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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Victorious Victoria Sponge!

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The Victoria sponge was named after Queen Victoria who favoured a slice of cake with her afternoon tea. A British classic! Simply delightful and effortless to make, a delicate soft airy sponge cake recipe that you can adapt by adding other ingredients to make it more extravagant!

One of my family’s favourites. Especially my Dad! Who loves eating the sponge warm! Treat yourself this weekend with a Victoria sponge, enjoy! Much love D xxxx

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INGREDIENTS

220g self raising flour
175g caster sugar
175g butter or butter spread
3 large eggs
2 level tsp baking powder
½ tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp milk
4 tbsp warmed strawberry/raspberry seedless jam
Icing sugar for dusting

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METHOD

• Preheat oven to 180°c/350°f. Grease and line two 20cm diameter sandwich tins.

• Add all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl or mixer. Stir well until all the ingredients are combined. The batter should have a easy slip off the spoon consistency. If not then add a little more milk

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• Divide the batter between the two tins

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and bake on the same shelf for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and the sponge springs back to the touch

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• Remove sponges carefully and place on a cooling rack

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• Once cool spread the jam on one of the cakes and then sandwich together

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Finish off with a dusting of icing sugar

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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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