Friday, August 29, 2014

Banana Bread.

I promised a you all a scrumptious Banana Bread recipe and that is exactly what I am writing about today. 

A deliciously soft crumbly bread that is absolutely delectable when warmed and slithered with a layer of butter.

Even though there are sugars and carbohydrates added, all of the ingredients are great for the body, but do feel free to adapt the recipe to a healthier version and be sure to let me know! I am obviously no nutritionist but most of the sugar are natural, which is what our body loves.

Everyone should enjoy food and all the different mouth watering dishes out there, but the key to it all is eating in moderation, which I am personally still finding difficult but it always a 

This recipe covers the basic ingredients, however feel free to mix in some chopped walnuts or mixed nuts, or even any dried fruits. This will make it your own and very special to share with others. I decided to keep mine quite classic but topped it will some whole walnuts down the centre to add a little diversity and texture. 

Banana bread is incredibly easy to make and if you wanted to make all in the one bowl to minimise the washing up. It is fantastic for on the go snacks once wrapped in cling film or stored in a container.

It is defiantly one of my family’s favourites and it usually lasts for about 4 days at the max, which is a compliment I assume. 

Banana Bread Recipe: 
*Serves 6-8 

125g Butter, softened 
175g Brown Sugar 
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract 
2 Eggs 
2 cups mashed banana 
255g plain (all-purpose) flour, sifted 
1 teaspoon baking powder, sifted 
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of baking soda 
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
115g (1/3 cup) golden syrup 
Extra butter to serve 

1. Preheat oven to 160-degrees (325-fahrenheit) and lightly grease a loaf tin with baking paper. 
2. Place the butter, sugar and vanilla in an electric mixer and beat for 8-10 minutes or until pale and creamy. A hand held mix will work perfectly fine as well. 
3. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Gradually add the eggs and beat well after each addition. 
4. Add the banana, flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and golden syrup and stir to combine. 
5. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and feel free to top with walnuts or mix in crushed walnuts to the batter for extra crunch and taste. 
6. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. 
7. Cool in the tin for 20 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. 
8. Slice and serve with the extra butter. 

I hope you enjoyed this recipe and I would love to see you make your own creation of the classic banana bread. Stayed tuned for some more delicious treats later this week. 

M x

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I'm back!

Good morning lovely readers!

I am back to update you once again of what you can hopefully (fingers crossed) expect to be published on my blog in the upcoming months.

Firstly as you might be able to tell already, I have had a little re-design of my blog! Through the time of not posting I came to realise that although I love fashion, beauty and all things girly, my passion is for cooking, lifestyle and DIY creations. So after more brainstorming and reading other blogs I decided to recreate and style my blog to suit what I really wanted it to be - simple, but effective with images and content. This is where I created Pantry & Co.

Trying to brainstorm a name for anything can be difficult so I will give you a little run down on what the meaning is behind my blogs name! I wanted two words with the classic ampersand, as I just love the simplicity and design of the symbol. One of the words for me had to relate to food and the second to share my love for lifestyle, travel and DIY tasks. Choosing these words carefully would let people have an indication of the style of blog and what it will hopefully deliver if they were to just see the name.

‘Pantry’ obviously expresses anything food related so there is no limit as to what I can create and publish for you, and for ‘Co’, it will cover anything else extra that I love.

I cannot believe how fast this year is going as we are almost in September, which means that Christmas will only be a click of the fingers away. Whilst celebrating the holiday season is magical I will also be partying to 13 years of schooling being finished. This means that I will have 3 months to potter, go on outings with friends (I will obviously take pictures and recount it for you) and simply relax and take in the summer sunshine until I start studying again next March, however it will be on something that I enjoy.

During the summer I plan on building up my blog and focusing on creating content for you all. By the time you read this I will have a whole 7 weeks of school to go and nine assignments to finish. I am getting back into baking as I definitely had a quiet patch of not taking a step into the kitchen to get out my mixer, which makes me sad because I have loved baking ever since I was little. I have clearly been trying to keep focused on my schoolwork, but somehow YouTube Videos and blogs always get me distracted and make me procrastinate. I am using my relaxation time from studying to bake and practice my photography, which I must say I am thoroughly enjoying.

So as for content I plan on creating a couple of food posts a week alongside some lifestyle posts to mix it up a little. I am going make some more lists (as if I don’t already need to make more) and organise my ‘blogging calendar’ and update you of what I will settle with, however obviously nothing is ever set in stone.

I already have about ten recipes waiting to be written and published, which are all currently sat in my posts as drafts, but tomorrow (Saturday) you should expect a delicious Banana Bread Recipe - mmm scrumptious! 

Please comment down below any recipes that you would like me to create or any other posts you would like to see and I will try my best to do them! I will try my absolute hardest to keep going with posts for you even if it is a little ramble or of any crazy ideas that I have in mind I will definitely keep you updated. I have saved so many of my favourite blog posts on my bloglovin page, which I certainly want to recreate one day, so head on over and visit my page for some further inspiration of some of bits and bobs that I love. 

Thank you all so much for being patient and staying to read my blog!

M x