pretty boxes ready for the kids to package up their gifts.
I love Autumn. The gorgeous colours, the crisp, frosty mornings, the change in menus from light and fresh to slow cooked comfort food. Apple pie has to be one of my favourite comfort foods. There is nothing more inviting than the smell of fresh apple pie cooking in the oven. Just Heaven!! I had a couple of apples from our tree in the garden and decided to make these cute individual apple pies to take with us on a walk to the park.
I can’t believe it has been three months since I last posted on my blog. The beginning of August was when the kids broke up for their summer holiday and it has just been one thing after another since then. I had almost decided to not carry on with my blog because of the amount of time it takes up but I have really missed it and so for my own ‘me time’ I’m back.
The kids are now on their half term break and had asked me to bake them a cake and of course it had to be a chocolate cake. This chocolate cake is very indulgent but it is lovely and moist and perfect for a special occasion.
I’m off to put the kettle on and have a slice of chocolate cake – of course.