I couldn't do it every weekend, but once in a while there's nothing quite like having zero plans and a flat to yourself. Saturday consisted of a wonderfully indulgent beauty day - eyebrow shaping, hair washing, Shellac nail painting, body buffing and Ren oil slathering... bliss!
That kind of level of beauty dedication, primping and preening works up quite the appetite I can tell you, so I decided to treat myself to a smidgen of unadulterated heaven...
When it comes to guilty pleasures, I'm partial to long, hot, Jo Malone oil-laced baths and tall, devishly handsome Ryan Gosling types, but when push comes to shove nothing really does it for me like a chunky slice of buttery banana bread with a steaming cup of tea. The combination of those words alone sends a sugary sensation up my spine! With that thought, off I popped to the recipe book shelf and selected Sophie Dahl's 'Voluptuous Delights' cookbook, turned straight to the dessert section and bingo, we were in banana bread business...
- x4 ripe bananas
- 75g of soft butter
- 200g of soft brown sugar
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla essence
- 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
- A pinch of salt
- 170g of plain flour
It really couldn't be any easier to make! Start by pre-heating the oven to 180 and grease up a skinny bread tin before getting stuck into the messy making work.
Use your hands to mash up the bananas and place them in a bowl along with the butter, sugar, egg and vanilla essence. Next add the bicarbonate of soda and salt and mix in the flour last.
Then simply pour the mixture into the pre-prepared tin and bake for 1 hour.
Remove and leave to cool slightly before brewing a pot of tea and cutting yourself a generous helping! The bigger the better in my opinion and even better served with a good vanilla ice cream - YUM!
The masterpiece before...
And in all its glory after...