Banana & Lemon Iced Squares

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After seeing Selma @ Selma’s Table and Karinna @ Cheesy Biscuit make wonderful citrus flavour desserts, I just had to make me some.  This time however I introduced a new fruit into the mix ~ the banana.  I wasn’t sure how this recipe would come out but I was pleasantly surprised by the flavour combination.

It’s like a little tropical sunshine shines onto your palette when your eating your way through a spongy, sweet, soft square of deliciousness! 

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Another very simple and quick bake.  Great to impress for when you have friends coming round for coffee or a sweet treat for the family.  I reduced the butter content and flour content so that you really get the fruits coming through.  I especially love the tang of the sharp lemon icing…

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Hope you enjoy it!  I’m about to share some of it with my little nephew later on this afternoon.  Have a beautiful day, take care…much love D x

INGREDIENTS

150g softened butter
1 large ripe banana
100g caster sugar
3 large eggs
200g self raising flour
1 tsp lemon extract
3 tbsp milk

For the icing

Juice of one lemon
5-6 tbsp of icing sugar

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METHOD

• Grease and line a deep rectangular dish and preheat oven to 180°c

• In a food processor blend the banana, butter and sugar together until it combines.  Stir in the lemon extract

• Crack in the eggs, put in the milk and give it another whizz.  Gradually add in the flour and mix until combined

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• Empty out into the baking dish and level out using a spatula

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• Bake for 30-35 minutes untilk golden brown specks appear and a skewer comes out clean when poked into the centre of the sponge

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• Vigorously mix the icing sugar and lemon juice so that it becomes a smooth and sticky icing texture

• Once baked let the sponge cool down.  Top off with the icing using a spatula to cover the whole sponge

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• With a sharp knife cut into squares

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Serve on its own or with some ice cream…

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My Best Friend’s Banoffee Pie

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So it is Valentine’s Day on Friday and what better than to have this banoffee pie waiting for your loved one! Sweet, luxurious banana, caramel and chocolate, I’m in heaven just thinking about it!

This delicious recipe is from my best friend Anussha. I have featured her on Shivaay Delights before with her food and drink Anussha’s mint masala chai and Nutty fruity rusk biscuits She is amazing and she is just such a beautiful person. Thank you for sharing another recipe Anussha and look forward to more guest recipes from you! Much love D x

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INGREDIENTS

1 packet digestive biscuits crushed into crumbs
120g butter melted
80g plain chocolate
280ml double cream whipped
1 tin caramel treat
1 large banana sliced into rounds
Nuts or chocolate curls to garnish

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METHOD

• Combine the butter and biscuit crumbs together and pat firmly down into a pie dish

• Place in the fridge to set for 30-45 minutes

• Next melt the chocolate and pour onto the biscuit base. Layer the banana slices on to the chocolate

• Dollop and spread on the whipped cream as the next layer

• Lastly top with the caramel and garnish with chopped hazelnuts or chocolate curls

• You may want to set it further in the fridge or dig in straight away! Enjoy!

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A smaller version of the same

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(Picture from google & dishingupnirvana)

Caramel & banana chocolate slices

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My Bapuji (maternal grandpa) would have just loved these caramel banana slices. He was mad about bananas and would eat them at every chance he got. Having a sweet tooth did cost him in later life as he developed Diabetes, but he was very good at dodging our inquisitive questions on how much sugar he had consumed in the day, when we saw him reach out for something sweet. His typical answer would be “I’ve checked my blood sugar levels and had my tablets so don’t worry!”. I used to find some sweet stuff in his fridge and he always had a good excuse to why it was in there lol!

Sadly Bapuji is no longer with us but his love of bananas inspired me to bake these slices. Caramel topped fresh banana slices on a bed of banana chocolatey sponge. So here’s to you my Grandpa! We are remembering you with every sweet mouthful! Love you and miss you lots xxxx

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INGREDIENTS

For the sponge
140g mashed banana
2 tbsp milk
65g granulated sugar
75g plain flour
50g butter/healthier butter spread
1 egg
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

for the caramel topping
3 tbsp muscavado soft sugar
4 thin slabs of unsalted butter refer to picture below
1 large banana sliced into rounds

METHOD

• Preheat oven to 160°c/325°f/gas mark 3. In a long loaf tin grease the sides and spread the muscavado sugar along the bottom with the thin slabs of butter. Place in the oven on the middle shelf for 8-10 minutes until the caramel is bubbling and the sugar has dissolved.

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• Whilst the caramel is being cooked in the oven start the sponge. Mash up the banana in a food processor and then add all the other ingredients and give a good whizz until all is mixed well

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• Take out the tin stir to combine the caramel more

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Gently layer the banana on top of the caramel

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Pour in the chocolate sponge batter on top of the banana and bake for 40-45 minutes,until a skewer comes out clean

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• Once baked leave in the tin for 15 minutes and slowly invert onto a plate. Cut into slices using 1 banana row as a guide for 1 slice. Serve warm….

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Frozen chocolate banana bites

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I’m not a very big banana fan but when I saw this recipe it caught my eye. Chocolate with banana and coconut now thats something I could do! Mostly because of the chocolate! However to my surprise I really loved the banana once it had been frozen. It took on an ice cream texture and tasted great! The peanut butter adds the saltiness to balance out the sweetness from the chocolate and banana. A delicious yet I felt healthier treat when your craving something sweet.
Just loved it and no cooking involved just the magic of the freezer!

INGREDIENTS

2 large bananas sliced into 2 cm disks
80-100g plain chocolate
3 tbsp peanut butter
Unsweetened desiccated coconut for sprinkling

METHOD

1. Melt the chocolate in a large bowl over some boiling water in a saucepan or slowly melt in the microwave, remembering that the residual heat will melt it all in the end

2. Stir in the peanut butter. The chocolate mix should be thick and glossy, resist eating it now believe me!!! Dunk the banana disks in and completely cover. On a lined baking tray place the chocolate covered banana bites and then sprinkle with the coconut

3. Stick into the freezer for a few hours and then the bites will be ready to eat! Yes now you can eat them lol!

Inspired by pinterest