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Banana pancakes with Jack Johnson


Pancake day is back and I give you the fluffiest pancake recipe, tried and tested on the Aga. 
Try them with anything but I served these with a very yummy banana and toffee sauce… Recipe to follow! Diner beckons …
Thick creamy pancakes with banana sauce
Ingredients list:
Plain flour 175g
Baking powder 1 tsp
Caster sugar 25g
eggs 2 large
Plain natural yogurt 200ml ( Not the skinny version, please!)
sunflower oil 2 Tbsp
Sift the flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl. Stir in the sugar.
Make  a well in the flour.
Beat the eggs in omelette together and pour into your well.
Add the yogurt.
Beat well to form a smooth batter.
Leave to rest and heat a little oil in a pan. 
Drop a big dollop of batter and watch in rise and ooze a little!
Serve with a banana sauce and whole split bananas then put on Jack Johnson’s moody song “Banana pancakes”: “Pretend like is’s the week end now/ We can pretend it all the time…”
 I love it …. 

Steamed sticky toffee pudding


This is the sort of pudding that had me falling in love with British baking traditions: Simple, heart-warming and bursting with flavours. Perfect after a bracing walk round the Wetland Center in Barnes – where I took this reeds picture.

Ingredients list:

3 tbsp of golden syrup (or marmelade)

Self-raising flour 175g

Bicarbonate or baking powder 1 small spoonful


3 large eggs

Demerara sugar 175g

Treacle 1tbsp

(optional : 5 dates soaked in warm water with a drop of vanilla extract or a tbsp of ground ginger)

Sauce :

Golden syrup

Crème fraîche or double cream

Vanilla extract

Butter 1 tbsp

Prepare a pan of boiling water or an electric steamer.

Mix in the food processor: The flour, raising powder, soft butter, whole eggs, sugar and treacle. Scooping out the treacle with a hot spoon, dipped in boiling water, makes it very easy. Add the dates and vanilla or the ginger, if you choose.

Take a ceramic pudding bowl and smear generously with butter. Pour the golden syrup in the bottom. Add the mix. Level with a spoon and cover tightly with foil.

Put in your steamer or in a pan one third full of boiling water for at least two hours- not omitting to check the water level regularly!

Make the sauce by adding all the sauce ingredients to a small pan and heating through. Keep an eye on it until it achieves a nice golden toffee colour.

Take the pudding out and serve hot with a scoop of ice-cream – if you must…