Friday, June 22, 2012

Garden Gourmet Cook Off Tomorrow and a Fabulously Moist Banana Bread Recipe

Today I'll be in thick of it.  I'll be cooking off on the aptly named chopping block for Garden Gourmet at 12.30pm.  I know a few of you are going to venture down to watch (details below) and I can't wait to see you.  I'll either be swinging from the rafters or licking my wounds after to show. How about a coffee either way????

In the mean time, we managed to squeeze in some much need family time in the late afternoon earlier this week.  I baked a fantastic banana cake, which I mentioned here.  I quickly shot it as we were heading out the door.

We walked through the Warriewood Wetlands to our favourite waterfall.

Where we set up camp and indulged in the simple things.  Not bad for the middle of Winter in Sydney.
Win, loose or draw tomorrow ladies, I am safe in the knowledge that my fan club of 3, will love me anyway!!!!!!  As you can see, marriage is a moveable feast here at the Beach House.

Moist Banana Bread

1.5 cups of sugar
(125g) 1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1.5 cups of plain flour
3 large rip bananas mashed
1/2 cup of walnuts roughly chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 180 C/375 F
Beat sugar, butter and eggs
Add dry ingredients sifted
Add mashed banana, chopped nuts and vanilla.
Mix well to combine

Pour into a well greased and lined loaf tin.
Cook for 1 hour or until a skewer comes out clean.  I had to cook it for a further 10 minutes but topped it with baking paper to keep the crust a nice colour.
Sift icing sugar over the cake after removing from the tin after cooking, but whilst still warm.
This cake cuts beautifully when fully cooled.  If you want to eat it still a little warm slice it very carefully.

Garden Gourmet Cook Off Details
Friday 22 June 2012
Stand U20 at the Sydney Good Food and Wine Show at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. Darling Drive Darling Harbour.

Show and Tell Friday


  1. Fingers crossed here for your cook off! Hmmm the Banana cake looks awesome. Could I use brown sugar in this recipe? Altough it does look to have a lovely colour. I baked some cookies yesterday to take to the beach for morning tea. Good luck!

    1. I don't see why not to the sugar. I'm all for trying anything.
      PS thanks for the best wiahes

  2. Definitely have to copy this recipe down! Looks delicious!

  3. Well good luck with your cook off- have fun!!!
    I love banana bread but the kids keep eating all the bananas on me- I will have to hide some away!

  4. all the best for the cook off!! the banana bread looks fantastic.

  5. Beautiful pictures. Ohhh, that banana nut bread recipe sounds yummy! Have to keep this recipe.
    Have a great eve ~
    TTFN ~

  6. See you there! Will be cheering you on!!!! xx

  7. Looks delicious-I'm craving banana bread. Charming photos of family and the beach.
    Good luck at the Cook Off.

  8. Yum that bananna bread looks so damn good ... if the computer screen wasn't in the way I would be munching it down with a hot cup of coffee right about now :)

  9. It is so gorgeous where you live. I still want to be able to travel to Australia someday before I"m too old. So much to see and do.
    Your banana cake looks so tempting and delicious, sure made me hungry. I'm going to make it when we have some money to buy the ingredients. Hubs and I are on SS, there are 5 weeks between paydays for us this month. 4 wks. is hard enuf but 5, phew, we just squeek thru with many one pot meals. Good luck to you, how exciting to have your cooking featured.

    1. Wish I could send you a loaf from Australia.

  10. Just read this, how did you go yesterday? I hope you won!!!!! Nic

  11. I was just looking for a banana bread recipe! Yours looks delish and I love a moist banana bread. thanks...

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  12. Both my mother and I have made this banana bread over and over and over again. I had searched far and wide for a good MOIST one. Turns out great every darn time. The only thing I change is decrease the sugar to only 2/3 cup. This kicks butt!

    1. Thanks for the lovely feed back I really appreciate it.


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